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Polis basks in the limelight of a Trump tweet

Author: Joey Bunch - May 29, 2018 - Updated: May 29, 2018

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PolisU.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democratic candidate for Governor, speaks during the Democratic State Assembly at 1STBANK Center on April 14 in Broomfield. (Justin Edmonds/The Denver Post via AP)

In a sense, President Donald Trump did U.S. Rep. Jared Polis a big favor Monday when he called out the Democrat running for Colorado governor on Twitter.

Trump didn’t call Polis by name, but the Boulder millionaire was glad to take credit for the New York billionaire’s ire. Polis tweeted back, and Tuesday morning his campaign sent out a press release about the exchange.

Democrats’ primary strategy across the country is to harness the rising blue wave that opposes Trump on a variety of fronts.

Amid nine tweets praising himself and military sacrifices, while lambasting the investigation into Russian meddling in his election, Trump on Memorial Day found time to tweet about a Polis bill to repeal the Republican tax cuts — which, of course, have zero chance of passing.

“This is too good to be true for Republicans,” Trump tweeted in a ramble that referred to partisans such as Polis as “the Nancy Pelosi Dems.”

Polis was one of more than 18,000 people who responded on Twitter. He said he “proudly” wrote the bill to end Trump’s “tax giveaways.”

Why is this an inadvertent endorsement for Polis?

Because it’s a blue badge of honor — practically a race in itself — for Democratic candidates to say who dislikes Trump more.

On May 19, Colorado Politics, The Colorado Springs Gazette and the El Pomar Foundation put on a political barbecue and forum in Colorado Springs.

We asked the Democrats — Polis, Cary Kennedy, Donna Lynne and Mike Johnston — if they could work with the Trump administration for the good of Colorado.

Sure, maybe, sort of, if he was willing to come around to their way of thinking, they mumbled as they roared their disdain for the commander-in-chief.

“Donald Trump is a threat to the integrity of our republic with the charges of collusion and corruption,” Polis responded to the question, drawing applause.

“In addition, his divisive politics, he’s a bully; he picks on whoever’s weakest. One day he picks on disabled Americans. He picks on women. He picks on immigrants. He picks on Muslims. And we need a governor who is ready day one to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.