Tapper blasts Trump for calling out GOP lawmakers who didn't embrace him: 'That's how gangsters act'

Tapper blasts Trump for calling out GOP lawmakers who didn't embrace him: 'That's how gangsters act'
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CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Wednesday compared President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE to "gangsters" after he called out the midterm election losses of Republicans he said didn't "embrace" him.

"I’ve never seen a president take delight in people of his own party losing. And the only thing I can compare that to is some of the works of Francis Ford Coppola or Martin Scorsese," Tapper said on CNN.


"That’s how gangsters act. The idea that you’re not loyal to them and then therefore you deserve the punishment," Tapper added.

During a press conference Wednesday from the White House, Trump singled out several Republicans who either lost in Tuesday's midterms or were likely to lose, including Reps. Mike Coffman (Colo.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Barbara Comstock (Va.) and Mia Love (Utah).

"Too bad, Mike," the president said about Coffman, who was defeated by Democratic challenger Jason Crow.

"Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveElection Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP Election Countdown: Hyde-Smith's 'public hanging' joke shakes up Mississippi runoff | New lawsuits in Florida | Trump wants Florida election official fired | Mia Love sues to stop Utah vote count | Republican MacArthur loses NJ House race Mia Love suing to stop vote count in Utah MORE gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that Mia," Trump said of the Utah lawmaker.

Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockVirginia New Members 2019 Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president GOP lawmaker defends Mia Love from Trump attacks: 'I was disgusted when I heard it' MORE was another one,” he also said. “I think she could have won that race, but she didn’t want to have an embrace. For that, I don’t blame her.”

Tapper said that Trump "danced on their graves" in appearing to take satisfaction in the losses of those candidates.

"He said because they didn’t embrace him, they lost. And he was flip about it," Tapper said.