Trump news – live: Trump rages at McConnell over midterms failure, as DeSantis overtakes him in 2024 poll


Io Dodds ,Andrew Naughtie,Oliver O’Connell and Gustaf Kilander

Sun, 13 November 2022 at 5:26 pm

Donald Trump went after the senate GOP leader on Truth Social over the Republicans’ dismal results in the midterms.

“It’s Mitch McConnell’s fault. Spending money to defeat great Republican candidates instead of backing Blake Masters and others was a big mistake,” Mr Trump wrote. “Giving 4 Trillion Dollars to the Radical Left for the Green New Deal, not Infrastructure, was an even bigger mistake.”

Mr Trump concluded by making a racist comment about Mr McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao, who served as the Secretary of Transportation in the Trump administration.

“He blew the Midterms, and everyone despises him and his otherwise lovely wife, Coco Chow!” Mr Trump wrote.

Mr Trump is facing new setbacks as Marie Gluesenkamp Perez beat Republican Joe Kent, who was endorsed by the former president, in a win that represents a major upset for the Democrats and more humiliation for Mr Trump.

Meanwhile, in a recent poll, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a 7 per cent lead against Mr Trump in a hypothetical 2024 GOP primary.

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Democrat wins top Nevada elections job over election denier

18:00 , The Associated Press

Democrat Cisco Aguilar was elected as Nevada’s secretary of state, winning the elections post over Republican Jim Marchant, who pushed to scrap voting machines and claimed all Nevada winners since 2006 have been “installed by the deep-state cabal.”

Marchant’s loss marks the latest defeat for election conspiracy theorists who sought to gain control of elections in competitive states. Marchant organized a coalition of 17 such Republican candidates for the 2022 election, and all lost their races except two — Diego Morales, who was elected secretary of state in Indiana, and Kari Lake, whose contest for Arizona governor remained too close to call.

Marchant, Mark Finchem — an Arizona state lawmaker who attended the Jan. 6 protests — and Michigan’s Kristina Karamo were the most prominent secretary of state candidates because they sought the office overseeing voting in three of the six swing states that decided the winner of the 2020 presidential elections. Their bids drew millions of dollars in outside spending from Democrats and their allies on ads warning voters about them. In contrast, the Republican Party’s apparatus that normally backs secretaries of states didn’t support any election conspiracy theorists and they raised paltry sums of money.

“Their candidates showed voters who they were and the voters rejected them,” said Ellen Kurz, a Democratic strategist whose group iVote spent $15 million against the conspiracy theorists. “Voters saved democracy.”

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Democrat wins top Nevada elections job over election denier

Trump blames McConnell for midterms flop and takes racist swipe at his wife

17:24 , Gustaf Kilander

Donald Trump went after the senate GOP leader on Truth Social over the Republicans’ dismal results in the midterms.

“It’s Mitch McConnell’s fault. Spending money to defeat great Republican candidates instead of backing Blake Masters and others was a big mistake,” Mr Trump wrote. “Giving 4 Trillion Dollars to the Radical Left for the Green New Deal, not Infrastructure, was an even bigger mistake.”

Mr Trump concluded by making a racist comment about Mr McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao, who served as the Secretary of Transportation in the Trump administration.

“He blew the Midterms, and everyone despises him and his otherwise lovely wife, Coco Chow!” Mr Trump wrote.

Schumer hails Democratic retention of Senate as he condemns GOP’s violent rhetoric

17:00 , Eric Garcia

Chuck Schumer said that Democrats’ victory was a refutation of violent Republican rhetoric that former president Donald Trump ignited through his lies about the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

“The American people rejected – soundly rejected – the anti-democratic, authoritarian, nasty, and divisive direction that Maga Republicans wanted to take our country in,” he said. Mr Schumer cited not only the violent riot at the US Capitol on 6 January of last year, but also threats against poll workers and the electoral process.

“All of that bothered the American people,” he said. “And another thing that bugged him just as much too many of the Republican leaders went along with that didn’t didn’t rebut that violence, and some of them even aided and abetted the words of negativity and other things.”

Mr Schumer said that he feared for the well-being of the United States and whether Republicans would win.

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Schumer hails Democratic retention of Senate as he condemns GOP’s violent rhetoric

VOICES: Mitch McConnell is to blame for Republicans’ flop in the Senate, but not for the reasons conservatives think

16:00 , Eric Garcia

McConnell blame is easy to do because, despite voting like one, he’s never been a true movement conservative and the base has long despised him. In addition, he also occasionally says nice things about Joe Biden and in a party that sees Democrats not just as the opposition but as the enemy, that amounts to sacriliege.

Of course, pointing the finger at McConnell comes after plenty of conservative media outlets and figures have said that former president Donald Trump harmed the party’s chances. But that is also a convenient excuse because it allows conservatives who never fully liked Trump and his supporters to finally dump him and allow them to start peddling Ron DeSantis as the 2024 nominee.

But in truth, McConnell and Trump do deserve blame – just not for the reasons their supporters would like to say: As president and Senate Majority Leader, they are the two men most responsible for creating the Supreme Court that wrote Dobbs v Jackson, which overturned Roe v Wade.

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McConnell’s to blame for midterms flop – but not for the reasons conservatives think

Marie Perez defeats Joe Kent in latest humiliation for Donald Trump

15:00 , Andrew Buncombe

Marie Gluesenkamp Perez has beaten Trump-backed Republican Joe Kent in a win that represents a major upset for the Democrats and more humiliation for the former president.

Five days after voters went to the polls in the 2022 midterms and on the evening Democrats learned they had held the Senate, the Associated Press called the race for the 34-year-old, and local media described her win as “perhaps the most stunning political upset in the country this year”. Her opponent, meanwhile, declined to concede and said the “fight would go on”.

“I am humbled and honoured by the vote of confidence the people of southwest Washington have put in me and my campaign. Right up to the end, far-away pundits and prognosticators said this race couldn’t be won,” Ms Perez said in a statement on Saturday evening.

“They dismissed the possibility that a moderate Democrat focused on prioritising the needs of this district over partisan point scoring could win in a rural, working-class district.”

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Marie Perez defeats Joe Kent in latest humiliation for Donald Trump

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