Former President Donald Trump attributed the Republican defeat in the Kentucky governor’s race to what he described as “the stench” of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Governor Andy Beshear, a Democrat, secured re-election on Tuesday, defeating Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron in a state Trump had won by a significant margin of 26 percentage points in 2020.
Despite Trump’s backing and support from Kentucky’s two Republican Senators, McConnell and Rand Paul, Cameron failed to secure victory. Trump expressed his opinion on the matter via Truth Social on Wednesday morning.
In his post, Trump stated, “Daniel Cameron lost because he couldn’t alleviate the stench of Mitch McConnell. I told him [Cameron] early that’s a big burden to overcome. McConnell and [Utah Sen. Mitt] Romney are Kryptonite for Republican Candidates. I moved him up 25 Points, but the McConnell relationship was ‘too much to bear.'”
Trump contrasted this with the success of Tate Reeves in Mississippi, attributing Reeves’ victory to his own involvement. Reeves triumphed over his opponent, Brandon Presley, despite Presley’s well-funded campaign and determined effort to secure a rare Democratic statewide victory in the deeply conservative Deep South.
Mississippi has been under Republican leadership for the past two decades, and Trump congratulated Reeves on his win.