Trump: 'It's a mistake' for Stacey Abrams to run for Senate

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE waded into the 2020 Georgia Senate race on Wednesday, casting doubt on Democrat Stacey Abrams’s chances of beating Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) if she mounts a campaign for his seat.

In an interview with a group of reporters, Trump said it would be a “mistake” for Abrams to enter the 2020 Senate race, because Perdue “will be very hard to beat.”


“I think it’s a mistake for her to run against him because I don’t think she can win,” Trump said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which was among the news outlets included in the interview.

The rebuke came a day after Abrams, the Democratic Party’s 2018 gubernatorial nominee in Georgia, delivered the Democratic rebuttal to Trump’s State of the Union address in which she accused the president of sowing divisions and engineering a partial government shutdown as a political “stunt.”

Since her narrow defeat in Georgia’s gubernatorial race in November, Abrams has been floated as a potential challenger to Perdue, a wealthy former Reebok and Dollar General CEO who is up for reelection in 2020.

Perdue, who was first elected in 2014, is among nearly two dozen GOP senators facing reelection next year.

Democrats hope that shifting demographics in Georgia and an influx of new residents will help them make headway in a state that has been controlled largely by Republicans for more than a decade.

Abrams has been courted aggressively in recent months by Democrats who see her as a top-tier contender to challenge Perdue. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' Democrats vow to push for repeal of other Trump rules after loss on power plant rollback MORE (D-N.Y.) approached her about delivering the Democratic State of the Union rebuttal last month.

Abrams also met separately with Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoLawmakers argue for national Latino museum Democrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Buttigieg plans sharper distinctions with Warren, Sanders MORE (D-Nev.), who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

In his interview Wednesday, Trump raised the notion of Abrams mounting a 2020 White House campaign, saying that he would “love for her to run for president.”

“Why? Because so far I’m liking the candidates and she’d be another one I’d like,” he said. “To run for president you’re supposed to have won, unless you’re a nonpolitician like me. I’d never ran. I’m 1 for 1.”