Speed Reads

2018 midterms

Trump runs through list of Republicans who lost because they didn't like him enough

After Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterms, President Trump seems to have found his scapegoat.

Trump devoted several minutes of his post-midterms news conference Wednesday to running through a list of Republicans he suggested lost their races because they didn't sufficiently embrace him. This prepared list of Republicans included Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), who is currently several points behind her Democratic opponent, Ben McAdams, but whose race has not actually been called yet.

"Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost," Trump said.

Trump also named Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), and New Jersey GOP Senate candidate Bob Hugin among others, saying that these candidates decided "for their own reasons" to distance themselves from him and suffered for it. Even though these losses resulted in Democrats taking the House, Trump said he's "not sure that I should be happy or sad" about them and said he "feels just fine about it." Brendan Morrow