Last night, Republican Karen Handel pulled off a relatively comfortable victory in the runoff special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District to fill the House seat vacated by HHS Secretary Tom Price. The election was the most expensive House race in history and was seen by many as a potential referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency.
Appearing on Fox Business this morning, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said that one lesson learned from the GOP’s win was that Trump should just allow his agenda to do the talking and to stay off Twitter.
“Over the last seven months, no one has gotten worse media coverage, worse press, had more things going against him than President Trump and yet, President Trump won the Georgia district I think by less than two percent last November,” King noted. “Last night, Karen Handel won it by four points so she doubled his victory margin.”
The New York lawmaker went on to explain that the reason he believes Handel outperformed Trump in the district is that voters aren’t responding to Democrats’ anti-Trump tactics and therefore the president should take notice.
“It shows people are fed up with the Democrats just attacking and attacking, attacking the president, and also, it should send a signal to the president not to react to negative publicity, just go forward,” he said. “Don’t bother tweeting, just go ahead with your agenda and your program.”
Of course, this is easier said than done. While POTUS was relatively low-key last night on Twitter after Handel won, this morning he used the results to go after Democrats, gloat about the victory, and rail against “all the fake news.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox Business.
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