BUFFALO, N.Y. — "Good job Jeff."
The sarcastic shot at Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a Monday tweet was certainly not President Trump's first attack on the beleaguered head of the Department of Justice, but the subject matter was new.
"It feeds into a narrative, in my opinion, that the justice department has been playing politics with a few districts. These are the first two people to endorse President Trump publicly," GOP analyst Jeff Williams said.
Trump criticized the DOJ for bringing well-publicized charges against two popular Republican congressman just ahead of the mid-term elections. He was referring to California Representative Duncan Hunter, who is accused of misusing campaign funds, and Chris Collins, the New York Republican charged with crimes related to insider trading.
"Both indictments, let's put guilt or innocence aside, both could've waited until after the election," Williams said. "There's only two months out of the year that this could've caused an issue and both of them were done within that two months out of the year."
The Democratic challenger to Collins in the 27th District, Nate McMurray, is focusing on a portion of the tweet in which he said easy wins are now in doubt.
"He's going to be the campaigner-in-chief for the next two months, so I'm guessing that he's looking at the situation and realizing he's going to have a big challenge ahead of them," McMurray said.
While much of the early backlash was about whether Trump crossed a line by inserting himself in DOJ business, the tweet could also potentially signify he's ready to get more involved in the 27th, where he remains popular with GOP voters.
"I think he will not and I hope he will not because common sense says that's a big mistake to align yourself with these people is a big mistake because the people here know they were taken advantage of by Mr. Collins and the system that supported him," McMurray said.
It's still unclear if local Republicans will be able to replace Collins on the ballot. Williams said the uncertainty makes it hard to predict if, when or how Trump could get involved.
"We're in a brand new era of politics that I don't think many of us have embarked on before," he said.