‘It wasn’t my fault’: Trump blames GOP’s ‘poorly handled’ abortion issue for midterm losses

Former President Trump pushed back against those blaming him for the Republicans’ midterm losses, asserting on Truth Social that it was the GOP’s handling of the “abortion issue” and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s fault for the election outcomes.

It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the MidTerms. I was 233-20! It was the ‘abortion issue,’ poorly handled by many Republicans, especially those that firmly insisted on No Exceptions, even in the case of Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother, that lost large numbers of Voters. Also, the people that pushed so hard, for decades, against abortion, got their wish from the U.S. Supreme Court, & just plain disappeared, not to be seen again. Plus, Mitch stupid $’s!” Trump wrote on his social media platform.

While in office, the 45th president appointed three pro-life justices to the Supreme Court which included Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch. All voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

According to The Hill, “Exit polls showed abortion placed second among the most important issues for voters in the midterms.”

The New York Times analysis of the midterm elections found Trump’s preferred candidates performed five points worse than generic Republicans in U.S. House races.

Many conservatives felt that a “red wave” would materialize during the midterm elections that did not occur. The overwhelming majority of conservatives were thrilled that Roe v. Wade was overturned. Not so much with the outcome of the elections.

Many Trump picks won their races but when it came down to the wire, a few key ones lost. Particularly aggravating to Republicans was the fact that Democrats picked up a seat in the Senate with John Fetterman who had a stroke the day before the Democratic primary and defeated Trump-endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz. Fetterman was obviously affected by the stroke and has speech and cognitive problems, but he still won the race.

In the end, even though Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema left the Democrats and is now an Independent, she will caucus with the Democrats, giving them 51 votes in the Senate. The Republicans did win the House by a small majority of nine seats but it was nowhere near what Republicans had hoped or expected.

Many believe that Republicans should have run harder on the COVID issue.

Trump has been staunch in his stance that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. He has endorsed those who support that claim, but his aim was to run true conservatives, not those aligned with the Deep State. The GOP establishment actually went against a number of candidates supported by Trump, withholding funds and support that was needed to win their races. They then blamed the former president when they lost for picking so-called “radical” candidates.

Heritage Action For America found that the GOP underperformed because it lost independents, did not offer voters a clear agenda, failed to combat Democrats’ abortion messaging, and lacked financial resources, according to the Washington Examiner.

Trump announced that he will run for the presidency for the third time in 2024. So far, he is the only Republican who has entered the race.

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis is the strongest contender against Trump’s run but he has not said that he would enter the contest yet.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Cats Roundtable host John Catsimatidis that “ticket-splitting” was a significant factor in a “red wave” failing to materialize in the midterm elections.

“We didn’t win as much as we wanted to win,” she commented.

“We’ve got to look at what happened in every state, what happened in every race,” McDaniel noted. “We saw very high Republican turnout. But we saw a massive amount of ticket-splitting, where a Republican would win statewide… but the other Republican running statewide… the Republicans actually voted for the Democrat. We’ve got to figure out what that is.”

“The RNC, we don’t pick the candidates. The voters do,” McDaniel deflected. “We don’t do the messaging. That’s up to the campaigns. But we do do turnout. The one thing we’re seeing right now is that turnout was sky high, but Republicans didn’t vote for every Republican candidate.”

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