President Trump went on offense against his own party at a Wednesday post-election press conference, where he named and shamed Republicans who lost their races, saying they had brought it on themselves by failing to “embrace” him.
“You had some who decided to, ‘let’s stay away.’ They did very poorly,” Trump said bitterly. “I’m not sure that I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it.”
Then Trump began to single out individual candidates for ridicule.
“Mike Kauffman: too bad, Mike,” the president said.
“Mia Love. I saw Mia Love, and she called me all of the time to help her with a hostage situation being held hostage in Venezuela,” Trump said, with more than a little disdain. “But Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”
Trump said that Barbara Comstock, Peter Roskam, Erik Paulsen, Robert Hugin, and John Faso all could have won their races if they had only embraced him and his messaging.
“Those are some people that decided for their own reasons not to embrace, whether it is me or what we stand for,” Trump added. “But what we stand for meant a lot to most people.”
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