Trump Keeps Tax Squeeze On Red State Democrats

President Trump on Wednesday stepped up his effort to pressure Democrats to back a tax overhaul in the home state of one the party’s most vulnerable senators.

Trump’s cross-country jaunt to an oil refinery here appeared to be aimed at an audience of one: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D), who the president hopes will join him in pushing for a bipartisan tax plan, the details of which are still under wraps.

Trump’s decision to roll out the red carpet for Heitkamp stood in stark contrast to his approach with Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The two senators are both up for reelection next year in states that Trump carried.

During a tax reform speech last week in her home state, Trump singled out McCaskill and said voters there should kick her out of office if she votes against his plan.

Republicans argue that Trump is smart to be putting pressure on Heitkamp and other Democrats.

“He’s doing the right thing and he’s going to need to keep doing it,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said.

Read more from Jodan Fabian and Naomi Jagoda at The Hill

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