Rep. Lou Barletta’s fundraising efforts in Pennsylvania have been dismal, only raising $550,000 in his fourth quarter, and now Donald Trump has thrown his support behind him. Trump endorsed two losing candidates in deep-red Alabama. He backed Luther Strange in the Republican primary then threw his support behind alleged pedophile Roy Moore for the general election. Moore was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones. Now, he’s’ backing Barletta, a far-right Republican, who, in 2006 did an interview with a Holocaust-denying publication. Barletta has quite a history.
Still, Donald threw his support behind him.
“Rep. Lou Barletta, a Great Republican from Pennsylvania who was one of my very earliest supporters, will make a FANTASTIC Senator,” he tweeted. “He is strong & smart, loves Pennsylvania & loves our Country! Voted for Tax Cuts, unlike Bob Casey, who listened to Tax Hikers Pelosi and Schumer!”
Rep. Lou Barletta, a Great Republican from Pennsylvania who was one of my very earliest supporters, will make a FANTASTIC Senator. He is strong & smart, loves Pennsylvania & loves our Country! Voted for Tax Cuts, unlike Bob Casey, who listened to Tax Hikers Pelosi and Schumer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2018
After Trump’s endorsement, Barletta took to Twitter.
“We are revitilizing [sic] the American dream day after day,” the anti-immigrant Republican wrote with a total disregard to the English language. “America will grow America will prosper America will be greater than ever before. #MAGA.”
We are revitilizing the American dream day after day.
America will grow
America will prosper
America will be greater than ever before. #MAGA
— Rep. Lou Barletta (@RepLouBarletta) February 11, 2018
Democrats on Twitter are overjoyed.
— IT’S MUELLER TIME. (@LedJEFFlin) February 11, 2018
Still hanging out with Holocaust deniers? You’re unfit to serve.https://t.co/mEmINkVJle
— Maniculae (@maniculae) February 11, 2018
— Informed Smart (@InformedSmart) February 11, 2018
Lou Barletta when he gets endorsed by trump… pic.twitter.com/DhpOjJzemZ
— wolf for hire (@thewolfforhire) February 11, 2018
The dreaded Trump endorsement curse!
— Dwayne Burton (@dwayneburton_IN) February 11, 2018
I love when you promote a republican because we know they always lose. Keep promoting please. Your endorsement is toxic and we love it.
— 𝖂𝖎𝖑𝖑𝖎𝖆𝖒 𝖂𝖆𝖙𝖙𝖘 (@WmWatts61) February 11, 2018
Well there’s the kiss of death.
— Rancid Butter (@TheButteryOne) February 11, 2018
This is true. Barletta was endorsed by David Duke. So was Donald Trump.
David Duke also endorsed Barletta. Coincidence??
Barletta faced Kanjorski again in 2008. David Duke, American white supremist and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, endorsed Lou Barletta in this race
— darren ball (@darren_ball69) February 11, 2018
The kiss of death for him. Whoever you endorse, loses. Oh and the Dems don’t want to raise taxes. They just don’t want to give huge tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations.
— AmazonAnne (@BaghdadAnne) February 11, 2018
So now he’ll lose
— Soviet Sergey (@SovietSergey) February 11, 2018
Trump won Alabama by almost 20 points in the 2016 election and both of his endorsements failed.
Barletta is challenging Democratic Sen. Bob Casey who has $6.8 million on hand to spend on his re-election campaign. During the last three months of 2017, he raised $2.6 million.
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