President Trump has been encouraging Republicans for elections, trying to regain the voting fervor that subsided after domestic terror attacks.
“I tell you we have gotten tremendous numbers, tremendous numbers of Republicans going out to vote,” he said at a recent rally.
“We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible because for seven days nobody talked about the elections. It stopped a tremendous momentum,” Trump stated in reference to a serial mail bomber who targeted his critics and another psychopath that killed 11 in a shooting of synagogue.
He did clarify that his heart was with the victims and it was not an issue to take lightly.
“More importantly, we have to take care of our people, and we don’t care about momentum when it comes to a disgrace like just happened to our country,” Trump said. “But it did nevertheless stop a certain momentum, and now the momentum is picking up.”
However there were still those who accused the president of being callous or insensitive. Like Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts.
“Donald Trump is worried about losing momentum going into midterms as opposed to, you know, the victims,” Watts tweeted.
Criticism aside, Trump was impressed by the early turnout of the election so far and spoke of historic turnout.
“These are the midterms. Nobody thought of the midterms as being that big a deal for years,” Trump said. “For years, nobody thought of the midterms. You know, you hear midterms, it’s like ‘let’s go to sleep,’ right?”
Which is true. The New York Times reports that 18 states have already passed the recorded turnout for 2014.