A reality check shows that even Republicans blame Trump for the party’s loss of the Senate in the midterms and a narrow win for the House.
“It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the MidTerms. I was 233-20!” Trump wrote, referring to the candidates he endorsed—many of whom, as Newsweek reports, were incumbents and already expected to win.
“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, & just plain disappeared, not to be seen again,” Trump wrote.
Despite the fact that at one point Trump was pro-choice, when candidate Trump figured out he’d need the Christian right, he went from saying he was “pro-life” to saying women should be punished for getting an abortion.
Trump was asked by The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd in an op-ed in 2016 if he was ever involved with someone who’d had an abortion. To which he responded with the shadiest and most dismissive nonanswer, “Such an interesting question … So what’s your next question?”
It’s unclear whether Trump is now saying that Republicans should push harder on extremist abortion views or that they made the issue too big a deal and pushed voters away during the midterms. But what history tells us is that Trump was responsible for Roe’s reversal when three conservative justices were sworn on to the Supreme Court during his four-year reign of terror in the White House.
“Today’s decision, which is the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation, along with other decisions that have been announced recently, were only made possible because I delivered everything as promised, including nominating and getting three highly respected and strong Constitutionalists confirmed to the United States Supreme Court,” Trump wrote in a June 2022 statement. “It was my great honor to do so!”