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Even as candidates like Bierly and McCullagh haven't fully endorsed Trump's at times blustering style, they and their fellow Republicans have employed tactics not terribly different from the president's.
McCullagh has held rallies in support of law enforcement agencies around the county and posted political posters of his opponent, Democrat Meg Loughran Cappel, on social media depicting her as a far-left candidate. In one Facebook post decrying the push for a graduate state income tax, Cappel is seen next to Che Guevara, the Argentinian Marxist revolutionary.
In the race for the 3rd U.S. Congressional District, Republican Mike Fricilone has portrayed his opponent, Democrat Marie Newman, as a "socialist." He has focused on Newman's more progressive views, like her support for a single payer system.
"She doesn’t represent their values," Fricilone said, referring to the moderate voters of the 3rd District.
Fricilone also said his opponent supports defunding police departments, citing dubious claims made by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, which endorsed him.
"The Chicago police says — believes — that she is about defunding police," he said.
Newman said she's never supported defunding police departments and said Fricilone was "misguided" about her views.