Trump tweets about Mark Sanford's affair after former SC governor announces challenge

Maayan Schechter, The State (Columbia, S.C.) on

Published in Political News

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Hours after Mark Sanford announced his run for the White House, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to let Sanford know -- again -- explicitly how he feels about the primary challenge from South Carolina's former governor.

Sanford declared his candidacy Sunday, a day after the South Carolina GOP executive committee voted to ditch the 2020 presidential primary.

"When the former Governor of the Great State of South Carolina @MarkSanford, was reported missing, only to then say he was away hiking on the Appalachian Trail, then was found in Argentina with his Flaming Dancer friend, it sounded like his political career was over. It was," Trump tweeted Monday morning.

Trump continued: "but then he ran for Congress and won, only to lose his re-elect after I Tweeted my endorsement, on Election Day, for his opponent. But now take heart, he is back, and running for President of the United States. The Three Stooges, all badly failed candidates, will give it a go!"

"The Three Stooges" refers to Sanford and Trump's two other primary challengers: former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.

Trump's Twitter swipe on Sanford's famous 2009 marital affair isn't entirely accurate.


While governor, Sanford famously put his staff and the state in the dark during his second term in the summer of 2009, when he went to Argentina to continue an affair with Maria Belen Chapur. Sanford said he had been hiking on the Appalachian Trail instead.

Chapur was a former television news reporter at the time of the affair with Sanford, not a "Flaming Dancer" (or flamenco dancer, as Trump likely intended to say).

On his way back from Argentina, Sanford was confronted near baggage claim at the Atlanta airport by a reporter with The State.

Trump, who himself has been at the center of affair allegations, has mocked Sanford over his affair before.


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