The Republican party has, according to Murphy, become the party of Donald Trump: "Al Trump all the time", appears to be the prevailing political philosophy within the GOP, according to the strategist. Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat in a Tuesday special election, point blank why he invited Trump to campaign for him at his event in Delaware County.
Responding to Saturday's rally at an OH high school gym meant to boost the prospects of Republican Troy Balderson in a tightly contested special election scheduled for Tuesday, a top GOP operative confided "Today is a flawless example" of Trump's failings as an advocate for candidates.
He blasted the media as "fake news", saying journalists "were bad people", and went on a screed against illegal immigration.
But while he didn't mention the Akron native, he did invoke similar rhetoric while training fire on one of his new favorite targets, Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California.
While Donald Trump's presidency may have contributed to Democrats and Republicans growing further apart, it also seems to have widened the gap between the pro-Trump wing of the GOP, and the anti-Trump wing of the same party. "He's a fearless, tough cookie".
Mr. Trump's support may be crucial in the central OH district, where Balderson and O'Connor are close in recent polls.
"Get out and vote for Steve on Aug 7th", Trump wrote in a tweet that referenced Representative Steve Stivers.
Trump gave a full-throated endorsement to state Sen.
Trump was traveling Saturday to OH to hold a rally for state Sen.
He was joined by a familiar face on Air Force One: Hope Hicks, his longtime campaign staffer and White House communications director, who departed the administration earlier this year.