‘A Blue Tsunami Is Coming’: Twitter Hammers Trump For Trying To Minimize Stinging Defeat
After spending Tuesday attacking Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with a tasteless sexual reference, President Donald Trump woke to a political earthquake Wednesday morning that even he could not chalk up to fake news, after Republican Roy Moore crashed to defeat in the Alabama Senate race.
Completely disregarding the advice of top Republicans, Trump had thrown himself unequivocally and comprehensively behind Moore — and so the deeply flawed Republican candidate’s upset loss on Tuesday is now his own.
But in an effort to save face on Wednesday, he insisted he had actually had it right all along — recalling his earlier support for incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in a primary, before he was defeated by Moore, in what was seen at the time as another bad political bet by the President.
“The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!” Trump tweeted.
In his first reaction to the loss, Trump was unusually chivalrous, congratulating Jones and bemoaning the write-in votes that helped doom Moore.
“The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!” Trump tweeted.
Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
But the stunning win by Democrat Doug Jones in one of the nation’s most conservative states raised questions not just about Trump’s political acumen but also over whether his remarkable run, in which he crushed convention and defied political gravity, is beginning, finally, to run out of steam.
Moore’s loss also put the fate of the President’s agenda on the line, with the GOP majority in the Senate now shaved to just a single vote and the chamber one step closer.
Also, by siding so closely with Moore, Trump has given Democrats an opening to argue that he supported an accused child molester for his own political gain.
To make matters worse for Republicans, the Alabama special election came at an extraordinary moment in American political life —with allegations against Moore coinciding with an awakening over sexual harassment against women in politics, the media and entertainment.
Now Republicans fear the allegations of sexual misconduct against the President himself have become a greater political liability as the #metoo movement threatens to reshape politics ahead of the midterms next year and the 2020 presidential elections.
One of Trump’s biggest critics, GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, who has criticized the President’s moral leadership, summed up the result in a simple tweet: “Decency wins.”
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) December 13, 2017
Trump followed with another tweet trying to save face, but he got hammered in response:
If last night’s election proved anything, it proved that we need to put up GREAT Republican candidates to increase the razor thin margins in both the House and Senate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
If it proved anything it proved that Your endorsement means jack sh!t!!
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) December 13, 2017
Maybe start with resigning? Choose small, accessible goals. #MotivationalInterviewing
— Zackary Berger, MD (@ZackBergerMDPhD) December 13, 2017
Last nights election proved Black men and women are beginning to understand that we have a voice and can move things in our favor if we get out and vote. We learned that when we came together to help Obama get elected. No matter what you undo his legacy remains in our hearts.
— Camille (@hunnybunnylover) December 13, 2017
Alabama spoke for the country last night. We’re tired of your act, @realDonaldTrump. Your 15 minutes are up.
— JDB (@JDB3061) December 13, 2017
Agreed 100%! Start with the Buffoon at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! pic.twitter.com/TOqC4LCp8I
— Justin Nielsen (@justinnielsendc) December 13, 2017
It proved religious and sexual bigotry, racism, pedophilia and misogyny will not be tolerated. Alabama’s African American women are heroes today!! pic.twitter.com/m8joWlo7gl
— David D. Griffith (@DavidDGriffith) December 13, 2017
Nicest thing I've ever seen you write, that convinces me you didn't write it.
— Thomas Fenton (@ThomasFenton) December 13, 2017
The tsunami is coming.
— Cary Haskin (@CaryHaskin) December 13, 2017
By “the deck was stacked against him” are you referring to everything he’s ever done and said and who he is as a person? Or just that black people voted?
— Jeff Grimm (@thejeffgrimm) December 13, 2017
FORMER lifelong republican – in the past I voted straight ticket quite often… Even I am RELIEVED that #RoyMoore lost and #DougJones won. Human decency should win over party loyalty any day. #notmypartyanymore
— Nicole H. Kosanovich (@niccihanes) December 13, 2017
Lol! So both of the men you campaigned for, begged to the voters for their votes…LOST! Moore didn't have deck stacked against him silly..his actions, bigotry , mouth & your endorsement did him in. As it should be!
— Cleo Kiernan (@CleoK) December 13, 2017
Oh my lawwwwwwd. You really are the whiniest baby.
— Darcie Cebula (@darciecebula) December 13, 2017
It couldn’t possibly have been your fault that Moore lost, could it?
— Jason CT (@JasonCT) December 13, 2017
Who… who wrote this tweet? Because it's certainly, most definitely was not our President.
— Pwnt (@PwntByUkrainian) December 13, 2017
It also proved that: pic.twitter.com/BfZFNTfzDz
— Cam McWilliam (@CamMcWilliam) December 13, 2017
Funny. 5 days ago you urged your followers that Roy Moore was the path to “make America great.” You can’t be believed or trusted. https://t.co/7FBshsX7gC
— Scott Gingold (@MichiGing) December 13, 2017
— ImpeachTraitorTrump (@ImpeachDJT2017) December 13, 2017
It's proved you are worthlessssssss
— Michael Turchin (@MichaelTurchin) December 13, 2017