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Trump makes humiliating GOP loss worse by lying about Marine who won

Trump finally breaks his silence on Conor Lamb’s stunning special election victory in Pennsylvania by lying about the Democrat’s campaign.

By Eric Boehlert - March 15, 2018
Donald Trump 3-15-18

After the White House claimed the GOP’s special election loss in Pennsylvania on Tuesday was “virtually a tie,” while Trump himself remaining silent, a third game plan has emerged.

During a closed-door meeting with donors Wednesday night, Trump flat out lied about the race, and lied about the Democrat who posted a victory in the district Trump won by 20 points 16 months ago.

“The young man last night that ran, he said, ‘Oh, I’m like Trump, Second Amendment, everything. I love the tax cuts, everything.’ He ran on that basis,” Trump announced, according to The Atlantic. “He ran on a campaign that said very nice things about me.”

Running in a deeply conservative district that skews quite old, Conor Lamb, a Marine veteran, did mount a slightly unorthodox Democratic campaign. But the idea that he won because he favored the GOP tax giveaway to billionaires and corporations, or that he spent the campaign season complimenting Trump, is simply false.

Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter from President Barack Obama, neatly summed up Lamb’s politics:

It was Lamb’s Republican opponent, Rick Saccone, who bragged on the campaign trail that he was “Trump before Trump was Trump.”

Lamb, by contrast, wanted nothing to do with Trump’s toxicity.

But in order to justify the special election debacle, Trump is telling friends that the Democrat won because he ran as a Trump-loving candidate.

Not even close.

Lamb’s win is clearly gnawing at Trump, who personally flew to Pennsylvania’s 18th District twice this year to stump for the hapless Saccone. After preemptivelydemanding credit if Republicans won the special election, Trump went uncharacteristically silent on Twitter about the race.

And the Pennsylvania debacle comes after Trump backed another spectacular loser, accused pedophile Roy Moore, in the Alabama special election in December.

This week’s the special election was held to replace Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned in disgrace last year after it was revealed that the right-wing congressman had urged a woman he was having an affair with to have an abortion.

The election should’ve been no contest for the GOP, since the district is rated as an R+11, meaning it tilts very far in favor of Republicans.

In the wake of the GOP’s stunning defeat, election prognosticators are now downgrading Republican chances in even more House races.

How’s Trump going to spin that?

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