Trump Implies Democrats Cheated in 2018 Midterms, Republicans Must “Be More Paranoid”
In what was seen as a referendum on Donald Trump, Democrats won sweeping gains in the 2018 midterms. The party picked up 40 House seats with a popular vote margin of nearly 8%.
The president was not only upset by those numbers, but he feels there was some impropriety going on. Speaking at an National Republican Campaign Committee dinner last night, Trump told Republicans to “be more paranoid” about election rigging.
The president began by refusing any responsibility for the 2018 losses. ““I say, what the hell do I have to do with it? They say, Trump wasn’t running,” Trump remarked.
“Our Kevin. Do we love Kevin?” Trump says of Kevin McCarthy as he takes the stage at NRCC funder. Of GOP losses in 2018: “I say, what the hell do I have to do with it? They say, Trump wasn’t running.”
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) April 2, 2019
Trump then said of the races, “There were a lot of close elections in 2018 and every one seemed to go Democrat. You’ve got to be a little more paranoid than you are. You don’t like it either but you don’t want to say it because you’re afraid of the press.”
Trump at NRCC dinner says there "were a lot of close elections" in 2018 and "every one seemed to go Democrat…You’ve got to be a little more paranoid than you are … you don’t like it either but you don’t want to say it because you’re afraid of the press."
— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) April 2, 2019
While there is no evidence to back their claims, many Republicans have accused Democrats of election tampering. Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton released an inaccurate report showing that thousands of illegal immigrants had voted in Texas elections.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), recently claimed that Democrats, “let dead people vote.” This led to a stinging rebuke from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who replied that Cheney must, “get her news from Facebook memes.”
Hey Rep. Cheney,
I see from your dead people comment that you get your news from Facebook memes, but the National Constitution Center + Newsweek are just two of many places where you can clarify your misunderstanding of the history of the 22nd Amendment: https://t.co/Je6mHFJ687 https://t.co/np1XtgLpm1
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 1, 2019
The White House has yet to comment on the president’s latest claims.