Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump doesn’t “look bad” after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ narrow reelection victory over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in Louisiana.
“What he said was he’d be made to look bad whether he came in the state or not,” Scalise, the House minority whip, Scalise told host Chris Wallace. “Eddie Rispone made up a 22-point disadvantage over the last month because of President Trump’s involvement. … Clearly, President Trump’s involvement made a big difference at helping close that massive gap.”
Scalise, who appeared Thursday at a Louisiana rally with Trump in support of Rispone, added that the president’s support helped galvanize Republicans in the state to force a runoff with Edwards.
“The governor’s polling showed he was above 50 before President Trump first started getting involved,” Scalise said. “That forced a runoff.”
Edwards beat Rispone on Saturday in a state that Trump won by 20 percentage points in 2016. It was the second loss Trump has suffered this month after Gov. Matt Bevin (R-Ky) was defeated by Democrat Andy Beshear.