President Donald Trump is actively campaigning against one freshman Democratic lawmaker as part of his effort to deliver Pennsylvania to the win column on Election Day.
The president this week called on his supporters to vote U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb out of Congress, asserting that “it’s personal” to him because the lawmaker voted in favor of his impeachment earlier this year, as reported by the Washington Times.
“He voted with craziness”
Trump visited Pennsylvania on Thursday, appearing in Latrobe for a campaign speech focused on themes including China, hydraulic fracturing, and the status of domestic manufacturing jobs.
He made the case that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would “never be able to protect your jobs or your family” if elected in November.
The topic soon shifted to his own impeachment, which Trump called “ridiculous” and blamed for standing in the way of his agenda. He identified Lamb as one of the Democratic votes in favor.
“He voted with craziness. And so we thought, this Conor Lamb guy, he even voted to impeach your president over nothing,” the president said. “Zero. Zero. And that’s very personal. When they do that, that’s personal.”
“You can have Romney”
Trump also took aim at the lone Republican to vote for his impeachment, alleging that U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) “couldn’t be elected dog catcher in Utah right now” based on that vote, among other things.
“And I have to say, congressmen, 196 to nothing they stuck with us and so did the Senate other than Romney,” Trump said of his party’s support. “You can have Romney I think.”
Turning his attention back to the congressional race, he offered an endorsement of Sean Parnell, a military veteran challenging Lamb.
The president called the Republican “a real hero,” claiming that “he’s tougher, he’s stronger, he’s smarter, he’s better looking” than the incumbent.
Lamb might have convinced some Republicans that he had conservative roots two years ago, but the president is committed to reminding Pennsylvania voters about his support of the highly partisan House impeachment effort.