In North Dakota, Trump gives nod to Democrat Heitkamp

In North Dakota, Trump gives nod to Democrat Heitkamp
Pres. Trump calls Heidi Heitkamp a 'good woman.' (Image: YouTube screen grab via Bloomberg Politics)

[Ed. – His reasoning, one supposes, goes something like this: If the Republicans won’t make the deals I ask for, I’ll find another political party that will.]

If President Trump’s trip to North Dakota on Wednesday was designed to bully the state’s lone Democratic lawmaker, Heidi Heitkamp, into supporting his tax reform plans, he may have boosted her re-election campaign instead.

Trump invited Sen. Heitkamp to travel with him to Bismarck on Air Force One and called her a “good woman” after summoning her onto the event stage outside an oil refinery.

For a Democrat fighting to keep her seat next year in a state Trump won by 36 points, the senator’s day could not have gone much better. Trump’s tax push has yet to be written as legislation, and a vote still remains a hypothetical. Heitkamp’s appearance with the president, then, cost her little in exchange for what amounted to an endorsement of her willingness to work across the aisle.

“You listening, Heidi? She’s listening. She heard that. We’re not going to put her on the spot,” Trump said during his speech at the Andeavor Refinery in Mandan, N.D., to a crowd of 700 invited guests. “We’ll have your support. I hope we have your support.”

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