Trump rips Conor Lamb as '#LambTheSham' in endorsing his GOP opponent

Trump rips Conor Lamb as '#LambTheSham' in endorsing his GOP opponent
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE attacked Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb (D) in a pair of tweets Saturday morning that endorsed Lamb's opponent, Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Pennsylvania New Members 2019 MORE (R-Pa.), in the battle for the state's newly drawn 17th District.

Trump tweeted his support for Rothfus on Saturday as Vice President Pence headed to the state to campaign for Rothfus. He also resurfaced a nickname for Lamb, "Lamb the Sham."

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The two congressmen are dueling for the newly drawn district, currently held by Rep. Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightHouse Dems up funding for science agencies, ignoring proposed Trump cuts Overnight Energy: Dems press Interior chief to embrace climate action | Lawmakers at odds on how to regulate chemicals in water | Warren releases climate plan for military Interior chief dismisses climate concerns in first Natural Resources hearing: 'I haven't lost any sleep over it' MORE (D), who himself was redistricted to Pennsylvania's 8th District.

".@VP Pence is heading to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where we have both strongly endorsed one of the finest men around, Congressman Keith @RothfusForPA. He is running against #LambTheSham, who is telling everyone how much he likes me, but he will only vote with Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments MORE. Keith is strong on borders and tough on crime — and loves cutting taxes! #MAGA" Trump tweeted.

Trump has previously claimed that Lamb was elected to Pennsylvania's 18th District in a special election this year only because of his support for the Trump administration's policies, including erroneously stating that Lamb supported the GOP tax plan.

“The young man last night that ran, he said, ‘Oh, I’m like Trump. Second Amendment, everything. I love the tax cuts, everything.’ He ran on that basis,” the president told donors after Lamb's victory, according to The Atlantic. “He ran on a campaign that said very nice things about me. I said, ‘Is he a Republican? He sounds like a Republican to me.’ ”

The Cook Political Report rates Pennsylvania's newly drawn 17th District, the result of the state Supreme Court finding the old state map unconstitutional, a "toss-up" heading into November's midterm elections where Democrats hope to pick up 23 seats and retake the House.

 

This article was updated at 11:33 a.m. to clarify Rep. Lamb's stance on the GOP tax reform bill, passed in December.