One of the largest Democratic super PACs is embarking on a $50 million effort designed to soften President Donald Trump's support among the group that cost Democrats the White House in 2016 — white working-class voters in the Upper Midwest.
Founded by longtime political operative David Brock, with a board that includes Andrew Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor who ran for Florida governor last year, and former DNC Chair Ed Rendell, American Bridge is not messing around.
Their goal is to expand the group's budget nearly threefold for the 2020 campaign in order to persuade rural and exurban voters in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania that Trump has harmed their economic interests.
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"McCain didn’t get the job done for our great vets at the VA and they knew it," Trump said, arguing he won support from military veterans during the 2016 election.
"I gave him the funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve," Trump said. "I don't care about this: I didn't get a thank you. That's okay. We sent him on the way, but I wasn't a fan of John McCain."
It was Trump's fourth attack in the last week on the former Arizona senator and Vietnam veteran who spent five years of his life as a prison of war. Meghan McCain slammed the president's attacks on her father as a "bizarre new low."
The president's angry outbursts have come as speculation that special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated report on his investigation into Russian election interference and Trump may be submitted soon.
The special counsel — a 74-year-old registered Republican, Marine and former FBI director who is known for his steely silence — has achieved folk hero status among some devoted Democrats anxiously awaiting his report.
Rescue crews are still struggling to reach victims and aid groups say many survivors are trapped in remote areas, surrounded by wrecked roads and submerged villages.
"If the worst fears are realized ... then we can say that it is one of the worst weather-related disasters, tropical-cyclone-related disasters in the southern hemisphere," said Clare Nullis of the U.N. World Meteorological Organization.