Ex-Kasich aide accuses Trump of 'racist' language about black Dem candidate

Ex-Kasich aide accuses Trump of 'racist' language about black Dem candidate
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John Weaver, a Republican strategist who worked on Ohio Gov. John Kasich's (R) 2016 presidential campaign, accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE on Monday of using "racist" language to discuss Mississippi Senate candidate Mike Espy (D), who is black.

"@espyforsenate & his family -- especially his grandfather -- have served Mississippi for generations," Weaver tweeted Monday night. "What a (not much) coded racist message from the 'president*"

Weaver's tweet came in response to Trump's remarks at a rally for Espy's opponent, embattled Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R). 


"Oh, he's far-left, he's out there. How does he fit in with Mississippi? I mean, how does he fit in?" Trump told supporters in Mississippi on Monday.

Espy is competing in a heated runoff election Tuesday with Hyde-Smith, who has become mired in controversy over her remarks that she’d be “on the front row” if a supporter invited her to a “public hanging.” Hyde-Smith has said the comments were a joke.

Hyde-Smith has also drawn scrutiny for joking about making it more difficult for liberal students to vote as well as over a 2014 photo that resurfaced of her wearing a Confederate hat in a museum. 

Espy has also faced obstacles, with Republican attacks over a past lobbying contract with a West African despot and previous bribery allegations, though he’s been acquitted of all charges.