Rep. David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyMcBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines Trump backs one GOP lawmaker over another in West Virginia primary Lawmakers who bucked their parties on the T infrastructure bill MORE (R-W.Va.) slammed his primary opponent and fellow West Virginia Rep. Alex MooneyAlexander (Alex) Xavier MooneyMcBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines Trump backs one GOP lawmaker over another in West Virginia primary Ethics watchdog finds ‘substantial’ evidence Rep. Malinowski failed to disclose stocks MORE (R-Va.) for supporting President BidenJoe BidenFederal class action lawsuit filed over treatment of Haitian migrants Staffer who had contact with Biden tests positive for COVID-19 Overnight Defense & National Security — New rules try to tackle extremism in the ranks MORE‘s bipartisan infrastructure package in an ad released on Tuesday.
“It was a bill no conservative would support but David McKinley did,” the ad’s narrator says in the ad, which was featured in Punchbowl News. “Biden’s trillion-dollar spending bill was dead until McKinley resurrected it.”
The ad refers to McKinley as a “RINO,” an acronym for “Republican in name only,” and says the legislation has contributed to record inflation in the U.S.
McKinley was one of the 13 House Republicans who voted for the infrastructure package, which Biden signed into law last month. President TrumpDonald TrumpBill O’Reilly says Trump will run again Iran’s Revolutionary Guard stages massive exercise amid heightened tensions DC police officer beaten during Jan. 6 attack resigns MORE and his wing of the party have slammed the legislation, as well as the Republicans who voted for it.
“Saving America starts by saving the GOP from RINOs, sellouts, and known losers!” Trump said in a statement that was used in Mooney’s ad.
“Any interest from good and SMART America First Republican Patriots to run primary campaigns against Representatives Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceLIVE COVERAGE: Tax hikes take center stage in Ways and Means markup Republicans hit Biden over Afghanistan, with eye on midterms Biden says deadly attack won’t alter US evacuation mission in Afghanistan MORE, John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoLanguage requiring companies to report cyberattacks left out of defense bill Kevin McCarthy is hostage to the GOP’s ‘exotic wing’ McCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP MORE, Don Bacon, Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungCongress to take up marijuana reform this spring Thanks to President Biden, infrastructure is bipartisan again — it needs to stay that way Biden signs trillion infrastructure bill into law MORE, Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonDemocrats outraged after Manchin opposes Biden spending bill President Biden’s bipartisanship seems like unilateral disarmament Florida man charged with threatening Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi MORE (challenge accepted), Andrew Garbarino, Peter MeijerPeter MeijerTrump endorses primary challenger to Peter Meijer in Michigan The 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress MORE (challenge accepted), David McKinley (challenge accepted), Nancy MaceNancy MaceThe clear and present danger of Jim Jordan & Co. Key House chairman wants to lead official trip to Taiwan in January Edie Falco join PETA in pitching animal experimentation reforms MORE, Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerAdams: Maternal health is in ‘a crisis within a crisis’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron’s cloud Overnight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Supreme Court weighs abortion restrictions MORE (challenge accepted) and Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithHow Congress plans to ban goods produced by Uyghur forced labor Democrats, Republicans call for Biden to support Tibet autonomy Lawmakers who bucked their parties on the T infrastructure bill MORE?” Trump continued in the statement.
Trump endorsed Mooney over McKinley last month. McKinley’s backing of the infrastructure package was not the first time the West Virginia congressman has gone against the former president. McKinley voted against efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania. He also supported an investigation into the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol.
“Mooney has done an outstanding job as Congressman in West Virginia,” Trump said in his endorsement. “In fact, he recently opposed the horrendous Biden Administration’s ‘Non-Infrastructure’ plan, and he opposed the January 6th Committee, also known as the Unselect Committee of partisan hacks and degenerates.”
McKinley and Mooney were pitted against each other after West Virginia lost a congressional district in redistricting this year in October.