Emotions run high among conservatives as Trump arrives to speak at the American Conservative Union Convention (CPAC) on the afternoon of Feb. 28, 2021.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump (R-Texas) on Thursday (March 4) strongly rebutted a Wall Street Journal editorial that called on Republicans to dump Trump and blamed Trump for the GOP’s loss of two congressional Senate seats in Georgia.
In a statement released Thursday, Trump accused the newspaper’s opinion page of supporting “globalist policies like bad trade deals, open borders and endless wars.
“They (the WaPo) fight for so-called Republicans (RINOS) who are doing serious harm to the Republican Party,” Trump said, “and that’s where they stand and that’s where they’ll always be. Fortunately, no one cares that much about the Wall Street Journal’s editorials anymore. They’ve lost a tremendous amount of credibility.”
Trump’s statement was in response to a WaPo editorial published 2 days ago accusing the Republican Party of multiple electoral losses since Trump took office.
The editorial said that despite Trump’s claims of an advantage, he lost 7 million votes to President Joe Biden and pried away two traditionally red states – Arizona and Joe.
Republicans also lost the House, Senate and White House during Trump’s tenure. In most polls, former President Trump’s approval rating never reached above 50 percent, the editorial said.
“As long as Republicans cling to Trump’s whiny past, they will not be the majority in power.” the editorial reads.
The Wall Street Journal also blamed Trump for the loss of the Joe State Congressional Senate runoff.
The Republicans lost seats in Joe, allowing Democrats to become the majority party in the Senate; the editorial argues that Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen by Democrats through widespread fraud caused a split in the GOP party and some Republican voters not coming out to vote.
Trump fired back at Joe State on Thursday on the reasons for his loss, to The WaPo, accusing Joe State Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and the state’s so-called Republican officials of not doing enough to stamp out election fraud.
“In the spirit of setting the record straight, (I believe) there are two reasons why the Senate race in Joe State was lost. First, Republicans did not turn out to vote because they were so angry and frustrated with the Republican leadership in Joe and Governor Kemp for not standing up to Stacey Abrams (R-Joe) and the disastrous ‘Consent Decree’ that The consent decree eliminated nearly statewide signature verification requirements (and worse), and the provision was not approved by the state legislature as required by the Constitution – all of which had a significant impact on the outcome, which was a rigged election.” Trump’s statement reads.
“Second, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to pay more than $600 per person in checks on the stimulus package, while two Democratic opponents ran ad after ad touting (voting for them) for $2,000 each. This latter was used against our (Republican) senators, and the $2,000 would have been approved by the Democrats who bought the Joe State election anyway – and McConnell allowed them to do it!” Trump said in a statement.
“Even more foolishly, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (the NRSC) spent millions of dollars on ineffective TV ads starring McConnell, the most unpopular politician in the country, who won in Kentucky because President Trump backed him. Without that endorsement, he would have lost badly.” Trump added.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is responsible for defending the Republican Senate seat that was switched.
Former President Donald Trump (R-Texas) issued a public statement March 4 rebutting the Wall Street Journal’s editorial piece. (Trump’s Save America Super PAC)
Trump’s statement Thursday was similar to what he released on Feb. 17 through the Save America Super PAC. Trump blamed McConnell for the Republican Party’s loss in the 2020 Senate election, and that if leaders like McConnell remain in charge of the Republican Party, the GOP will never win again.
McConnell said in an interview with Fox on the 25th in response to Trump’s criticism that the Republican Party is actually in very good shape. He listed that the Republican Party added seats in the House of Representatives in 2020; when the outside world predicted that the Republican Party would lose the Senate, the Republican Party got fifty Senate seats; in addition, the Democratic Party did not flip a state legislature, but the Republican Party flipped two state legislatures as well as took the governor of a state.
“The Republicans had a very good day on Nov. 3.” McConnell said, “It’s unfortunate to lose the White House, but the Republican Party proved once again that this is a 50-50 country and we are very competitive and will be competitive again in 2022.”
Trump has long said that the Republican Party performed well in the 2020 election and that it is statistically or common-sense impossible to lose the White House; where Trump is not satisfied with McConnell is that McConnell did not deny all of the problems that surfaced during the election process and did not do his job to ensure the integrity of the election, not to mention his efforts to ensure that future elections are fair and just.
At present, the Republican elite have more inherited Trump’s policies, but do not want Trump’s argument. However, Trump’s position among Republican voters is currently almost untouchable.
A just-concluded Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) straw poll released Sunday, Feb. 28, showed that 55 percent of participants (overwhelmingly Republican voters) believe Trump should be the Republican presidential nominee in 2024; only then did Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (21 percent support), and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, with 4 percent support).
Nearly 70 percent of survey respondents said they would like to see Trump run again in 2024, while 15 percent said they would not. Another 17 percent said they were unsure.