President Donald Trump warned Congressional Republicans to be “paranoid” that Democrats were rigging elections.
Trump spoke at a fundraiser for the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), the organization in charge of House elections for the GOP.
During his remarks, Trump denied that he was a reason why Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives during the blue wave of the midterm elections.
“I say, what the hell do I have to do with it?” Trump said, according to Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez.
“Our Kevin. Do we love Kevin?” Trump says of Kevin McCarthy as he takes the stage at NRCC funder. Of GOP losses in 2018: “I say, what the hell do I have to do with it? They say, Trump wasn’t running.”
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) April 2, 2019
Trump then seemed to suggest the 2018 midterms were stolen.
President Trump, speaking to the NRCC, seemed to imply the 2018 midterms were rigged: "we have to be a little bit careful, because I don't like the way the votes are being tallied. You don't like it either, you just don't want to say it because you're afraid of the press."
— Nikki Carvajal (@nikkicarvajal) April 2, 2019
Trump at NRCC dinner says there "were a lot of close elections" in 2018 and "every one seemed to go Democrat…You’ve got to be a little more paranoid than you are … you don’t like it either but you don’t want to say it because you’re afraid of the press."
— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) April 2, 2019
Trump told the NRCC: “We have to be a little bit careful, because I don't like the way the votes are being tallied… You don't like it either, you just don't want to say it because you're afraid of the press.” https://t.co/U8dzQn9CEn
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 2, 2019
The event raised $23 million — $9 million less than last year’s event.
"That's not bad," says Pres Trump of the $23-million raised at tonight's @NRCC Spring Fundraising Dinner. Actually, the dinner brought in $32-million last year, when the GOP was the House Majority. "You are the minority," @POTUS reminded GOP donors tonight. pic.twitter.com/bPkdZeeHN7
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 2, 2019
“Boy, that has kept us in business – those tweets,” Trump said, calling them “my only form of defense” in this speech to the NRCC. pic.twitter.com/mtyiWg7Tyf
— Roberta Rampton (@robertarampton) April 2, 2019