The Washington Post reports:
In a tweet after the election, Trump, who is traveling in South Korea, tried to explain away Gillespie’s loss by claiming that it did not reflect poorly on his own political potency.
But it was not clear that a further embrace would have produced any better results. Virginia, which has been trending blue in recent years, was the only Southern state won by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
She beat Trump by a margin of five points in 2016, compared with a nine-point margin for Democrat Ralph Northam over Gillespie.
Guess who has the sadz:
Right-leaning outlet Breitbart News immediately threw Gillespie under the bus, dubbing him a “Republican swamp thing,” with senior editor Joel B. Pollak saying, “The main reason the GOP cannot unite to fulfill their past promises is because of jittery moderate incumbents in blue states and a few swing districts.”
“Most of the blame sits with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,” Pollak wrote. “But the buck stops with Trump. It falls to him to find a way to fulfill core legislative priorities on health care, immigration, and taxes without losing too many moderates or alienating his base.”
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017