Trump blames 'poorly handled' abortion issue for midterms results

January 2, 2023

Many conservatives were disappointed by last year's midterms, with Republicans winning only a narrow majority in the House and losing the Senate.

One of them is former President Donald Trump, and he recently used a series of posts on Truth Social to point fingers.  

Trump: Abortion issue was "poorly handled"

According to the Daily Caller, Trump argued that Republicans had "poorly handled" abortion by pushing for absolute bans even in states where they are not popular.

"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," the former president insisted.

What's more, Trump went on to complain that pro-life voters had not bothered to vote or campaign despite the Supreme Court having overturned Roe v. Wade last summer.

"Also, the people that pushed so hard, for decades, against abortion, got their wish from the U.S. Supreme Court, & just plain disappeared, not to be seen again," he complained.

However, not everyone agreed with the former president's assessment, with National Review columnist Ramesh Ponnuru arguing that Trump was to blame for the disappointing outcome.

He wrote that "the election results suggest that detaching from Trump, and especially from his worst aspects, is the more urgent political priority."

Mitch McConnell slammed

In his post, Trump also slammed "Mitch stupid $’s," which was likely a reference to Senate Minority Leader McConnell's decision to help moderate Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski fend off a primary challenge from her conservative opponent Kelly Tshibaka.

Fox News noted that Tshibaka blasted McConnell for ensuring that money went to help defeat her rather than confront Democrats in swing states.

"It is regrettable that Sen. Mitch McConnell spent millions of dollars in this race on deceptive ads to secure what he wanted – a Senate minority that he can control, as opposed to a majority that he could not," Tshibaka was quoted as saying.

"Donors’ money would have been better spent in other states to elect more Republicans that would have secured a majority in the Senate," she added.

Fox News noted that Murkowski voted to convict Trump following his impeachment trial and had been targeted by the former president for removal.

"She’s a total creature of the Washington swamp but much worse than that and a tool of a corrupt establishment, the likes of which we’ve never seen," Fox News quoted Trump as saying at a July rally in August. He added, "The fake news media loves her."

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