As you can imagine Trump was angry last night after the candidate he supported in the Alabama Senate race lost by 10 points. But according to some White House insiders, it wasn’t just because Strange lost, but because he knew it was a mistake to support Strange in the first place:
CNN – Returning from a high-dollar fundraiser in Manhattan on Tuesday evening, an infuriated President Donald Trump watched aboard Air Force One as Fox News called the Alabama Senate primary for Roy Moore against Trump’s favored candidate, Luther Strange.
What ensued was a barrage of angry venting at his political team and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had consolidated establishment GOP support behind Strange.
Trump, officials and informal advisers say, felt misled by McConnell and his political team, who encouraged him to endorse and campaign for Strange.
Even before Strange’s loss on Tuesday, Trump expressed misgivings about getting behind the candidate, who he deemed too “low energy.” Trump fretted the endorsement made him appear weak, cowed by an establishment that he’d openly rebuffed during his own campaign.
His concerns were only exacerbated by the endorsement of Moore by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who made a highly visible push for Moore as the anti-GOP-establishment candidate.
But Trump felt beholden to Strange, who has supported his agenda during his few months in the Senate. His decision, according to a person familiar, was not made entirely at McConnell’s request.
Trump “knew it was a mistake but one he was willing to make because Luther was loyal,” said a senior White House official.
Following Strange’s loss, Trump felt he was proven right and his team had largely failed him.
He went to bed “embarrassed and pissed” following the election loss, according to a person familiar with his mindset. Trump, multiple sources said, is furious with McConnell, and feels outdone by his former aide Bannon.
It is only the latest in growing list of reasons Trump is furious at McConnell.
Trump thought Strange was low energy. LOL! Well he was right!
I actually believe much of this report. I think Trump’s head knew that Strange was not a great candidate to go all in for, but he was torn by his only abiding principle: loyalty. Plus he had Mitch McConnell beckoning on Strange’s behalf. So he went with this heart and not his head and now he’s got egg all over both.
And on top of it all he lost to Bannon, the guy they just ousted.
As an aside….