Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) trolled Donald Trump in an MSNBC interview by pointing out that a number of Republicans who fundraise on the former president’s behalf want nothing to do with him during the election campaign.
“Donald, they’re laughing at you on Capitol Hill,” Maloney said Tuesday on “Morning Joe.” “They use you like a cheap mistress for their purposes, but then they laugh at you behind your back, then they run away from you when they try to talk to voters in swing districts.”
He said those Republicans could use Trump in fundraising, but they were “laughing at him.”
Maloney noted the tight race for governor in Virginia, where former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is running for his former job against Tory businessman Glenn Youngkin (R).
Trump has backed Youngkin, who in the past has said the former president “represents so much why I am running.”
But Trump did not appear in the state on behalf of Youngkin.
“Look at what Youngkin is doing in Virginia, trying to have it both ways,” Maloney said. “[Trump] is really not invited to their party.
Maloney’s comments and a new announcement from the Congressional Democratic Campaign Committee, which he chairs, are similar to the message of an announcement from a progressive PAC that appeared to step into Trump’s shoes over the weekend.
The MeidasTouch spot mocks Trump for not going to Virginia to campaign for Youngkin.
“Donald,” the voice mocked in the ad. “Why are you so afraid to go to Virginia?” Is it because you know Glenn Youngkin doesn’t want anything to do with you? Or is it because your loser smell rubs off on everyone you touch? ”
Trump spoke out against Fox News on Sunday over the ads he saw on the attacking network. He didn’t mention the specific location, but MeidasTouch said his ad ran on the network in the same market as Trump’s resort town in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough noticed Maloney’s offensive line.
“Let’s move from psychological operations to real legislation,” he said, using the shortcut for psychological operations, as he pushed the congressman on the next topic.
See their full conversation below:
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.