Pennsylvania Republican congressional candidate claims his opponents ‘hate’ Trump, US and God

ELIZABETH, Penn. — Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone on Monday evening asserted that his political opponents "hate" the president, the United States, and even God.

"They’re energized for hate for our president," said Saccone, standing alongside Donald Trump Jr. in a firehouse in this western Pennsylvania town. He continued, “Many of them have a hatred for our country. I’ll you some more — my wife and I saw it again today, they have a hatred for God.”

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A new Monmouth poll released on Monday showed the GOP candidate trailing by six percentage points to Democrat Conor Lamb ahead of the Tuesday special election for the state's 18th congressional district. Donald Trump won the district by 20 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election.

Saccone, a state representative, is looking to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, the Republican congressman who resigned after having an affair and allegedly urging his mistress to have an abortion.

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Earlier on Monday, Saccone dismissed the Monmouth poll. “I don’t put much credence in it,” he said. “Everywhere I go, it’s 100 to one for Rick Saccone. So I’m ready.”

Trump Jr. told the roughly 100 supporters in attendance that more candidates like Saccone are needed.

“We need guys like Rick Saccone to be in there fighting with my father,” Trump Jr. said.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 6: Former Vice President Joe Biden attends a rally in support of Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb (C) Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the Union Carpenters Training Center in Pittsburgh. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Rick Saccone. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in support of Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone during a Make America Great Again rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 6: Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb talks with supporters at a rally Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the Union Carpenters Training Center in Pittsburgh. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Rick Saccone. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 9: Surrounded by campaign volunteers, Rick Saccone, Republican Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district, takes questions form reporters at the Republican Committee of Allegheny County offices, March 9, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Saccone is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Democratic candidate Conor Lamb. President Trump will travel to Pennsylvania on Saturday for a campaign rally with Saccone. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 9: A cardboard cutout of President Donald Trump sits against the wall after Rick Saccone, Republican Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district, spoke to reporters at the Republican Committee of Allegheny County offices, March 9, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Saccone is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Democratic candidate Conor Lamb. President Trump will travel to Pennsylvania on Saturday for a campaign rally with Saccone. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 9: (L to R) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Conor Lamb, Democratic Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district, and USW International President Leo Gerardand gesture together after Lamb spoke at a rally at the United Steelworkers Building, March 9, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Republican candidate Rick Saccone. President Trump will travel to Pennsylvania on Saturday for a campaign rally with Saccone. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 9: Campaign volunteers await the arrival of Rick Saccone, Republican Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania's 18th district, at the Republican Committee of Allegheny County offices, March 9, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Saccone is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Democratic candidate Conor Lamb. President Trump will travel to Pennsylvania on Saturday for a campaign rally with Saccone. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 9: Conor Lamb, Democratic Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania� 18th district, speaks at a rally at the United Steelworkers Building, March 9, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Republican candidate Rick Saccone. President Trump will travel to Pennsylvania on Saturday for a campaign rally with Saccone. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 6: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally in support of Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb Tuesday March 6, 2018 at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Rick Saccone. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
WAYNESBURG, PA - MARCH 5: Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone meets with supporters at the VFW Post 4793 while campaigning on March 5, 2018 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Saccone is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Conor Lamb. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, PA - JANUARY 13: Members of the audience listen to Democrat Conor Lamb, a former U.S. attorney and US Marine Corps veteran running to represent Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, at the American Legion Post 902 on January 13, 2018 in Houston, Pennsylvania in the southwestern corner of the state. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District next week in a bid to help Lamb's republican opponent, Rick Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 6: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally in support of Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb Tuesday March 6, 2018 at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Rick Saccone. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 6: Former Vice President Joe Biden visited Pittsburgh in support of Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the Union Carpenters Training Center in Pittsburgh. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Rick Saccone. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 6: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally in support of Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the Union Carpenters Training Center in Pittsburgh. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Rick Saccone. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
A man watches U.S. President Donald Trump speak in support of Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone during a Make America Great Again rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 10, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 6: Union carpenters wait to hear former Vice President Joe Biden speak in support of Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the Union Carpenters Training Center in Pittsburgh. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Rick Saccone. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with special election Republican candidate Rick Saccone upon his arrival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 9: A supporter wears a sticker in support of Conor Lamb, Democratic Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania� 18th district, at a rally at the United Steelworkers Building, March 9, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Republican candidate Rick Saccone. President Trump will travel to Pennsylvania on Saturday for a campaign rally with Saccone. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WAYNESBURG, PA - MARCH 5: Rob and Carolyn Trozzi of Waynesburg pose with a Trump t-shirt after listening to Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone speak with supporters at the VFW Post 4793 while campaigning on March 5, 2018 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Saccone is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Conor Lamb. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
WAYNESBURG, PA - MARCH 5: Vincent Fusca places a campaign sign on his truck for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone before the candidate met with supporters at the VFW Post 4793 while campaigning on March 5, 2018 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Saccone is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Conor Lamb. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
WAYNESBURG, PA - MARCH 5: Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone meets with supporters at the VFW Post 4793 while campaigning on March 5, 2018 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Saccone is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Conor Lamb. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
WAYNESBURG, PA - MARCH 5: Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone meets with supporters at the VFW Post 4793 while campaigning on March 5, 2018 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Saccone is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Conor Lamb. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, PA - JANUARY 13: Democrat Conor Lamb, a former U.S. attorney and US Marine Corps veteran running to represent Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, before a speech to an audience at the American Legion Post 902 on January 13, 2018 in Houston, Pennsylvania in the southwestern corner of the state. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District next week in a bid to help Lamb's republican opponent, Rick Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Conor Lamb (L), the Democratic candidate in the special US congressional election in Pennsylvania's 18th District to be held March 13, 2018, greets a supporter (C) and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (R) during a campaign rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday, March 9, 2018. US President Donald Trump won the district comfortably in the 2016 presidential race, but Lamb is running neck and neck with his Republican opponent Rick Saccone. / AFP PHOTO / Michael Mathes (Photo credit should read MICHAEL MATHES/AFP/Getty Images)
WAYNESBURG, PA - MARCH 5: A volunteer places campaign signs for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone before he spoke with supporters at the VFW Post 4793 while campaigning on March 5, 2018 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Saccone is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Conor Lamb. President Donald Trump plans to visit Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District March 10, 2018 in a bid to help Saccone. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 9: A sign in support of Conor Lamb, Democratic Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania� 18th district, hangs in the lobby of the United Steelworkers Building before a rally for Lamb, March 9, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lamb is running in a tight race for the vacated seat of Congressman Tim Murphy against Republican candidate Rick Saccone. President Trump will travel to Pennsylvania on Saturday for a campaign rally with Saccone. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA - MARCH 10: President Donald J. Trump speaks to supporters at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The president made a visit in a bid to gain support for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone who is running for 18th Congressional District in a seat vacated by Tim Murphy. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump supporters attends the Make America Great Again Rally on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. President Trump travelled to Pennsylvania to speak at a ' Make America Great Again ' rally on behalf of Republican candidate Rick Saccone. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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