Trump just took credit for Karen Handel’s Georgia win. Jon Ossoff’s response is beyond epic

At a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, where he is stumping for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone, Trump spent the large majority of his speech bouncing between self-congratulatory praise, defending his own missteps in office, and spewing unscripted – and misguided – remarks.

Amid his ramblings, Trump opted to relitigate the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, in which Republican Karen Handel defeated her Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, in what had become the most expensive House race in American history.

Trump, in characteristic fashion, took credit for the win, explaining, “I hope I don’t have to make speeches all over like I did last time,” referencing the upcoming PA 18 special election.

Jon Ossoff saw Trump’s self-important rant and immediately set him straight, calling attention to the fact that he even has to defend what were otherwise “safe” Republican seats to begin with– a byproduct of his own staggering unpopularity.

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It is widely believed that Trump’s own dismal approval rating – the lowest of any president at this point in his presidency in modern history – is dragging the rest of his party down. Seats that have been safely red for decades are now falling to Democrats en masse, such as Alabama’s Senate seat.

The desperate pandering comes amid a tightening special election race in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Whereas Trump won this district by a 20-point margin in 2016, polls have shown Democrat Conor Lamb his Republican counterpart in what may be the latest in a string of humiliating lost seats for the GOP leading up to midterms.

Trump may use these events to stroke his ego in front of his base, but Americans are fed up with such inept leadership. No amount of campaign-style rallies are going to change what is certain to be a devastating midterm election cycle for the GOP.

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.