Trump slams Donnelly over ads for Libertarian candidate

Trump slams Donnelly over ads for Libertarian candidate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: 'White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group' National Enquirer paid 0,000 for Bezos texts: report Santorum: Trump should 'send emails to a therapist' instead of tweeting MORE blasted Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (D-Ind.) regarding a report the Indiana Democratic Party is purchasing ads to boost the Libertarian candidate in The Hoosier State’s tight Senate race. 

“Rumor has it that Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana is paying for Facebook ads for his so-called opponent on the libertarian ticket. Donnelly is trying to steal the election? Isn’t that what Russia did!?” Trump tweeted Saturday.

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The tweet follows a report from The Daily Beast Friday that the state’s Democratic Party is funding Facebook ads questioning how conservative Republican candidate Mike Braun is and urging voters to support Libertarian candidate Lucy Brenton. The ads say they are “authorized by Donnelly for Indiana,” Donnelly’s reelection campaign.

“Mike Braun will say anything to get elected, but the fact is that he was an active Democrat for decades, and voted to raise your taxes 159 times,” one of the ads reads. Libertarian Party candidate “Lucy Brenton is the true anti-tax conservative.”

“The ads highlighting how Lucy Brenton is the true conservative in the Indiana Senate race are paid for by the Indiana Democratic Party. They are perfectly legal, factual, and accurately represent Lucy Brenton's anti-tax record. These ads draw attention to Rep. Braun’s record of voting to raise taxes on Hoosiers dozens of times as a State Representative while writing legislation to give himself tax breaks,” the Indiana Democratic Party said in a statement.

The ads could be an effort to divide the Republican vote ahead of an election for a Senate seat that Republicans are keen on flipping. The race as proven to be tight, with The Cook Political Report rating the race as a “toss up,” and President Trump won Indiana by nearly 20 points in 2016.

Democrats are defending 10 seats in states Trump won in 2016 and Republicans hope to expand on their 51-49 majority in Congress’ upper chamber.