WATCH: Trump Pulls Back The Curtain On Cozy Relationship With Rob Portman

Rob Portman and his campaign have tried again and again to distance themselves from Donald Trump, continuously insisting that they’re running their own campaign separate from the bombastic Republican presidential nominee. Regardless of what the Portman campaign claims, the Ohio senator has endorsed Donald Trump and continues to support him after each shameful and outrageous comment — and he’ll have to keep answering as to why he hasn’t denounced the racist, xenophobic nominee.

This morning, Donald Trump pulled back the curtain on the Portman campaign on Fox News, saying:

“…We’re getting along great with Rob Portman, who’s also doing well. We’re working together. We’ve endorsed each other. We have a great relationship.”

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Progress Ohio and American Bridge Launch TrumpScrewedMe.Com In Ohio

Progress Ohio and American Bridge have teamed up to launch DonaldTrumpScrewedMe.com in Ohio to bring to light stories of Ohioans who have been taken advantage of by Donald Trump and his multiple failed business ventures and scams.

The website is being promoted throughout the state through online digital advertisement with an emphasis on Cincinnati, where Donald Trump was sued for racial bias and housing discrimination after he allegedly refused to rent to African American would-be tenants.

Read more on the Cincinnati housing lawsuits and the project from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Rob Portman Confirms He Trusts “Reckless” and “Erratic” Presidential Candidate With Nuclear Codes

After 50 Republican national security experts came out against Donald Trump, and numerous senators refusing to say whether or not they would trust their party’s nominee with the nuclear codes, Ohio Senator Rob Portman has come out with another full-throated endorsement of Trump.

Portman confirmed today through his spokesman that he would trust Donald Trump — who Republican national security experts have called “reckless” and “erratic” — with the nuclear codes:

“Rob believes that Mr. Trump and the national security team he appoints will protect our security interests and do everything they can to keep America safe, and that includes the president’s nuclear responsibilities,” Rich said.

Toledo Blade: Ted to Rob: Comfortable with Don Controlling the Nuclear Button? Rob to Ted: Yes

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland’s campaign keeps up its pressure on Republican Sen. Rob Portman to disavow the Republican presidential nominee today.

From the Strickland campaign:

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What Ohioans Are Reading: Rob Portman Takes Heat With Donald Trump In His Backyard

Between explaining his support for trade deals that have shipped jobs overseas and benefit China and Mexico more than they do Ohio AND explaining his continued support for Donald Trump, Rob Portman is facing an increasingly tough reelection fight.  As Trump’s visits to Ohio become more and more frequent, Portman’s mealy-mouthed attempts to distance himself from the GOP’s xenophobic, sexist nominee become even less believable. 
 
Portman may not stand with Trump on stage at his rally today, but make no mistake — he’s stood by Trump as the GOP nominee has hurled insults and made shameful, unacceptable comments. Just last week, Portman reaffirmed his support for Trump even after Trump suggested violence against his political opponent. 
 

Kevin Necessary at WCPO put it best in his editorial cartoon last week. Here’s a taste of what Ohioans will see as Portman continues to put party over Ohio and align himself with Donald Trump: 

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Profile In Courage: Rob Portman Stands Behind Donald Trump TODAY After Offensive, Violent Remarks

Donald Trump has repeatedly made offensive, racist and sexist comments throughout the campaign, but yesterday at a North Carolina rally, he crossed the line into irresponsible, dangerous and terrifying when he suggested violence if Hillary Clinton wins.

Today, Rob Portman chose to reaffirm his support for Donald Trump, even after he threatened violence against a political opponent.

Rob Portman’s continued support of Trump as he’s attacked Gold Star parents and spewed anti-immigrant language is shameful, but the reaffirmation of his endorsement today is downright appalling. Portman has shown that he’ll always put partisanship over Ohioans, and there’s no comment offensive or dangerous enough to change that.

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New Digital Ads Highlights Senate GOP’s Unwavering Support For Trump

American Bridge is releasing a new digital ad campaign highlighting vulnerable GOP senate candidates’ unwavering support for Donald Trump, even after he lashed out at a Gold Star Family, the Khans.

From American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Republican senators and senate candidates can’t have it both ways: supporting Donald Trump for the presidency means backing his offensive and un-American attacks on the Khan family.  Senators Toomey, Burr, Blunt, Rubio, Johnson, Portman, and Congressman Joe Heck have deserted common decency in favor of the Party of Trump. Their cowardice knows no bounds and they are divorced from reality if they believe that the American voters won’t see through the facade in November.”

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Marco Rubio

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130390877022907
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp8qfgAzOk/

Ron Johnson

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130380953690566
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp7QYvABWi/

Pat Toomey

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130393293689332
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp9Kf3AO_z/

Rob Portman

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130384207023574
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp76YaA6VQ/

Roy Blunt

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130362317025763
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp3l73A5y5/

Richard Burr

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130365647025430
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp4Um4Arzj/

Joe Heck

FB: https://www.facebook.com/156994304362574/posts/1130378133690848
IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIp6khlgZ4y/

 

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Trump says everything in PA and OH “is rusting and rotting”

Benevolent dictator Donald Trump is in Ohio today and said — with a straight face — that “They call it the Rust Belt for a reason: Because everything is rusting and rotting!”

Don’t expect many in the Rust Belt to agree with Trump’s characterization that “everything is rusting and rotting.” Trump might see it that way from his perch in Trump Tower, but he won’t be able to insult his way through this campaign.

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Rob Portman Is Helping Trump Campaign In Ohio

Rob Portman isn’t hedging his bets anymore — he’s all in for Donald Trump.

For months, Portman tried to distance himself from Trump, even proclaiming that instead of attending the convention in Cleveland he would hold his own event next door. But now Portman isn’t just endorsing He Who Must Not Be Named, his campaign is teaming up with Ohio Republicans to help get out the vote for the presumptive nominee.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal:

Lacking leadership in swing state Ohio, Trump reached out to the Ohio Republican Party this month for help hiring one. Ohio Republican Chair Matt Borges previously had cautioned that Trump could hurt down-ticket candidates like Portman.

Still, the party came through, finding Robert Paduchik to help Trump in Ohio. A veteran campaign manager, Paduchik delivered Ohio twice for George W. Bush and once for Portman in 2010. Paduchik knows Ohio and its Republicans, having worked on […]

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The Worst Kind Of Deja Vu: GOP Senators Reject Common Sense Gun Safety Bills

Today, the following GOP senators voted against legislation that would help prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns:

Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

These GOP senators also voted against closing the background check loophole for guns bought online and at gun shows:

Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Richard Burr, North Carolina
Chuck Grassley, Iowa
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
John McCain, Arizona
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Rob Portman, Ohio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

“These are common sense measures, but Senate Republicans refuse to take action against gun violence,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “Instead of supporting legislation that could make real change, GOP leaders introduced sham legislation that will do little to prevent another mass shooting and will still make it possible for suspected terrorists to get their hands on guns. The GOP should be ashamed that they continue to cower and risk Americans’ safety rather […]

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