The polls have just barely closed on the East Coast, and both the New Jersey and Virginia governors’ races have gone to Democrats. The loss is especially painful in Virginia as Trump not only endorsed Republican candidate Ed Gillespie, but has been trying to build him up on Twitter as the only proper choice. Now that Northam, the Democrat, has won, Trump is already on Twitter shirking any and all responsibility for why Gillespie lost.
In fact, he’s reverted completely back to junior high with typical “Well, I didn’t want to be your friend anyway,” bullshit. In responding to Gillespie’s loss, he actually implied Gillespie lost because he’s not Trumpian enough:
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
Translation: “I can’t tolerate losses by candidates I endorsed, so it’s really their own fault.” But Gillespie won non-college educated whites by a significant margin, which, well, says a lot about just how Trumpian he was. Trump won that same group by nearly the same margin a year ago. And Trump isn’t the only one; Laura Ingraham is also busy making lame excuses about why Gillespie lost:
During his failed senatorial campaign @EdWGillespie played footsie with conservative populism but didn’t embrace it. Big mistake.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 8, 2017
Anything to make this look like something other than a painful blow to the GOP.
Trump is also ignoring the fact that the positions of lieutenant governor and attorney general in Virginia have also gone to Democrats. Furthermore, the Democrats have picked up 11 seats in Virginia’s House of Delegates and are currently up 45-44, with 11 seats still up for grabs as of the time of this posting. So if Trump is talking about Virginia here, he’s completely out to lunch.
But a Democrat also won the governorship in New Jersey, and Democrat Bill DeBlasio is currently leading in the New York City mayoral race. In other words, Democrats won big on the East Coast tonight and Trump is busy trying to excuse it by implying that more Republicans would have won if they’d only just been more like him.
Or, to put it another way, he doesn’t want to look like a kiss of death for the GOP, which he may well be. Too bad for Trump.
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