Neil Cavuto Confronts Failed Candidate Don Blankenship on Third-Party Run: ‘You’re Not a Sore, Bitter Loser?’
Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked failed West Virginia Senate candidate Don Blankenship Tuesday if he is a “sore, bitter loser.”
The blunt question came just days after Blankenship, after losing the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, said he would launch a third-party bid for West Virginia Senate seat, currently occupied by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.
Blankenship, an ex-convict who spent time in prison for violating federal coal mine safety regulations after a 2010 coal mine explosion that killed 29 people, said his third-party bid is “about the Establishment” because “somebody needs to stand up against them.”
“I’ve been so abused by the government and sent to prison as a misdemeanor, I’m very motivated to stand up against this nonsense,” Blankenship said. Cavuto then pointed out to Blankenship that before the Republican primary just two weeks ago, “you were the establishment.”
“Now it seems after failing to get it, placing third, you’re bitter and angry and now you’re not establishment and you’re running apart from those parties, right,” Cavuto asked.
Blankenship later criticized his Republican primary opponents, who he said “didn’t run on the facts.” Blankenship also responded to reports that because of West Virginia’s “sore loser law,” which prevents someone who loses a primary from launching a third-party bid, Blankenship cannot run.
Blankenship said the West Virginia legislature recently passed a new law that would take effect in June that could allow him to run third-party. “They obviously weren’t comfortable with the sore loser law,” Blankenship said, adding that the state “hasn’t decided” if Blankenship can run.
“So you don’t call yourself a sore loser? You’re not a sore, bitter loser?” Cavuto asked Blankenship.
“No,” Blankenship said. “I’m a little bit bitter at the fact that people continue to report that I’m a felon and continue to claim something that is obviously false.” Blankenship had claimed earlier in the segment that “everyone joined into this lie about my having something to do with the [coal mine] explosion. I was never even tried for anything to do with the explosion.”
The New York Times pointed out in April 2016, when Blankenship was sentenced to one year in prison, that Blankenship “was not accused of direct responsibility for the accident” but that the investigation following the explosion eventually led to Blankenship’s conviction.
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