Trump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE traveled to Arizona on Friday to boost GOP Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE while bashing her Democratic Senate rival Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, calling her a “far-left extremist.”

Trump used a campaign-style rally in Phoenix to go after the Democratic candidate over her past foreign policy stances while invoking the issue of immigration to urge voters to back McSally, who is an Air Force veteran.

“While Martha was bravely fighting the Taliban, Kyrsten Sinema said she had no problem with Americans defecting from our country to join the Taliban,” he told the crowd, using a GOP attack line on the candidate.

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“Kyrsten Sinema voted strongly against tax cuts,” he continued. “Not because she believes that, but because Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE told her to do that… She’ll do whatever they tell her.”

“She voted for Obama’s amnesty, and she voted against the border wall. She wants to let poisonous drugs pour into your community… Sinema voted to support deadly sanctuary cities.” 

Sinema and McSally are locked in a tight race to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (R-Ariz.). Both candidates have seen themselves with a single-digit lead in polls released this month.

When pressed about her comments related to the Taliban during a debate on Monday, Sinema responded that she always had the priorities of Arizonans first.

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“Martha has chosen to run a campaign like the one you’re seeing right now, where she’s engaging in ridiculous attacks and smearing my campaign,” Sinema said. “And she’s just trying to cut, cut, cut and not share the full picture. But the truth is that I’ve always fought for Arizona, and I’ve been proud to serve our state in elected office for over 13 years.”

Trump during the rally Friday night also echoed a refrain contrasting “mobs” and “jobs” that he has used against other Democratic candidates, declaring, “If you don’t want radical Democratic mob to control Congress… vote for Martha McSally.” 

“It will be the second greatest vote you ever cast, the first greatest vote was for me.”

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