Donald Trump is still the leader of the Republican Party.
But Trump threw the GOP a big-time curveball.
Donald Trump dropped a massive election bombshell that no one saw coming.
Republicans from every faction of the party are searching for answers as to why the GOP fell short of expectations in the midterm elections.
Democrats gained a Senate seat and Republicans only won a nine-vote majority in the House of Representatives.
The much-hyped red wave dried up and everyone in the Republican Party sought to blame someone else for the debacle.
Establishment Republicans — who have long wanted to exile Trump and his grassroots supporters — blamed Trump for the midterm letdown claiming Trump endorsed a set of weak general election candidates in key Senate and gubernatorial election primaries.
That obviously did not sit well with Trump.
But Trump’s attempt to deflect blame found an odd target.
Trump claimed that pro-life activists bore the brunt of responsibility for the GOP coming up short in the midterm elections.
In a post on Truth Social Trump attacked pro-life activists as extremists who were nowhere to be found after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade this past summer.
“It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the midterms,” Trump began. “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, and just plain disappeared, not to be seen again. Plus, Mitch stupid $’s!” Trump added.
This was not true.
The pro-life position was a winning position as Texas Republican Party Chairman Matt Rinaldi pointed out.
Trigger law states where Dobbs effectively ended abortion: AR, ID, KY, LA, MS, MO, ND, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT & WY. The GOP performed well in all these states. Ohio passed a heartbeat law & the GOP won nearly every statewide election by 20 points. Dobbs wasn’t the problem.
— Matt Rinaldi (@MattRinaldiTX) January 2, 2023
Republican governors in Texas, Ohio, and Georgia also won handy re-election victories after signing “heartbeat bills” — which ban abortion after six weeks — into law.
And finally, no one knows better the political potency of the pro-life cause than Donald Trump.
Trump won the 2016 election because voters who listed the Supreme Court as their top issue voted for Trump by a 56 to 41 margin over Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump won over those voters by promising to nominate conservative Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.
The establishment wants Donald Trump gone and thinks the midterm elections can provide them political cover to excommunicate Trump.
Trump understandably wants to fight back.
But Trump missed the mark by blaming pro-life activists for the GOP’s midterm faceplant.
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