President Donald Trump launched a tweetstorm on Saturday afternoon about a California special election. Trump accused California Democrats of “trying to steal another election” and said that the election process in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state is “all rigged out there.”
Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) resigned from Congress last October following accusations that she engaged in improper sexual relationships with staffers, allegations that she denies.
The primary election for California’s 25th congressional district was held on March 3, 2020, but no candidate received more than 50% of the primary vote. So now the top two finishers, Christy Smith (D) and Mike Garcia (R), will face off against each other in a runoff election on May 12, 2020, to claim Hill’s vacated seat. The winner of the special election will finish the remaining balance of Hill’s term in the 116th Congress.
California’s 25th congressional district seat includes the Santa Clarita Valley, parts of northern San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley, and eastern Ventura County.
Trump has endorsed Garcia, who is a former Navy fighter pilot, and said Smith is “mocking our Great Vets!”
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Mike has my complete & total endorsement. We need him badly in Washington. A great fighter pilot & hero, & a brilliant Annapolis grad, Mike will never let you down. Mail in ballots, & check that they are counted! <a href=”https://t.co/KMS62yCyfl”>https://t.co/KMS62yCyfl</a></p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1259149331761954822?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
Smith was accused of smearing Garcia and other military veterans for her comments two weeks ago.
“I sent to my team, we both logged on because we had to do this virtual coin toss and I texted my team, and I’m like, ‘OK, he’s got pictures of planes behind him and I’ve got constitutional law books,’” Smith said.