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Trump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona

Trump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE traveled to Arizona on Friday to boost GOP Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyNew rule shakes up Senate Armed Services subcommittees The Seventeenth Amendment and the censure of Donald Trump Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly jokes about piloting congressional subway 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 PelosiTrump shows he holds stranglehold on GOP, media in CPAC barnburner Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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 FlakeFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination Klain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' 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."