Dem asks Trump: Can you endorse my challenger?

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) mocked President Trump on Wednesday after Republicans lost a widely-watched gubernatorial race in Virginia, with Lieu asking Trump to endorse his GOP challenger.

Lieu noted that the Trump-backed GOP candidate in the Virginia race, Ed Gillespie, lost on Tuesday while the Trump-endorsed candidate Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State ‘certificate of need’ laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (R) also failed to win the GOP Senate primary in Alabama in September.

“Dear failing @realDonaldTrump: Since you have a habit of endorsing losers like Gillespie & Strange, can you also endorse my congressional opponent? Thanks,” Lieu wrote on Twitter.

Lieu also targeted Gillespie, asking the Virginia Republican whether tying his campaign to the president was “worth it” given his defeat to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Tuesday.


“Dear Ed Gillespie: The President threw you under the bus. Many people also think you’re a racist because of racist ads you used. Was running a divisive, bigoted campaign really worth it?” Lieu wrote.

Democrats swept the three major statewide elections in Virginia on Tuesday, as well as winning key races elsewhere around the country. In the governor’s race, Northam defeated Gillespie by nearly 9 points in what was expected to be a close race.

Lieu argued that the wave of Democratic victories Tuesday night opened a path for more wins for the party in the House during the 2018 midterm elections.

“As a Vice Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), I know last night’s wave election will expand the number of seats we are targeting,” Lieu said. “Now is a good time for House Republicans to follow what many of their colleagues have done and retire gracefully.”

“Dear @realDonaldTrump & #GOP Leadership,” he added: “Voters are not stupid. We know you are sabotaging health care. Good luck in Nov 2018.”

Trump sent a tweet Tuesday night blasting Gillespie shortly after networks called the Virginia race for Northam, with the president saying the GOP candidate failed to “embrace me.”

“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!” Trump wrote.