Republican Candidate Slams Trump: He Supports ‘Guy Accused Of Pedophilia’

Don Blankenship criticized President Trump for supporting Alabama's Roy Moore in last year's special election.

West Virginia’s most controversial Republican candidate for Senate shot back at President Trump Monday after the president urged the state’s voters to steer clear of him ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Don Blankenship, who has said in that past that he is “Trumpier than Trump”, chastised the president for backing Alabama’s Roy Moore in last year’s special election.

The former coal executive, who served time in prison following a 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 miners, said, “Again, we all really like President Trump's policies but we know that he doesn't get things right. I mean he recommended that people vote for a guy that was basically accused of pedophilia in Alabama,” referencing the president’s support for Judge Roy Moore in last year’s Alabama Senate race.

This follows Blankenship’s earlier statement on Monday in which he said that “tomorrow, West Virginia will send the swamp a message—no one, I mean no one, will tell us how to vote. As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump and this morning proves it.”

Recent polls show Blankenship cruising past his opponents as the primary draws near, earning the candidate a narrow lead and making the Republican party nervous.