Nevada Dem Senate candidate fires back at Trump: 'I’m not afraid to stand up to him'

Nevada Dem Senate candidate fires back at Trump: 'I’m not afraid to stand up to him'
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Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE on Saturday after he dubbed her "Wacky Jacky" during a campaign speech in Nevada.

“The President is attacking me with lies and petty insults because I’m not afraid to stand up to him," Rosen said in a statement after the rally. "Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump’s shifting Cabinet to introduce new faces Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Progressive strategist says changing demographics will help Dems MORE has been a rubber stamp for Donald Trump in Washington, caving to the President’s divisive agenda at Nevada’s expense. This was Senator Heller’s reward for his loyalty.”

Rosen, who is challenging Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in this fall's midterm elections, was singled out by Trump during the Nevada state GOP convention.

"[Heller's] opponent wants to raise taxes," Trump said, to boos. "She wants to raise taxes, think of it. I mean, it's ridiculous. Should I mention her name?" 

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Trump paused as the crowd cheered him on to reveal her nickname.

"I have a great nickname for her," Trump added. "Wacky Jacky. You don't want her as your senator."

Heller is considered to be vulnerable in his Senate race, with Democrats hoping to pick up his seat to help flip the Senate. 

Nevada Independent/Mellman Group survey from April showed Heller leading Rosen by just 1 point.