Republican lawmaker ramps up attack on Trump for trashing losing GOP candidates: They lost because of him
Appearing on CNN on Thursday morning, outgoing GOP House member Rep. Ryan Costello (PA) continued his tirade against Donald Trump for dumping on Republicans who lost on Tuesday, by explaining how hard it was for them to do their jobs under the blustery president.
Speaking with host Alisyn Camerota, Costello was asked about his Wednesday tweet that was critical of Trump and accused the president of “piss[ing]” on them.
“I think that there is a quote that talks about what it takes to be a good leader and that a good leader shares credit when things go well and shoulders the blame when things don’t,” Costello began. “And the president has decided that he often takes credit for things that he didn’t do and blames others when he should be taking the blame.”
“Those members lost because the president’s unfavorability in those districts was so sky high,” he continued. “It was impossible to differentiate yourself from him, so he’s just not correct with what he says.”
“I also think it is a little bit embarrassing to have a Republican president attack Republican members of Congress who really have been the offensive line for a lot of legislative successes,” Costello complained. “I’m a Republican, okay? I am mindful that many of the viewers this morning might be Democrats and voted for Democrats rather than Republicans. But as a Republican congressman who voted in favor and advanced an agenda which I think has largely been positive legislatively, to have the president say that about some of my colleagues is, I think, very disrespectful.”
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