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Anti-Trump Rep. Mark Sanford Lost His Congressional Primary After Trump Tweeted Against Him

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US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2018. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the questions asked frequently online is ‘why doesn’t the Republican Party stand up to President Donald Trump?’. Several of Trump’s policies go against traditional GOP stances, like the president’s attacks on free trade.

After Tuesday’s primary vote, some are pointing to the results in South Carolina as a possible answer.

Republican Representative Mark Sanford, the incumbent, faced state Representative Katie Arrington in the GOP primary for his seat in the House. Sanford publicly criticized Trump, at one point saying the president “fanned the flames of intolerance.”

Hours before the polls closed in South Carolina, Trump took to Twitter to comment on the contest between Sanford and Arrington.

It’s unclear if Trump saw the writing on the wall, that another GOP incumbent would lose their seat and sought to distance himself from Sanford or if the president’s Tuesday afternoon tweet cost Sanford his House seat.

Regardless, Trump took credit for Sanford’s defeat.

Sanford stated Tuesday a president commenting on a primary was “fairly unusual.” Sanford added he’s “neither for nor against Trump” and bases his decisions on his political values.

Not all conservatives agreed with Trump’s view on Sanford.

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