Last night’s Democratic victory in the taking of the House of Representatives was in large part a repudiation of Trump, a powerful rejection of his divisive, violence-inspiring rhetoric as well as his gleefully cruel agenda. It was a clear, if perhaps not overwhelming, sign that the country is trending in the right direction and all is not yet lost for our democracy.
In typical fashion, President Trump refused to accept any responsibility for GOP losses and instead chose to blame the candidates themselves. He took to Twitter to claim credit for Republican wins and distance himself from the losses.
Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye! Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
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Now, a retiring Republican Congressman is hitting back. Ryan Costello, who chose not run for reelection in Pennslyvania’s 6th District took to Twitter to lament the “harassment & filth” spewed at Republican members of Congress (MOC’s) because of Trump.
Costello’s former seat flipped blue last night when Democrat Chrissy Houlahan defeated Republican Greg McCauley.
Costello voiced his frustration over having to “bite his lips more times than he’d care to” and over his disagreement with Trump on the “principle and civility” that should be on display during election campaigns.
He then went after Trump directly, pointing out that the Republicans who lost their elections have Trump to thank for their defeats, and rather than take responsibility the president has chosen to “piss on them.” Costello added that the entire thing angers him to his core.
While his frustration is understandable, one struggles to conjure any real sympathy for him. The GOP made a deal with the Devil when they chose Trump as the leader of their party, and they deserve every ounce of karma coming their way. Republicans who choose to “bite their lip” as Costello says are complicit in Trump’s crimes and degradations and deserve to be voted out of office. Goodbye Costello, and good riddance.
To deal w harassment & filth spewed at GOP MOC’s in tough seats every day for 2 yrs, bc of POTUS; to bite ur lip more times you’d care to; to disagree & separate from POTUS on principle & civility in ur campaign; to lose bc of POTUS & have him piss on u. Angers me to my core.
— Ryan Costello (@RyanCostello) November 7, 2018