Trump’s trip to California will be embraced by some Republicans, but Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) is being coy about whether or not she wants Trump to campaign for her. And she refuses to confirm or deny seeing Trump on this trip, according to the L.A. Times.
For someone who has fully embraced the Trump agenda, Walters is one of 21 vulnerable Republicans who refuses to comment about the possibility of Trump campaigning for them.
Axios called all 23 Republican members of Congress in districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, and Walters refused to say whether or not she wanted Trump to join her on the campaign trail.
But Walters has not been as coy when describing her unfettered support for Trump since he was elected.
“It is very important that Republicans back the president,” she said in October 2017. “He’s the president of our party. He stands for what we stand for.”
Walters has made good on that statement. When Trump needed her vote to gut health care and increase premiums, Walters was there for him. When Trump needed her vote to raise taxes on Californians (more than most other Americans), Walters was there for him.
Walters is even willing to abandon California’s pristine coastline. When Trump proposed opening up the California coast to more oil drilling, she was there, supporting him every step of the way.
As she runs for re-election, she has made protecting Trump one of her key campaign pledges. Even as special counsel Robert Mueller is still investigating possible ties between Trump and Russian actors who attacked American democracy in the 2016 election, Walters refuses to wait for any conclusion before announcing her unconditional loyalty to Trump.
“If the Democrats win the House they will start impeachment proceedings on Donald Trump,” Walters said, according to the Orange County Register. “They’re already talking about it, that is one of the reasons why we need to be sure that we maintain the majority.”
Walters even refuses to believe the united conclusions from U.S. intelligence agencies, who have all said, conclusively, that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. On a CBS radio interview shortly after the State of the Union, Walters said, “It’s debatable if the foreign governments have been involved in our elections and if they have not been involved in our elections.”
Going so far as to undermine U.S. intelligence agencies to show her loyalty to Trump is sadly not surprising from the two-term congresswoman.
Given her unrestrained support for Trump — from his values, to his policies — it is surprising Walters does not want Trump to campaign with her. Voters already know where Walters stands on the issues: with Trump and against constituents.
A photo-op with Trump embracing Walters is simply the visual representation of Walters’ voting record.