Trump blasts Tester at Montana rally: 'He loves the swamp'

Trump blasts Tester at Montana rally: 'He loves the swamp'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE bashed Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterCortez Masto poised to become DSCC chair Mellman: The triumph of partisanship VA under pressure to deliver Trump reforms MORE (D-Mont.) during a campaign rally in his home state of Montana on Thursday night, accusing the incumbent senator of embracing the "swamp" in Washington, D.C.

“Jon Tester will never drain the swamp because he happens to live in the swamp and he loves the swamp,” Trump said in Billings, Mont., while touting Tester's Senate GOP rival Matt Rosendale.

"The problem is he’s never going to vote for me,” Trump added, referring to Tester.

Trump attempted to tie the Democratic senator to his popular foils, Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFacebook reeling after damning NYT report Schumer warns Trump to stay out of government funding negotiations Schumer predicts Nelson will 'continue being senator' if 'every vote counted' MORE (N.Y.), House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDem lawmaker: 'There's plenty of competent females' that can be Speaker instead of Pelosi Marcia Fudge under spotlight as Pelosi Speaker fight heats up Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP MORE (Calif.) and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMarcia Fudge under spotlight as Pelosi Speaker fight heats up On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board Pelosi allies rage over tactics of opponents MORE (D-Calif.).

“Don’t forget, Tester’s going to vote with the Waters and the Pelosi's. Can you believe it, Maxine Waters is the new leader in the party…she is something. But he’s going to vote for Schumer, he’s going to do whatever they say…Their policies are horrible,” he said.

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“Jon Tester talks like he’s from Montana, but he votes like he’s Nancy Pelosi," Trump added.

Trump also slammed Tester for his handling of the failed confirmation of Dr. Ronny Jackson as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Tester, as ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, announced allegations of misconduct made against Jackson by coworkers. 

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonUS firm goes on lobbying blitz in fight with Angola Trump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations MORE (R-Ga.) supported Tester in his handling of the allegations.

Tester's campaign issued a statement that steered clear of criticizing Trump while highlighting the president's praise for bills advocated by Tester.

“Thank you to President Trump for once again praising the work Jon Tester has done reducing regulations, fighting for veterans, and working to hold the VA accountable," Tester campaign manager Christie Roberts said in a statement.

"We urge the President to sign Jon’s 19th bill that currently sits on his desk. While Jon keeps fighting for Montana, Matt Rosendale continues to look out for himself rather than stand up for Montana."

During his rally Thursday night, Trump praised Tester’s opponent Rosendale, the Montana state auditor and former member of the state legislature.

“Very, very important that we elect Matt, and frankly other republicans,” Trump said.

Rosendale briefly came to the podium to heap praise upon Trump, saying, “This crowd is all here for you, and what a crowd it is."

"Thank you for fighting for us and for always putting America first. Montana is going to right a wrong this November and we’re going to send you the conservative reinforcements you need to continue your good work,” he said. 

"My promise to each and every one of you is that I will always put Montana first and stick with president trump to make sure we advance his agenda."

Rosendale went on to tout Trump’s immigration policies, vow to only serve two terms in the Senate and announced the National Rifle Association's endorsement of his campaign.

Tester is one of 10 Democratic senators running for reelection in states Trump won in 2016. Two polls show him with a single-digit lead over Rosendale, and the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race as as "likely" Democrat.