President Trump stumps for Rep. Tenney in Utica, lambastes prominent NY Democrats

President Donald Trump and Rep. Claudia Tenney meet at Griffis Airforce Base in Rome (CNYCentral Photo)

President Donald Trump campaigned for Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney on Monday while taking swings at some of the state's highest ranking Democrats, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Tenney's opponent.

"We're thrilled that after decades of bad policies — sometimes from both parties — to have an ally standing with us and fighting for our region," Tenney said at a fundraiser at Hotel Utica in Utica.

The fundraiser was the second stop in central New York for the president on Monday. Both he and Vice President Mike Pence visited Fort Drum earlier in the day, where Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act into law.

Tenney has been a strong supporter of the president since her election to New York's 22nd Congressional District seat in 2016. Trump carried the district and all of the counties that make up the district.

“Hopefully we’ll put Claudia right over the top where she belongs," Trump said.

He called Tenney's Democratic opponent, state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, "a puppet of Nancy Pelosi" and said Tenney shouldn't have a problem beating him.

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Trump also took aim at Gov. Cuomo, specifically criticizing the governor's decision to ban hydrofracking from the state in 2014 — the year Trump considered challenging Cuomo in the race for governor.

"With the use of brain power and common sense, you could've had a boom town up here," Trump said. "This could've been boom town USA."

Trump also made reference to the Remington Arms Plant in Ilion, in Oneida County when criticizing Cuomo and other Democrats.

"Cuomo wants to end your Second Amendment more than anything," Trump said. "Cuomo wants to take away your Second Amendment."

The president also touted Chele Farley, the Republican who is challenging Sen. Gillibrand for her Senate seat in November.

"[Gillibrand's] just a puppet of Schumer," Trump said. "He put her there." He also asked "has she gotten anything done?"

Trump also lauded the Republican tax bill, various unemployment rates and cementing hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024.

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