Former California assemblyman Tim Donnelly fought against the leftists in Sacramento tooth and nail while he served the public as a staunchly conservative legislator in America’s most liberal state. He is attempting to take it national by running for the U.S. House, but he will have to get that post without the help of President Donald Trump.
In an unexpected move that has baffled conservative activists, Trump backed Donnelly’s establishment competitor Paul Cook in a seat where a Republican is guaranteed to win the seat because no Democrat is presently in the race opposing them.
Paul Cook is a decorated Marine Corps Veteran who loves and supports our Military and Vets. He is Strong on Crime, the Border, and supported Tax Cuts for the people of California. Paul has my total and complete Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2018
Donnelly is a long-time immigration reformer who founded the California chapter of the Minutemen, a volunteer civilian organization that patrols the U.S.-Mexico border looking for illegals. He expected Trump’s endorsement considering his credentials but was disappointed.
“I would have loved to have President Trump’s endorsement. His endorsement belongs with someone like me who’s an outsider, not an establishment guy,” Donnelly said.
“He endorsed a guy, I believe, based on talking points handed to him by someone who didn’t have his best interests at heart,” he said. “President Trump is surrounded by the swamp, so some of his advisers don’t have his best interests at heart.”
Donnelly isn’t the only person disappointed by Trump’s decision. Many of the President’s most die-hard grassroots supporters are bummed as well that Trump is supporting the RINO and vented about their frustration on Twitter.
By contrast, Tim Donnelly wanted to build a wall before Trump did. VOTE TIM DONNELLY, CA-8! https://t.co/Sr3WmeU46q
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 7, 2018
OMG – NO!!! Who is advising you?!?!?!? Tim Donnelly is who CA needs!!! @PatriotNotPol
— Cara Catanzaro Rule (@Cararules) September 7, 2018
I am so disappointed that @realDonaldTrump did not endorse the BEST candidate for my Congressional District and went with the incumbent. Please change direction @POTUS. Conservatives/Patriots want @PatriotNotPol Tim Donnelly!
— Debi Devens (@debidevens) September 7, 2018
“I’m grateful for the president’s endorsement of my candidacy and his shared commitment to our military, our veterans, and law and order. I look forward to continuing to work with the president to secure our borders, reduce regulations, and grow our economy,” Cook said in a statement following the announcement of the endorsement.
It looks like in this instance and many others throughout the country, Trump’s lack of political experience is allowing the establishment to play him like a fiddle on endorsements.