Retiring GOP lawmaker rips Trump over midterm criticism

Retiring GOP Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloFormer GOP Rep. Costello launches lobbying shop Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts Lobbying world MORE (Pa.) ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE on Wednesday for his criticism of Republican lawmakers who lost their reelection bids, accusing the president of being the reason why Democrats picked up more than two dozen House seats on Tuesday.

Costello, who did not seek another term and saw Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District turn blue on Election Day, wrote that having Trump "piss on [you]" after being responsible for Republican losses was too much.

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"To deal w harassment & filth spewed at GOP MOC’s in tough seats every day for 2 yrs, bc of POTUS; to bite ur lip more times you’d care to; to disagree & separate from POTUS on principle & civility in ur campaign; to lose bc of POTUS & have him piss on u," Costello wrote during Trump's criticism of GOP lawmakers at a White House press conference on Wednesday.

"Angers me to my core," he added.

His tweet came as the president unloaded on GOP lawmakers like Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveFormer GOP lawmaker: Trump's tweets have to stop Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE (Utah) over Republican losses in the House, which he blamed on the unwillingness of some members to embrace him.

“I saw Mia Love, she called me all the time to help her with a hostage situation, being held hostage in Venezuela,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “But Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”

Costello's district voted 58 percent in favor of Chrissy Houlahan (D) on Tuesday despite voting for Costello by nearly the same margin in 2016. The district supported Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Poll: Warren leads Biden in Maine by 12 points MORE (D) over Trump by less than a percentage point in 2016.