Fox News’ senior political analyst attacks Trump over US election response
Fox News’ senior political analyst, Brit Hume, has attacked Donald Trump’s response to the defeat of his favoured candidate in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.
Mr Trump had urged voters to again Republican Ed Gillespie on Twitter, saying he would “totally turn around the high crime and poor economic performance” of the state.
But the President’s response to Mr Gillespie’s defeat by Democrat Ralph Northam confirmed him “at his worst”, based on Mr Hume.
Mr Trump stated: “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!”
It echoed the President’s response after Luther Strange, his most well-liked decide for a senate seat in Alabama, misplaced the nomination race. Mr Trump deleted quite a few tweets that had been supportive of the institution candidate.
Mr Hume stated of the billionaire’s rebuke to Mr Gillespie: “Trump at his worst. Everything is always about him.”
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Despite the criticism, Mr Gillespie did embrace quite a few Mr Trump’s stances even when he didn’t welcome him into the state to rally voters on his behalf.
The President performed a marginal position in Virginia, a state he misplaced to Hillary Clinton final autumn, largely as a result of Republicans on the bottom didn’t need him there as his approval scores hovered close to report lows. The White House as a substitute dispatched Vice President Mike Pence to assist Mr Gillespie.
The former aide to George W Bush and Mitt Romney largely reinvented himself as election day neared, with hard-edge assault adverts centered on unlawful immigration and preserving Confederate statues.
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His technique was criticised by Democrats and a few Republicans as race baiting, however drew reward from former Trump strategist Steve Bannon and others.
Mr Northam stated after his victory: “Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we do not condone hatred and bigotry.”
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