On a trainwreck tele-town hall tonight, Heller was asked to justify his decision to stand behind President Trump despite his vulgar immigration comments, his disparaging remarks about women, and his attacks on respected news organizations. It didn’t go well. Listen here.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Again and again, Sen. Heller keeps reminding Nevada voters that he is petty, incompetent and untrustworthy. The pathetic extent to which he has compromised his own integrity to cozy up to President Trump and defend his vitriolic bigotry is a fireable offense.”
CALLER: “I wonder how, Mr. Heller, that you can justify standing behind a President that calls other nations that are less fortunate than us with… uh… he said ‘s-hole’ nations. Also, some of the disparaging remarks he has said against women, and in the case of what he said on that bus, and calling members of the press ‘losers,’ some of the most respected news agencies including the BBC, the New York Times, calling them ‘fake news’ and ‘losers.’ I mean, how do you stand behind a man like that?”
HELLER: “Yeah. Well, I’ll tell you Lynne, you probably stood behind some of the Democratic presidents that had similar problems. And I don’t excuse any of these activities and these actions, but I certainly had to have conversations with my daughters when Bill Clinton was doing his activities in the White House also. So there’s no purity test here. What I’m trying to do is get issues done. That’s what I’m looking for is what’s best for the state of Nevada. And whether I’m standing behind the president or whether I’m standing in right field, it doesn’t matter. Literally doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we are getting things done and pushing to get things done here in Washington, D.C. that affect individuals.
“So we can go back to the campaign. We can take another look at this campaign, but it’s not going to make any difference. And people continue to act like this campaign is moving forward and right now, Donald Trump is President of the United States and he’s going to be President of the United States for three more years. I do believe I have an obligation as a representative from the state of Nevada to work with every president. And I’ve worked with three so far – President Bush, President Obama, and President Trump. And when they’re pushing issues and policies that I can agree with, then I will support… and in this case, with this piece of legislation, I did support giving tax relief to 90% of America, to lower a lot of the regulations that small businesses have and, frankly, the key is we’re going to start…”