Laurie Roberts Arizona Republic
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Opinion: President Donald Trump treated Sen. Martha McSally like a second-class citizen during his Goodyear rally. That’s the thanks she gets, for her loyalty to this president.
After spending the last two years as one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters, I’m guessing Arizona Sen. Martha McSally wasn’t feeling the love on Wednesday as the president barnstormed through Arizona.
Trump did, at least, bring her up on stage at his Goodyear rally. Sort of like, you know, how you might call your dog.
“Martha, come up fast,” Trump said. “Fast. Fast. Come on. Quick. You got one minute! One minute, Martha! They don’t want to hear this, Martha. Come on. Let’s go. Quick, quick, quick. Come on.”
“Martha” got one minute.
Meanwhile, the senators who aren’t running literally for their political lives — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah — were afforded more time. And, it seemed, more respect.
It was painful to watch as the president who dodged the draft treated the nation’s first female combat pilot with such disrespect. I almost expected him to ask her to twirl around for the folks. (He did, at least, pronounce her name correctly. So there’s that …)
Trump’s puzzling treatment of McSally follows another awkward moment earlier this month. During a Tucson rally, Trump heaped praise on state GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward, who in 2018 lost a three-way GOP Senate primary.
Trump called Ward “a friend of mine, somebody that was great, she would have been, oh, if she didn’t have three, four people running at the same time, she would’ve been your senator,” he told the crowd. “Hate to say it, she would have been your senator. A friend that’s so loyal, and strong, and a good person, Arizona GOP chair, Kelli Ward. She’s worked so hard. She is some warrior, and fighter.”
Ward was defeated by … McSally.
Who, by the way, wasn’t even called up to the stage at that Tucson rally.
It’s baffling that Trump would treat McSally almost as an annoyance in her own state, at a time when she is fighting for every vote.
Perhaps Trump has seen a clip of her debate with Democrat Mark Kelly earlier this month, when she was asked whether she was proud of her support for Trump and replied that she was “proud to be fighting for Arizonans.”
Or maybe he’s seen her poll numbers.
Either way, this is what loyalty will get you, Sen. McSally.