The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board pushed back at former President Trump after he blasted the publication over their take on his influence on the GOP.
How we got here: The WSJ editorial board on Monday published a piece that blamed the former president for Republicans’ loss of the Senate. They also argued that overall, Trump is hurting the Republican party.
“He proceeded to lose the White House on Nov. 3, and he cost the GOP two Georgia Senate races on Jan. 5 as he made his claims of election fraud the main issue rather than checking Mr. Biden and Nancy Pelosi. Mr. Trump essentially told his Georgia supporters their votes didn’t matter, and many stayed home. The GOP lost the Senate,” the article reads.
“Mr. Trump had one landmark victory in 2016 but he has cost the GOP dearly since,” it adds.
What Trump said: The former president criticized the editorial board for its stances and claimed they have “lost credibility.”
“The Wall Street Journal editorial page continues, knowingly, to fight for globalist policies such as bad trade deals, open borders, and endless wars that favor other countries and sell out our great American workers, and they fight for RINOS that have so badly hurt the Republican Party,” Trump said. “That’s where they are and that’s where they will always be. Fortunately, nobody cares much about The Wall Street Journal editorial anymore.”
The former president also claimed that he was not responsible for the losses in Georgia and blamed Republicans in the state, including the governor, and GOP members in the Senate. Trump said Republicans in Georgia did not vote because they were upset over the low stimulus checks and the governor’s handling of the election.
President Trump responds to the WSJ:
“The Wall Street Journal editorial page continues, knowingly, to fight for globalist policies such as bad trade deals, open borders, and endless wars that favor other countries and sell out our great American workers…”
FULL STATEMENT: pic.twitter.com/2c7l9Tql0f
— Natalie Harp (@NatalieJHarp) March 5, 2021
The board on Thursday responded to Trump’s statement and poked holes in his arguments. They also doubled down on the claim that he is the reason that the GOP does not have a majority in the Senate.
“For someone who says we don’t matter, he sure spends a lot of time reading and responding to us. Thanks for the attention,” the piece, titled “Donald Trump’s Georgia Rewrite,” reads.
“Former Presidents and Vice Presidents have told us how psychologically difficult the early months of lost political power can be. We can therefore empathize if former President Trump is frustrated these days, and perhaps that explains his attack on us Thursday over his role in the GOP’s loss of the Senate,” it says.
The board concluded by suggesting he seeks counseling.
“Losing to Joe Biden of all people, and by 7.1 million votes as an incumbent President, must be painful. Counseling could be in order,” they wrote. “Any good analyst will explain that the first step toward recovery is to accept reality. The same applies to Republican voters who want to win back Congress in 2022 and the White House in 2024.”
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