The Wall Street Journal editorial board is accusing President Donald Trump of sabotaging Republicans’ chances of winning the Georgia Senate runoffs with his push for $2,000 stimulus checks, because he is angry about his election defeat.
The conservative paper charges that Trump of putting Senate Republicans in a political spot, calling it an “in-kind contribution to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden.”
“Senate Republicans oppose the $2,000 for these sound reasons, but Mr. Trump has put them in a political spot. Democrats immediately joined Mr. Trump’s call for the $2,000, and on Monday they passed the larger amount through the House, 275-134,” the WSJ editorial board wrote.
“That leaves Mr. McConnell with a tough call of barring a vote as Democrats bang away in TV ads in Georgia against GOP incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Or he can hold a vote, which would split the GOP caucus and upset fiscally conservative voters.”
“By all accounts, Mr. Trump is angry about his election defeat, and he is lashing out at anyone who won’t indulge his hopeless campaign to overturn it. … Mr. Trump’s narcissism isn’t news. But if Republicans lose the two Georgia seats and their majority, Republicans across the country should know to thank Mr. Trump for their 2021 tax increase.”
The blistering editorial piece from a conservative newspaper comes one day after the New York Post said Trump is “cheering for an undemocratic coup” with his efforts to overturn the election he lost.
Both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, like other Rupert Murdoch-owned media outlets such as Fox News — have traditionally been favorable to Trump.