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Anti-Trump Tweets Haunt Downing’s Congressional Campaign

Congressional Candidate Troy Downing under fire for calling President Trump “either a liar of an idiot”

Montana State Auditor Troy Downing is seeking the Republican nomination from the Eastern Congressional district but past his past criticism of President Trump may derail his campaign. Fellow Republican candidate Elsie Arntzen has released a new advertisement highlighting Downing’s past statements.

News of Downing’s anti-Trump position first surfaced back in 2018 when he was running in the Republican Primary for US Senate. In that race, Downing came in third of four candidates, garnering only 29,341 votes.

Downing appears to have been an outspoken critic of President Trump on social media throughout the 2016 election, according to previous reporting by The Hill.

In September of 2015, Downing tweeted that Trump “cracks me up” and said that he wasn’t electable.

On March 3, 20`16 Downing said that Trump is “either a liar of an idiot” and later tweeted about a Trump robocall and used the hashtag #NeverTrumpNeverHillary, a reference to the “#NeverTrump” movement of Republicans who rejected their party’s nominee.

In the only publicly available poll in the race for Montana’s Eastern Congressional District Downing trails former Congress Denny Rehberg by 10 points.

Absentee ballots are scheduled to mail Friday, May 10 for the June 4 primary election.

By: Montana Newsroom staff

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