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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Joy Reid says Trump ‘pulled a full Charlottesville’ by ‘fanning the flames’ of racism and ethno-nationalism
MSNBC anchor Joy Reid blasted President Donald Trump's racism during her opening segment while hosting "The Last Word" on MSNBC on Friday.
"That didn’t last long. Having read the talking points crammed into his hands by nervous Republicans for almost an entire day, Donald Trump pulled a full Charlottesville, praising his supporters who chanted 'Send Her Back' to attack Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his North Carolina campaign rally as 'incredible patriots,'" Reid reported.
"Yep, 24-hours-ago, Trump -- per those nervous Republican talking points -- claimed that he disapproved of the racist chant about congresswoman Omar and even tried to stop it," she said. "He got nice headlines that claiming he was disavowing the chant from some of the news media who indulged in the false balance tick of pretending whatever the president said is true and it’s a given fact."
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"In what is an astonishingly scandal-ridden presidency, populated by an astonishingly strange cast of characters, he remains one of the most unsettling figures in all of Trump world. Again, to be clear, to disambiguate here, we are not talking about Jeffrey Epstein, seen here with the president, who is also now in custody awaiting child sex trafficking charges," Maddow explained. "No, this is a whole different guy who you can see in this picture with the president who is now in federal custody awaiting a different set of sex trafficking charges as well as serious child porn charges and not for the first time."
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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) predicted on Friday that President Donald Trump "will get worse" because of the lack of impeachment proceedings.
Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, was interviewed on MSNBC by Chris Hayes.
"I want to switch gears on the last question here, just to talk about what’s happened over the last several days with the president’s attacks on your colleagues, the chants of 'Send her Back,' which the president sort of very, very tepidly and meekly sort of disavowed yesterday, but then essentially reavowed today when given an opportunity to talk about it, he sort of reembraced his supporters who were chanting that," Hayes noted.