Mark Sanford, who was unseated in a dramatic primary vote Tuesday night after the president urged voters to oust him, told Fox News' "The Story with Martha MacCallum" on Wednesday that his political career is likely over.
"We swear an allegiance to the Constitution and we pledge allegiance to the flag and what was weird about this race that I've never experienced before in any race I've been a part of was an allegiance question where people say are you for or against the president", Sanford said during the MSNBC interview on Thursday.
As if we needed more evidence of this clear truth, witness the case of Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), who managed to survive his own very public and humiliating adultery scandal - revealed during his tenure as South Carolina's governor, when Sanford tried to cover up an Argentinian affair with a now legendary excuse of hiking the Appalachian trail - to rebound with a second act as a respected congressman. Former Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., expressed outrage at Sanford's loss, noting that the SC congressman "supported POTUS with his votes" on issues from taxes to healthcare to government spending.
In her victory speech, the GOP nominee to represent the state's 1st District said that "We are the party of Donald J. Trump. and now, Congresswoman Katie Arrington", according to The Post and Courier. He backed Sanford's pro-Trump challenger, state legislator Katie Arrington, for November's congressional elections. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes.
The crowd chanted "Lock her up" and "Build the wall", a throwback to popular chants at Trump's campaign rallies.
Sanford, a member of the hard right House Freedom Caucus, has always been one of the few congressional Republicans willing to openly break with Trump.
Sanford was elected to his current spot in 2013 after serving as the state's governor from 2003 to 2011.
Sanford won three terms for U.S. House in the 1990s, then two four-year terms as governor before the affair marred the end of his second term.
'Great night for Republicans!' tweeted Trump.
Rosen is vacating her seat in the Third Congressional District, and it's widely expected that philanthropist Susie Lee will easily land the Democratic nomination for that district. "He is better off in Argentina", the president wrote. She also spent a majority of her campaign calling Sanford a "Never Trumper" when he didn't loyally support the president's policies or style. The polls close at 7 p.m. No wonder Mitt Romney, who once called Trump a fake and a con man, now embraces the Trump presidency as he runs a primary race for a Senate seat in Utah.
Republican Corey Stewart beat state lawmaker Nick Freitas and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson. Trump won the district in 2016 by a margin of 53% to 40%. Also, why did it take so long for Trump to get into the game?
She went on to speculate that Republican primary candidates were either "in a cult and drank the Kool-Aid" or "afraid they have to go back to their other jobs as exterminators and postal carriers". The president's record of keeping his promises resonates across the district.
"There's only one Trump, for better or worse", said Chip Felkel, a Greenville Republican political consultant.