"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can’t win the General Election in your State...No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!"
If that sounds like a weird way to make an endorsement, then you probably aren't familiar with the campaign stylings of one Donald "Chester Cheeto" Trump. The candidates behind whom he has thrown his considerable weight have not fared that well. He also has a tendency to "forget" his prior support when things gang agley. It makes sense that anyone in the Republican Party would want to toss a towel over the head of Don Blankenship and hustle him into their version of the witness protection program.
Mister Blankenship is a former coal mining executive and convicted criminal. In this way, he stands in stark contrast to another Republican candidate for senate, Roy Moore. You may recall a period of time during which the "President" endorsed Mister Moore. He did this while many of the big names in the GOP were looking for other choices. Like letting Alabama have a Democrat in the Senate for the first time in twenty-five years. But this is a primary and Don Blankenship is running against other Republicans, so there is still a chance for his challengers to come out of this ideological swamp with a victory. Even as Blankenship tries desperately to grab hold of the raft upon which Chester Cheeto is paddling through the mire, the "President" stands above him like Billy Zane in Titanic, oar raised. Some people just don't belong.
The problem is this: Support in West Virginia for Blankenship continues to rise. And what does he have to say about his non-endorsement from his leader? “The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the U.S. Senate and promote the president’s agenda. Tomorrow, West Virginia will send the swamp a message — no one, I mean no one, will tell us how to vote. As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump and this morning proves it.”
Meanwhile, the two other men have to be satisfied with the high praise of being "not Blankenship." Good luck, West Virginia.