Trump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona

Trump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE traveled to Arizona on Friday to boost GOP Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyArizona New Members 2019 House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — First lady's office pushes for ouster of national security aide | Trump taps retired general as ambassador to Saudis | Mattis to visit border troops | Record number of female veterans to serve in Congress MORE while bashing her Democratic Senate rival Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, calling her a "far-left extremist."

Trump used a campaign-style rally in Phoenix to go after the Democratic candidate over her past foreign policy stances while invoking the issue of immigration to urge voters to back McSally, who is an Air Force veteran.

“While Martha was bravely fighting the Taliban, Kyrsten Sinema said she had no problem with Americans defecting from our country to join the Taliban,” he told the crowd, using a GOP attack line on the candidate.

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“Kyrsten Sinema voted strongly against tax cuts,” he continued. “Not because she believes that, but because Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiCalif. congresswoman-elect bumps into Pelosi at airport Sunday shows preview: New members preview agendas after Democratic House takeover Trump predicts Pelosi will be Speaker: ‘She deserves this’ MORE told her to do that… She’ll do whatever they tell her.”

“She voted for Obama’s amnesty, and she voted against the border wall. She wants to let poisonous drugs pour into your community… Sinema voted to support deadly sanctuary cities.” 

Sinema and McSally are locked in a tight race to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny Sunday shows preview: New members preview agendas after Democratic House takeover Veteran political reporter says New Hampshire voters have 'hunger' to moderate political turbulence MORE (R-Ariz.). Both candidates have seen themselves with a single-digit lead in polls released this month.

When pressed about her comments related to the Taliban during a debate on Monday, Sinema responded that she always had the priorities of Arizonans first.

“Martha has chosen to run a campaign like the one you’re seeing right now, where she’s engaging in ridiculous attacks and smearing my campaign,” Sinema said. “And she’s just trying to cut, cut, cut and not share the full picture. But the truth is that I’ve always fought for Arizona, and I’ve been proud to serve our state in elected office for over 13 years.”

Trump during the rally Friday night also echoed a refrain contrasting "mobs" and "jobs" that he has used against other Democratic candidates, declaring, “If you don’t want radical Democratic mob to control Congress… vote for Martha McSally.” 

“It will be the second greatest vote you ever cast, the first greatest vote was for me."