In Late Endorsement Trump Criticizes Sanford, Praises Arrington

June 12, 2018, 7:14 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — In a late endorsement for South Carolina’s first congressional district, President Donald Trump praised one candidate while criticizing another.

Trump weighed in on Twitter endorsing Katie Arrington for Congress over incumbent Mark Sanford.

In that tweet, the President said “Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina.”

He went on to say, “I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love.”

Sanford, who has never lost a race, has led in the polls for a majority of the time, but Arrington made a substantial over the last few weeks.

He says he’s committed to continuing to represent the Lowcountry in Washington.

Arrington says it is time for a shake-up.

“It’s the year of the woman, it’s the year of Donald trump, let’s send somebody who is going to go to Washington and be supportive of what we in South Carolina want — a conservative agenda. That’s what we’re about,” she said.

“I’ve tried to convey where I’m coming from and the themes and ideas I think are important and it’s up to voters to decide as to what they want in the way of representation in Washington,” said Sanford.

Meantime, Democratic candidate Joe Cunningham voted in West Ashley earlier Tuesday morning, baby in hand.

He acknowledged the difficulty of running as a blue candidate in a red state, but says it’s not about democrat or republican, it’s about what is best for the Lowcountry.

Cunningham says step one pf bringing about change is getting a new person to Washington.

“Since he went up there in 1994, almost a quarter of a century ago, has the price of your healthcare gone down,” he asked. “I think the answer is no. Has the quality of your kids education gone up? I think the answer is no. I think we need some new people in congress with new vision and new leadership.”

Cunningham is running against Toby Smith.