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Trump Got ‘Bad Advice’ About Who To Back in South Carolina GOP Congressional Race

Trump Got ‘Bad Advice’ About Who To Back in South Carolina GOP Congressional Race

One of Donald Trump’s former allies says he “simply got bad advice” when it comes to backing a candidate in a contentious GOP primary for Congress in South Carolina.

Ahead of a rally in Florence on Saturday night, the word is Trump is likely to praise GOP hopeful Katie Arrington and trash the incumbent, Nancy Mace, in the upcoming race for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Trump has previously called Mace “absolutely horrendous.”

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Trump’s support for Arrington has exposed the rift between him and former Trump White House officials Mick Mulvaney and Nikki Haley, both of whom hail from South Carolina. Neither will appear at the rally with Trump on Saturday, despite their high profile in the state.

Mulvaney, the former acting White House chief of staff, told Politico, “I can only wonder if he got advice from anyone who actually follows S.C. politics. I know he didn’t ask me, or Nikki.” The divisions, as with most rifts within the GOP at the moment, date back to the 2020 election and the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol. Both Mulvaney and Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, sharply criticized Trump after the attack.

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“I can’t stay,” Mulvaney said as he announced his resignation as US special envoy to Northern Ireland the day after the Capitol attack. “Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they’re worried the president might put someone worse in.” Since then, the former South Carolina congressman has publicly pushed back against Trump’s attempt to rewrite what happened on January 6th, such as when he denied that the widespread violence at the insurrection had occurred and claimed his supporters were “hugging and kissing” the Capitol police while posing “zero threat.”

“I was surprised to hear the President say that. Clearly, there were people who were behaving themselves, and then there were people who absolutely were not, but to come out and say that everyone was fine and there was no risk, that’s just manifestly false – people died, other people were severely injured,” Mulvaney said on CNN last March. “It’s not right to say there was no risk, I don’t know how you can say that when people were killed,” he added.

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