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'I am Trumpier than Trump,' boasts West Virginia Senate candidate Don Blankenship

There are three competitive candidates in West Virginia's GOP Senate primary, which goes to a vote Tuesday, but only one of them — Don Blankenship — has dubbed fellow Republican and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "Cocaine Mitch" and called McConnell's father-in-law a "wealthy Chinaperson" and then tried to defend the term by speaking of "Africapersons."

Blankenship's style is a bit much even for President Donald "sh--hole countries" Trump, who tweeted early Monday that West Virginians should support Blankenship's primary rivals for the sake of general election viability:

Blankenship promptly took this denunciation as proof that the student has surpassed the teacher. "As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump, and this morning proves it," he said in a statement responding to the tweet, adding that Trump "is a very busy man and does not know me."