With the official vote tally unpublished and the liberal candidate refusing to concede, Democrats are already blaming a host of external factors for an apparent defeat in Tuesday’s Ohio special election; claiming Russia and the Green Party led to the GOP victory.
Liberals and left-leaning supporters across the country took to Twitter to slam the Kremlin and the third-party candidate just hours after Trump-backed Troy Balderson declared a narrow victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor.
You know what sucks?
Because of our unwillingness to pass policy that protects our election integrity, I immediately think the Green Party votes tonight are Russian meddling.
Why else would anyone cast a protest vote in Ohio when there’s so much at stake?#OH12
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 8, 2018
ATTENTION GREEN PARTY THIS is for YOU. ???????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/hKGwyF39lq
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 8, 2018
“Hi. I’m a Green Party voter. I love the environment so damn much I keep accidentally electing climate-change deniers who are owned by the fossil fuel industry. Do I get a cookie now for being a nonconformist?”
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 8, 2018
The President hailed Balderson’s special election victory on social media Tuesday night, saying he will “win big” when he defends his House seat this November.
MAGA IN OHIO: Trump-Backed GOP Candidate WINS Special Election
The Trump-backed GOP candidate in Ohio’s special election claimed victory Tuesday night; reportedly defeating his Democratic challenger and denying liberal lawmakers an additional seat in the House of Representatives.
The President campaigned hard for Republican State Senator Troy Balderson in the days leading up to this week’s special election; promoting the candidate as Democrats hoped a landslide victory would signal disaster for the GOP heading into the 2018 midterms.
“When I decided to go to Ohio for Troy Balderson, he was down in early voting 64 to 36. That was not good. After my speech on Saturday night, there was a big turn for the better. Now Troy wins a great victory during a very tough time of the year for voting. He will win BIG in Nov,” tweeted Trump.
When I decided to go to Ohio for Troy Balderson, he was down in early voting 64 to 36. That was not good. After my speech on Saturday night, there was a big turn for the better. Now Troy wins a great victory during a very tough time of the year for voting. He will win BIG in Nov.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2018
The unofficial vote has Balderson with 101,574 votes and his challenger O’Connor wit 99,820; a razor thin difference of just 1,754 votes.
MORE EXCUSES: Hillary Trashes ‘MADDENING’ Electoral College for 2016 Loss
Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton found another excuse for her 2016 defeat to Donald Trump this week, this time slamming the “maddening” and “troubling” electoral college for her election disaster.
The former Secretary of State was speaking at Harvard University when she predictably re-hashed her 2016 race for the White House; this time blasting the “odd system” she believes cost her the presidency.
“I know this is another really obvious thing to say. Vote in every election, not just presidential elections,” Clinton said. “You know, it is maddening because one of the panelists said we get the government that we vote for. Now, we have this odd system with the Electoral College.”
“It’s a little troubling… But nevertheless, we’ve got it. I’ve been against it, by the way, since 2000,” Clinton added. “Not that you need to know that … I have been, because I just think it is absolutely contrary to ‘one person, one vote.'”
Watch Clinton’s comments above.