When is a loss not really a loss? When it’s being spun like a yo-yo by the Trump administration.
According to the White House, the narrow victory by Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania last night over Rick Saccone — who Trump personally campaigned for TWICE — is because the Democrat embraced Trump’s policies.
We now allow a brief interval for uncontrollable laughter.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah tried desperately on Wednesday to make it sound as if the election outcome wasn’t an outright rejection of his boss:
“The president’s engagement in the race turned what was a deficit for the Republican candidate to what is essentially a tie.”
Actually, before Trump got involved in the election, Saccone was expected to win the district in a walk, especially when you consider that Trump carried the same district by 20 points in 2016.
But Shah wasn’t quite done adding to his daily quotient of lies, also commenting:
“the Democrat in the race really embraced the president’s policies and his vision whereas he didn’t really embrace Nancy Pelosi.”
Yes, Lamb did run as a moderate, and said that while he’s opposed to abortion, he supports a woman’s right to choose, which is something Trump is vehemently opposed to. Lamb also supports tougher background checks for gun ownership.
But here’s the real bottom line: The moderate Lamb had the support of progressive Democrats, none of whom have or ever would cast a ballot for Donald Trump.
What we saw last night in Pennsylvania was proof positive that the Republicans are holding onto their Congressional majority by the skin of their teeth. If they cannot win races in districts where Trump was overwhelmingly victorious, then they’re doomed as the November midterms approach.
Donald Trump is political anthrax, and every candidate he supports loses. The longer the GOP continues to cling to Trump, the bigger their losses will be. And that’s good news for the future of this country.
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