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‘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.

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.”

Trump followed with another tweet trying to save face, but he got hammered in response:

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