Former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he’d ‘absolutely’ back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE on Thursday lashed out at the Wall Street Journal editorial board for calling on Republicans to abandon him and blamed his GOP critics for the party’s Georgia Senate losses.
In a statement released Thursday, Trump accused the paper’s opinion section, which has a traditionally conservative bent, of supporting “globalist policies such as bad trade deals, open borders, and endless wars.”
“They fight for RINOS that have so badly hurt the Republican Party,” Trump said. “That’s where they are and that’s where they will always be. Fortunately, nobody cares much about The Wall Street Journal editorial anymore. They have lost great credibility.”
The statement came in response to an editorial detailing the GOP’s many electoral losses since Trump came into office.
The paper wrote that despite Trump’s claims about his dominance, he lost to President BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott’s medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE by 7 million votes and fumbled away two traditionally red states — Arizona and Georgia.
During Trump’s tenure, Republicans lost the House, Senate and White House. The former president’s approval rating never reached above 50 percent in most polls, the editorial says.
“As long as Republicans focus on the grievances of the Trump past, they won’t be a governing majority,” the editorial board concluded.
The Wall Street Journal also blamed Trump for the GOP’s runoff losses in two Georgia Senate races.
Those races gave Democrats a majority in the Senate and came as the GOP was torn apart by Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him through widespread fraud.
Many Republicans believe Trump’s claims suppressed the GOP vote in rural Georgia, where some voters didn’t think their ballots would count, and in the Atlanta suburbs, where right-leaning independents were turned off by the GOP infighting and claims about a conspiracy.
“He cost the GOP two Georgia Senate races on Jan. 5 as he made his claims of election fraud the main issue rather than checking Mr. Biden and Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Here’s who Biden is now considering for budget chief Biden urges Democrats to advocate for rescue package MORE,” the editorial board wrote. “Mr. Trump essentially told his Georgia supporters their votes didn’t matter, and many stayed home. The GOP lost the Senate.”
Trump blasted back, blaming Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempGeorgia Gov. Kemp says he’d ‘absolutely’ back Trump as 2024 nominee Democrats must prepare now for a contested 2024 election Raid the Republican Party to save the party MORE (R) and other GOP officials in the state for not doing enough to root out fraud, which he continues to blame for his election loss.
Trump also blamed the Senate losses on then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGarland’s AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks DOJ declined to take up Chao ethics probe Trump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC MORE’s (R-Ky.) refusal to push through a COVID-19 relief package that included $2,000 individual payments to most Americans.
“This latter point was used against our Senators and the $2,000 will be approved anyway by the Democrats who bought the Georgia election—and McConnell let them do it!” Trump said. “Even more stupidly, the National Republican Senatorial Committee spent millions of dollars on ineffective TV ads starring Mitch McConnell, the most unpopular politician in the country, who only won in Kentucky because President Trump endorsed him. He would have lost badly without this endorsement.”
McConnell won reelection by nearly 20 points, his largest margin of victory since 2002.