Former President Donald Trump blasted Colorado GOP Senate hopeful Joe O’Dea as “stupid” after the candidate suggested the ex-commander-in-chief shouldn’t run for the White House again.
O’Dea also said on CNN Sunday he would “actively campaign against” Trump if he threw his hat in the ring for 2024, which the 45th president didn’t take kindly to Monday with Election Day less than a month away.
Republicans are looking to knock off Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet who has served in the US Senate since 2009.
“There’s this RINO [Republican in Name Only] character in the Great State of Colorado, Joe O’Dea that is running against the incumbent Democrat for the United States Senate, who is having a good old time saying that he wants to ‘distance’ himself from President Trump, and other slightly nasty things,” Trump said on his social media platform Truth Social.
“He should look at the Economy, Inflation, Energy Independence, defeating ISIS, the Strongest EVER Border, Great Trade Deals, & much more, before he speaks. MAGA doesn’t Vote for stupid people with big mouths,” said Trump.
O’Dea didn’t back down Monday, stating he’s his “own man.”
“I’m a construction guy, not a politician,” O’Dea said in his statement, according to CNN.
“President Trump is entitled to his opinion but I’m my own man and I’ll call it like I see it.
“Another Biden, Trump election will tear this country apart. DeSantis, Scott, Pompeo or Haley would be better choices,” he said in reference to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Carolina US Sen. Tim Scott, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former US Ambassador Nikki Haley.