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GOP Launches All-Out Assault on Jon Tester After VA Flap

The president called for Tester’s resignation last week, and now Republican groups are targeting Tester for sidelining Trump’s pick for VA secretary.

By NTK Staff | 05.02.2018 @11:00am
GOP Launches All-Out Assault on Jon Tester After VA Flap

Dishonest. Disgraceful. These are just a couple of the words President Trump used to describe Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), and now those words are finding their way into television ads in Montana.

The president blasted the Montana senator for publicly disclosing unsubstantiated accusations lobbed against Ronny Jackson, the White House physician nominated by Trump to become secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. On Tuesday, he called for Tester to resign.

In a television advertisement unveiled Tuesday, America First Action quotes Trump calling Tester, who is up for re-election this year, “dishonest” and disgraceful.”

“In Montana, we value integrity and support our president,” the narrator in the ad begins. “But Jon Tester spread false information about a respected Navy admiral, helping D.C. Democrats derail President Trump’s Veterans Affairs nominee.”

The ad charges that Tester “has been part of the D.C. swamp for far too long,” and has “betrayed our trust, our veterans and our president.”

The narrator concludes: “It’s time for him to go.”

Trump told Fox & Friends last week that Tester should “pay a big price” for his accusations, and it appears that process is just beginning.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) similarly launched ads this week going after the senior senator from Montana.

The ad shows a clip of Mr. Trump saying that what Tester did to Jackson “is a disgrace” and a Trump tweet that said Tester should resign. “Trump is right. It’s time for Jon Tester to go,” the ad says.

“Sen. Tester didn’t even think twice before spreading unsubstantiated claims about a decorated veteran, just to please Chuck Schumer and his liberal party bosses in Washington,” NRSC spokesman Calvin Moore said Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Tester campaign dismissed the ad as “just politics.” The NRSC ad starts airing Wednesday and will run for “at least a week,” according to the Associated Press.

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