Montana Democrat Jon Tester led the smear campaign against Admiral Ronny Jackson, the physician Trump wanted to take over at the VA. Now Trump is pushing back in Jackson’s defense, saying Tester should resign.

Reuters reports:

Trump calls on Democratic senator to resign after VA pick drops out

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Veteran’s Affairs committee should resign after the President’s pick to lead the Veterans Affairs department withdrew from consideration amid numerous allegations.

On Thursday, Trump’s physician Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration to head the department after allegations that he had been lax with prescription drugs and drank alcohol on the job.

Trump had already singled out Senator Jon Tester, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs committee, who is up for re-election in November in Montana.

“Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false… Tester should resign,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.

“Admiral Jackson is the kind of man that those in Montana would most respect and admire, and now, for no reason whatsoever, his reputation has been shattered. Not fair, Tester!,” Trump added…

“Secret Service has just informed me that Senator Jon Tester’s statements on Admiral Jackson are not true,” Trump tweeted. “There were no such findings. A horrible thing that we in D.C. must live with, just like phony Russian Collusion. Tester should lose race in Montana. Very dishonest and sick!”

Here are Trump’s tweets:

Have you noticed that no one had a problem with Admiral Jackson until Trump wanted him for something? Trump made that point at the White House this week:

Trump went after Tester again during a rally in Michigan this weekend. Bloomberg reports:

Trump Says He Could Sink Jon Tester by Saying Things About Him

President Donald Trump continued to lash out against Senator Jon Tester for the Montana Democrat’s role in ending the nomination of White House physician Ronny Jackson to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Jackson on Thursday withdrew from consideration to run the sprawling Veterans Affairs department a day after Tester released a document with a long list of alleged transgressions.

“I know things about Tester that I could say too,” Trump said Saturday night at a campaign-style rally in Washington, Michigan. “And if I said ’em, he’d never be elected again.”

That’s what Professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit calls punching back twice as hard.

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