Rep. Martha McSally is trying to portray herself as best buddies with President Trump — a complete flip flop from her relationship with him in 2016.
What’s changed since then? Only her political ambition.
Now that McSally is planning a Senate bid against a Steve Bannon-backed, far-right candidate in the GOP primary, McSally has posted photos of herself with the president and Ivanka Trump to her social media, she’s added video of Trump praising her to her campaign YouTube account, and she’s tweeted about Trump four separate times. She’s even gone on Fox News to commend him.
But before she was campaigning for a promotion, McSally was a sharp Trump critic. She refused to endorse him in the 2016 election, said she “utterly disagreed” with his comments about NATO allies, and condemned him after the infamous Access Hollywood tape. And she didn’t stop after Trump got elected: during a town hall this year she called the Administration “tremendously bumpy” and said “I’m concerned about [Trump] not shifting from campaigning to governing.”
“Martha McSally is a complete hypocrite who’s so terrified about angering grassroots Republicans and losing her primary that she’s rushing to praise a man she just months ago condemned,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “It’s clear McSally is the worst kind of Washington politician — one who believes in nothing and will say anything to win an election. That’s why Arizonans just don’t trust the the Republican establishment or their handpicked candidate, Martha McSally.”