Trump Lashes Out After GOP Loses Special Election

( – Following the special election in New York’s 3rd Congressional District, former President Donald Trump lashed out at Republicans and the unsuccessful GOP candidate, Mazi Melesa Pilip, blaming her loss on her refusal to seek his endorsement.

Democrat Tom Suozzi emerged victorious on Tuesday, February 13, claiming the seat vacated by former Republican Rep. George Santos, who was expelled because of multiple fraud charges. Suozzi’s win not only shrinks the already slim Republican majority in the House but also boosts the Democratic Party and President Joe Biden ahead of the upcoming elections.

Posting on his Truth Social account, the former president expressed his displeasure, suggesting Pilip’s loss stemmed from her reluctance to seek his endorsement. Despite Pilip’s background as a registered Democrat holding office as a Republican, Trump maintained his significant influence within the GOP, pointing to a high success rate with his endorsements in primaries and general elections. He criticized Pilip for trying to “straddle the fence” instead of aligning with his agenda, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging the strong sentiments of the “MAGA” faction within the Republican Party.

Donald Trump’s involvement in endorsing candidates has been debated, particularly in light of the GOP’s disappointing performance during the 2022 midterms. While Trump claims significant influence, many of his endorsements were for incumbents already favored to win.

As votes were counted, Suozzi secured a comfortable lead over Pilip, garnering nearly eight points more, according to The Associated Press. Pilip, who served in the Israel Defense Forces after migrating from Ethiopia, maintained a distance from Trump throughout her campaign, only recently confirming her vote for him in the 2020 election.

Suozzi, who previously held the congressional seat and distanced himself from President Joe Biden’s campaign, echoed sentiments regarding the age of Trump and Biden, saying that Biden is “too old” for office.

While Pilip’s defeat was a setback for Trump’s influence, Biden’s campaign seized the opportunity to frame the outcome as rejecting Trump’s agenda. Biden’s campaign manager, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, linked Pilip’s loss to Trump’s “extreme agenda,” highlighting voters’ preference for Biden’s leadership focused on progress and unity.

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