It’s not very often that the eyes of the nation are on North Dakota, but yesterday they were as President Trump was in Fargo. With Scheels Arena packed to its capacity of 6,000 – and thousands more turned away – the President spoke in an effort to mobilize support for Congressman Kevin Cramer in his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
Heitkamp has been running on her record as someone that has voted for the Trump agenda more than 50% of the time. And lest anyone take Trump’s reference to the sitting U.S. Senator being a “good woman” last September as some kind of support, I’d suggest that they listen to his speech from yesterday. The President left zero doubt as to who he wants representing North Dakota in the U.S. Senate after November.
Trump not only referred to Heidi Heitkamp as a “liberal Democrat”, but he picked apart her record on issues in which she was not supportive of his agenda— the Obamacare repeal, Tax Cuts, late-term abortion ban, etc. In President Trump’s words:
“You need a senator who doesn’t just talk like they’re from North Dakota, but votes like they’re from North Dakota. And that is Kevin Cramer. So, a vote for any Democrat in November is a vote for [Chuck] Schumer, [Nancy] Pelosi, and Maxine [Waters].”
As I’ve said before, given the choice between a Democrat who votes with him some of the time and a Republican who’ll vote with him nearly all of it, Trump will take the Republican.
Heidi Heitkamp better re-think the campaign strategy she’s spent so much time building, because in a matter of minutes the President of the United States destroyed it yesterday.
If you were unable to attend the rally or couldn’t view/listen to the President’s speech livestream, you can watch it below: