SALTER: ‘The bigger the rebuke of Trump the better for the country…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Mark Salter, a longtime aide and confidant of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), urged Americans to vote for the Democratic Party to send a message to President Donald Trump and the Republicans who support him.
Vote For the Democrat (in most cases). That feels weird to write. But the bigger the rebuke of Trump the better for the country. Resist.
— Mark Salter (@MarkSalter55) November 6, 2018
Salter, a longtime critic of the president, publicly announced in 2016 that he would vote for Hillary Clinton over Trump, according to The Hill.
He has also attacked Trump’s “unstable personality” and dismissed the president’s criticism of then-ailing McCain, writing on Twitter: “The Senator doesn’t give a rat’s ass what this particular president says or thinks about him.”
Salter isn’t the only McCain aide to denounce Trump and the GOP.
Steve Schmidt, a GOP strategist best known for leading McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008, has frequently attacked Republicans for supporting the president.
In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in September, Schmidt says the GOP needs to stop nominating candidates that unabashedly support Trump and his agenda.
“The Republicans fundamentally have a nut problem,” he said. “You have a lot of nutball candidates.”
Schmidt said the GOP’s support of the president will ultimately hurt the party, especially moving into Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“What you do see across the country as we head into the fall campaign, I think, is a rising wave that’s going to repudiate Trumpism,” Schmidt said. “I think the majority opposes the tone, the meanness, the cruelty, the vileness, the corruption of it all before you get a single issue, and we’re seeing that in the generic ballots.”
Similarly, Nicolle Wallace, a former McCain campaign adviser and current MSNBC host, said she is rooting for Democrats to take Congress on Tuesday to provide a “check and balance” on the White House last month during an interview on “Late Night” with Seth Meyers.
“More often than not, people that have seen American presidents up close and know what the conduct is supposed to be like will ultimately decide that a check on this administration is urgent,” she said.