The President is here again to promote his own party, though in a wide-ranging interview with Axios, he also made a handful of criticisms about Democrats – including a shot at Stacey Abrams.
We’re just breaking: President Trump says he has “no issue” with Stacey Abrams, who lost the race for Georgia governor. But he says “she has to come out” and support him. — Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) January 8, 2021
Democrats are certainly going to be watching how the Stacey Abrams situation plays out – Abrams ran as a non-partisan opponent to Brian Kemp – and Trump’s comments could be seen as a shot at her but also are part of a larger trend of Trump — who’s campaigned for Republicans around the country in the past few months — trying to distinguish himself from what he sees as his party’s overreach during the heat of a heated election.
Trump’s focus on Democrats actually comes ahead of Wednesday’s speech to the nation from the White House. Tuesday night, Trump had boasted he’d invited Democrats to come to the Oval Office to sit down with him at least 18 times in the past year. The 2020 race has been a primary focus for the President for years – and he has launched or re-launched countless policy proposals and emails touting his agenda for the country. But he’s also talked about his disagreements with Democrats, too.
It’s not clear if the comments Trump made about Stacey Abrams will result in a boycott of the White House event. When North Carolina’s gubernatorial election was declared too close to call, Trump cast doubt on its results, saying he’d “never heard of a race this close. It’s not like there were Republicans that were protecting Democrats or vice versa. It was one way or the other.”
Expect these comments to be replayed to the tune of Beyonce’s Super Bowl chorus.