TRUMP TWEET: Dr. Kelli Ward

On Thursday, President Trump tweeted: “Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!”

The Trump team is making Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pay for his public attacks on the president.

One of Trump’s top billionaire donors, Robert Mercer, is pumping cash into a super PAC funding Flake’s challenger in the upcoming midterm election. The Trump administration’s distaste for Flake comes after the senator made bashing the president one of his pet projects, promoting a book he recently wrote, titled “Conscience of the Conservative,” about where the GOP went wrong with Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn’t speak to the Trump administration’s attempts to oust Flake but did condemn the senator for inciting disunity within the Republican Party.

“I’m not sure about any potential funding of a campaign,” Huckabee Sanders said when asked if Trump would support a primary challenger to Flake. “But I think that Senator Flake would serve his constituents much better if he was less focused on writing a book and attacking the president.”

Mercer also donated to Ward’s KelliPAC when she challenged Sen. John McCain in 2016.

“We are so grateful to Mr. Mercer for his courageous support for Kelli Ward, a true conservative champion. Early investments in a campaign like this are so valuable,” Doug McKee, chairman of KelliPAC, said in a statement to Politico. “Kelli is in prime position to carry out her message of accountable, constitutional government all the way to the United States Senate. Interest from additional donors is pouring in, and we are confident that leadership like Mr. Mercer’s will allow us to run a robust winning effort all the way to November of 2018.”

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