Trump Explains Why GOP Lost Midterms

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Former President Donald Trump believes the “abortion issue” is to blame for the GOP’s lackluster performance in the midterm elections.

Taking to Truth Social on Sunday (January 1), the former President expressed his belief that the GOP handled the situation poorly.

Trump took special aim at those who he described as “firmly” opposing abortion, including insisting that exceptions not be made, even in instances of rape or incest.

The former President also claimed he wasn’t to blame for the GOP’s poor performance, a response to assertions by many pundits — and those in the GOP — that Trump’s selection of candidates and scandal-laden political image resulted in the party performing poorly.

Republicans were expecting sweeping gains in the midterm elections. But those hopes were dashed when they lost a seat in the Senate and only managed to claim a four-seat House majority.

Access the board, Trump’s selection of candidates lost in their Congressional races.
Despite winning in the GOP primaries among a fiercely loyal Trump supporter base, those candidates couldn’t get that same support in the general election, where Independent and moderate voters decide the outcome.

In his post, Trump called out Republicans who for years were pushing an anti-abortion message, saying after they “got their wish” in the Roe V Wade Supreme Court ruling, they “just plain disappeared.”

In 2016, one of Trump’s campaign promises was to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court who would oppose abortion. In his four years in the Oval Office, Trump managed to Appoint three conservative justices to the bench, who became critical votes in overturning Roe V Wade.