President Trump is a master of many things, but perhaps the most fun political tool he’s perfected is the art of nicknaming your opponents. “Low energy” Jeb Bush was knocked out of the primary, in part due to that nickname. Lil’ Marco, Lyin’ Ted, etc etc.
A senate candidate running on the democratic ticket just earned her kiss of political death after Trump issued her a knee-slapping new nickname that immediately made waves.
The Hill reports:
President Trump slammed the Democratic lawmaker challenging Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Saturday, dubbing Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) “Wacky Jacky” in a fiery campaign speech.
In a speech at the Nevada state GOP convention, Trump attacked Rosen for campaigning with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), whom he again used the racially-charged nickname “Pocahontas” to describe.
“[Heller’s] opponent wants to raise taxes,” Trump said, to boos. “She wants to raise taxes, think of it. I mean, it’s ridiculous. Should I mention her name?”
“I have a great nickname for her,” Trump added. “Wacky Jacky. You don’t want her as your senator.”
“Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas, you believe this? In your state!” he added.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 23, 2018
Trump has used the “Pocahontas” nickname to refer to questions surrounding Warren’s claims of Native American heritage. A Washington Post fact-checker wrote in 2016 that there was “no official documentation” found to support her claims.
Heller, seen as a vulnerable Republican ahead of midterm elections where Democrats are hoping to pick up two seats and flip the Senate, enjoys the support of Trump and saw a primary challenger back out amid the president’s urging.
Tickets for Saturday’s fundraiser for Heller, at which the president headlined, ranged from $15,000 to $50,000, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.
An April poll of the Nevada Senate race showed Heller leading Rosen by just one point, according to the Nevada Independent/Mellman Group survey.