AZ Central reported early Wednesday morning that:
Kelli Ward has sent campaign mailers to voters ahead of this month’s Republican U.S. Senate primary that included a misleadingly edited tweet from President Donald Trump, whose support in the election could prove crucial.
“Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running,” said the truncated, year-old tweet on the Ward mailer that landed in mailboxes in the final stretch of the primary race for the U.S. Senate.
But the Ward campaign lopped off 79 critical characters from the president’s original tweet from Aug. 17, 2017, and moved up information detailing the date, time, “retweets” and “likes.”
The DC Chronicle reached out to the Trump campaign for comment and an official familiar with the operations of the Trump Campaign said: “President Trump has not endorsed anyone in the GOP Senate primary in Arizona and any photos or other general expressions of support shouldn’t be read as such.”
The Trump campaign does not plan to endorse anyone before the Arizona primary election. The official saying Trump “looks forward to supporting our nominee in the fall campaign to replace Jeff Flake in the Senate.”
Trump has supported each of the candidates in the race. He supported Sheriff Joe Arpaio with a pardon and allowing him to speak at multiple events hosted by Trump himself. He has supported Congresswoman Martha McSally by allowing her at many White House events and most recently recognizing her at a defense authorization bill. He finally sent out a single tweet supporting Kelli Ward over a year ago.
This is not the first time that Kelli Ward has mislead the public using the president’s name. In December 2017, Trump agreed to pose for a photo with Ward during the visit but specifically asked that it not be shared, according to a White House official who witnessed the brief exchange but is not authorized to speak publicly about it.