Desperate to see the Kentucky gubernatorial election as a sign of what lies ahead in 2020 for President Donald Trump, the liberal media is ignoring all relevant context — as usual — to pin incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s apparent loss on Trump.
And, in what amounts to a double-edged sword, any effort to call attention to facts on the ground were jumped on as throwing the Republican under the bus — there were unique candidate problems with Bevin, and he ran against a candidate whose father was once governor in the state, well establishing the family name.
Donald Trump Jr., who is currently promoting his book “Triggered,” addressed the media spin during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
In the segment, Ingraham pointed out some of the obstacles Bevin was straddled with, to include being named the least popular governor in the U.S. over the summer in a Morning Consult survey, before asking Trump’s eldest son to respond to the media spin on results.
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“It’s the soundbites we’re so used to, any opportunity to try to take a swipe,” Trump Jr. replied. “I like Matt Bevin, he’s been a friend of mine, a good guy, he has picked a lot of battles, he’s teed off on a lot of people in Kentucky, that’s not always popular. We understand how that works.”
As for the blue wave that the media was eager to run with, the GOP swept all other key state-wide races in Kentucky, which Trump Jr. noted.
“They don’t talk about the rest of the Republican ticket sweeping,” he said. “They don’t talk about the first African-American attorney general, who happens to be Republican, elected. They don’t mention Trump helped propel those guys to those places.”
Trump Jr. didn’t mince words in saying that Bevin created problems for himself — a well established fact.
“Like I said, I think he has done a good job, but Matt Bevin has picked some fights, but this has nothing to do with Trump. [Republicans] swept the rest of the ticket, did great in Mississippi, et cetera, et cetera, the other election today,” he said.
“The two don’t really have that much to do with each other,” Trump Jr. concluded, meaning that Bevin coming up short was not brought on by his father.
In fact, given all the circumstances, the results in Kentucky may be a testament to the power of President Trump.
That’s according to Ingraham, who offered that assessment in a separate segment, after noting that the difference in the race at that point was 4,300 votes.
“Think about that,” she said. “We had Matt Bevin, who had about a 32 percent approval rating back in July — Trump comes into town, and Trump gets this thing tied up at 49-49. That’s who brought the race this close.”
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“If Trump hadn’t come into town, I can tell you it would have happened,” she added. “This race would probably have been a 10-point race for the Democrats. Again, I want to repeat this for everybody who might be freaking out … in the state of Kentucky, we had a very unpopular governor, God bless him. He was very unpopular, took on some big fights with the teachers union, and Trump comes in and he made this race as competitive as you can possibly make it. That is the power of Donald Trump. Anyone thinking anything differently tonight isn’t being honest with the way the electoral map works, or what happened down ballot.”
After noting the GOP successes in the state, Ingraham concluded by saying that the opposition party will still celebrate their win.
“Democrats are going to celebrate. Of course, you have to expect that, they’re going to celebrate on a night like this, anytime a Republican governor goes down,” she said.
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