- Brendan McDermid/Reuters
- Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, railed against liberals during a rally on Monday.
- He reportedly accused them of being “energized for hate for our president” and that they “have a hatred for God”
- The election will be held on Tuesday.
Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, reportedly accused the Democratic party of being galvanized by “hatred for our country” and “hatred for God,” during a rally in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania on Monday.
Saccone, who was endorsed by and campaigned with President Donald Trump on Saturday, continued the campaign trail with Donald Trump Jr. on the eve of the election.
“They say the other side is energized,” Saccone reportedly said. “Let me tell you, they’re energized for hate for our president. They have a hatred for our president.”
Saccone then suggested that liberals founded their ideals on the basis of hating religion and the US.
“I’ve talked to so many of these on the left,” Saccone said. “And they have a hatred for our president. I tell you, many of them have a hatred for our country.”
“I’ll tell you some more – my wife and I saw it again today, they have a hatred for God,” Saccone continued.
Saccone’s heated rhetoric was overshadowed by a newly released poll indicating his opponent, Democrat Conor Lamb, was leading by a wide margin. The Monmouth University poll found that Lamb, a former US Marine and federal prosecutor, was 6-points ahead of Saccone.
The poll also predicted Lamb holds a 49 to 47% edge over Saccone in historical midterm turnout levels, and a 51% to 44% lead in turnouts similar to a presidential election.
Monmouth’s poll last month projected Saccone in the lead.
But Trump Jr. appeared to disregard the poll’s results: “Don’t believe this nonsense polling stuff,” he reportedly said.
The election will be held on Tuesday.