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Politics Losing candidate Sanford: I pledge allegiance to the flag, not Trump

16:29  14 june  2018
16:29  14 june  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Sanford on Tuesday night lost to Katie Arrington, who spent much of the campaign blasting him over his lack of loyalty to Trump . " I 've never before had a question of allegiance to a person, rather than allegiance to the flag and Constitution, and to a degree that's what this race came down to," he added.

Sanford blamed his loss on Trump , saying his election came down to people questioning whether he was for or against Trump . " I 've never before had a question of allegiance to a person, rather than allegiance to the flag and Constitution and to a degree that's what this race came down to," he said.

South Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Sanford, who lost his primary race this week hours after a last-minute Twitter broadside from President Donald Trump, warned his fellow GOPers on Thursday that the "question of allegiance" to Trump could damage the GOP.

"We swear an allegiance to the Constitution and we pledge allegiance to the flag and what was weird about this race that I've never experienced before in any race I've been a part of was an allegiance question where people say are you for or against the president," Sanford told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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Mark Sanford , who lost his primary race this week hours after a last-minute Twitter broadside from President Donald Trump , warned his fellow GOPers " I 've never before had a question of allegiance to a person, rather than allegiance to the flag and Constitution and to a degree that's what this race

President Trump posted a last-minute tweet telling voters to reject Sanford just hours before his Katie Arrington resulted in part from his ostensibly insufficient allegiance to the president. As for other candidates running across the country, Sanford said the “politics are easy: ‘ Pledge allegiance

"I've never before had a question of allegiance to a person, rather than allegiance to the flag and Constitution and to a degree that's what this race came down to," he added.

Sanford on Tuesday night lost to South Carolina state Rep. Katie Arrington, a political newcomer who spent much of the campaign blasting Sanford — who had never lost an election — over his lack of loyalty to Trump.

Trump got in on the attack, too, in a tweet on Tuesday, just hours before polls closed, that ripped Sanford's disagreements with the president and the lawmaker's much-publicized extramarital affair with an Argentinian journalist.

On "Morning Joe," Sanford acknowledged that Trump's tweet hurt him but also discussed how the nature of president's "if you offend me, I'm coming back to get you"-style involvement in his race was "a little outside the norm."

Mark SanfordRep. Mark Sanford on © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Mark SanfordRep. Mark Sanford on "Morning Joe." Sanford admitted that the "traditional merit badges" of conservative values weren't a factor in the race and advised his fellow Republicans facing re-election on how best to avoid the president's ire during elections.

"Pledge allegiance to Donald Trump," he said.

Doing so, Sanford warned, could be "a mistake on a soul level."

"There are always trade offs in politics … but I think everybody's has got to answer that question for themselves," he said.

Spokesman says S.C. lawmaker who defeated Sanford is seriously injured after crash .
<p>State Rep. Katie Arrington will require weeks of recovery and more procedures, according to her spokesman.</p>State Rep. Katie Arrington has undergone surgery for her injuries and was recovering Saturday in a Charleston-area hospital, spokesman Michael Mule said.

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