Former President Donald Trump is disappointed he’s not getting enough “kudos or accolades” for his “great success” after a disappointing performance by Republicans in this year’s midterm elections.
The GOP’s predictions of a massive “red wave” failed to materialize this week, and Democrats fared better than expected. Control of both houses of Congress was still up in the air as of Friday. Trump has received a fierce Republican backlash in the days after the election as he tried to turn the results into a personal victory.
In a Truth Social post on Friday, he said he was unfairly receiving more criticism than praise.
“I had great success on Endorsements, perhaps success like no one has ever had before, both for the Republican nominations and the general election itself, and I continue to get fake news, RINO, and criticism from the radical left, but rarely kudos or compliments.” Triumph wrote. “That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it always will be!”
In previous Truth Social posts this week, Trump has boasted that most of his more than 200 endorsed candidates won their election. He failed to mention, however, that his endorsements were dominated by candidates who were highly favored to win their election because they ran in solidly Republican areas.
Trump’s relatively small selection of endorsements for Republican candidates in competitive races fared much worse, though some races have yet to be called.
The former president has suggested, without evidence, that massive fraud could be a factor in elections in which candidates he endorses have lost or lagged behind. He has not insinuated fraud in the elections where his candidates won.
Instead of praising Trump, some Republicans have suggested his influence may ultimately be responsible for the lost races and Democrats retaining control of the Senate.
Retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who will be succeeded by Democrat John Fetterman after his victory over Trump-backed Mehmet Oz, described the former president’s influence as “disastrous.”
“I think a huge factor in all of this was Donald Trump’s disastrous role in this whole process,” Toomey said. The Wall Street Journal. “Across the country we see that the MAGA stalwarts have vastly underperformed the more mainstream Republicans, so that’s a big reality that we have to acknowledge.”
Toomey was far from the only high-profile conservative to have lashed out at Trump after the election. Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Sears, the national chairman of the Black Caucus to Re-Elect President Trump in 2020, called Trump “a liability” in a Fox Business interview on Friday. She also urged Trump to “get off the stage” before doing more damage.
Trump has reportedly been warned against following through on a plan to announce a 2024 presidential bid next week, with some arguing that re-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has a better chance of reclaiming the White House for Republicans.
Longtime Trump adviser Jason Miller confirmed that the former president will “announce on Tuesday that he’s running for president” while appearing on The Steve Bannon Show on Friday. war room podcast.
news week has reached out to the Republican National Committee and Trump’s office for comment.