Sen. Donnelly targeted in President Trump Tweet

Joe Donnelly

President Donald Trump mentioned Senator Joe Donnelly in a tweet on Saturday.

On Twitter, President Trump accused Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly of “trying to steal the election” by running ads touting the Libertarian candidate in an effort to peel away votes from Republican challenger Mike Braun in a close contest.

In the tweet shown below, Trump said the rumor is Donnelly paid for the Facebook ads for his libertarian opponent Lucy Brenton. 

The Indiana Democratic Party confirmed that it paid for them and a line at the top of the ads says that they are “authorized by Donnelly for Indiana.”

The ad is among several on Facebook saying that Braun used to be a Democrat and has voted for tax increases as a member of the state Legislature. It urges Hoosier conservatives to “vote your values.”

“Libertarian Lucy Brenton is the true Anti-tax conservative,” the ad says. Braun says he is a fiscal conservative.

Republicans hope to knock off Donnelly in a state Trump won easily in 2016 to expand their 51-49 majority in the Senate. Trump will visit Fort Wayne on Monday to rally for Braun.

WANE 15 has reached out to Senator Donnelly and has not received a response. 

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