It’s no secret that, for weeks now, North Dakota Democrats and the campaign of their top candidate, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, have been bragging about their candidate’s pro-Trump voting record?
Yes, I’ve written about that a lot lately, but I’m still chuckling at Heitkamp’s campaign staffers furiously Tweeting a recent Associated Press “fact check” of Heitkamp’s claim to vote with Trump “most of the time.”
Case in point, can you imagine how much it must gall former Media Matters employee Julia Krieger, currently Heitkamp’s communications director, to tweet about how often her boss votes with Trump’s agenda? As I write this the front page of Media Matters is almost entirely links to stories bashing Trump.
— Julia Krieger (@jnkrieger) June 19, 2018
And here’s Heitkamp Press Secretary Sean Higgins, too:
— Sean Higgins (@smhigg) June 19, 2018
Heitkamp does actually vote with Trump most of the time, though far less often than even the least Trump-friendly member of the U.S. Senate according to the vote counting at FiveThirtyEight. But she’s also turned on Trump on some key votes. “Heitkamp voted against several other Republican-sponsored bills, including legislation that allows states to deny federal funds for abortion providers, a failed GOP attempt to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s tax on high-cost health insurance plans,” the Associated Press reports.
North Dakota’s mostly conservative voters will have to evaluate who will vote more often to advance the policies they care about in Congress, Kevin Cramer or Heidi Heitkamp. But for now can we just admire the utter absurdity of professional left wing activists, people who detest President Trump and have the work history to prove it, working over time to convince red state voters that their boss loves Trump?
In the 2016 election cycle North Dakota Democrats decried Trump as “vile” and “unfit for office.” In 2016 they’re falling all over themselves to depict their Senate candidate as a loyal Trump ally.