Emotions ran high following the projected results for the Georgia Senate runoff election as “pissed” conservative voices spoke out including former President Donald Trump.
(Video: Fox News)
Several hours after polls had closed in The Peach State, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) was projected to be the winner over the Trump-endorsed Republican challenger Herschel Walker. With the result, Democrats are set to hold an actual majority in the Senate come January with a 51-49 split, and Fox News host Laura Ingraham faulted GOP leadership for it.
“We felt this coming,” she said Tuesday night while speaking with her guests Mollie Hemingway and Kellyanne Conway. “To me, it never felt like the Senate Republicans wanted this guy in office. He was a Trump pick, they didn’t like that…there wasn’t the intensity on the part of the Republicans as there was on the part of the Democrats.”
“I felt it. You felt it,” Ingraham continued, addressing the commentators. “But we don’t change anything. We have the same people in place in leadership, same people in place apparently at the RNC, perhaps that’s not changing. We just keep doing the same thing over and over again. I’m pissed tonight, frankly…I’m mad.”
As evidence of the host’s claim, the general election results from Nov. 8 showed Warnock ahead of Walker by 1,943, 737 to 1,907,272 with neither candidate surpassing 50 percent of the vote and triggering an automatic runoff in Georgia.
The paltry messaging in support of Walker brought the former NFL player to 1,719,868 votes, according to Fox News, with nearly 99 percent counted, compared to Warnock’s 1,817,465.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Atlanta voter Tom Callaway spoke highly of the Republican Party, but ultimately voted for the Democrat saying, “I didn’t believe he had a statement of what he really believed in or had a campaign that made sense.”
“It’s really offensive for Republican voters–for Republican donors–who put so much into having some wins, and they just see, kind of, failure across the board,” Hemingway responded to Ingraham. “There aren’t people who are working on early voting or banking ballots, there’s no clear messaging I mean, you look at what happened since the midterm elections where you had a Senate that basically responded to those disappointing midterm losses by doing nothing other than sabotaging their own base. What is the case for voting Republican for the Senate after these midterms? I don’t think one was even attempted to be made. And yet, nothing seems to be changing.”
Meanwhile, Trump, Walker’s longtime friend and supporter took to Truth Social to briefly express the consequences of the loss, not only for Republicans but for the country.
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN BIG TROUBLE,” he wrote. “WHAT A MESS!”
Walker himself took to the stage shortly after the projected loss to concede and told his supporters, “There’s no excuses in life, and I’m not going to make excuses now because we put up one heck of a fight.”
However, others joined Ingraham in pointing the blame squarely at leadership like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Herschel Walker lost because Mitch McConnell sat on his hands instead of making fundraising calls.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) December 7, 2022
Establishment Republicans, Mitch McConnell and Never Trumpers joined Democrats to defeat Herschel Walker. That's what happened tonight in Georgia.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) December 7, 2022
The GOP is basically BRAINDEAD in my humble opinion ! They are culturally tone deaf – and they have not come up with solutions ! The messaging in the GOP is like Mitch McConnell a tired unenergetic uninspiring bore !!!!
— Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) December 7, 2022
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