Scalise: Louisiana defeat doesn't make Trump 'look bad'

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseFox's Chris Wallace calls out Trump for the 'most sustained assault on freedom of the press' in US history McCarthy: I don't think there's a need to whip the impeachment vote GOP calls for minority hearing on impeachment, threatens procedural measures MORE (R-La.) said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’s (D) reelection by a narrow margin Saturday did not make President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE “look bad” after Trump visited the state three times in support of Republican candidate Eddie Rispone.

“What he said was he'd be made to look bad whether he came in the state or not. Eddie Rispone made up about a 22-point disadvantage over the last month because of President Trump's involvement. So Eddie Rispone was at about 27 in the primary. He ended up at 49,” Scalise told Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Fox's Chris Wallace calls out Trump for the 'most sustained assault on freedom of the press' in US history Comey, Schiff to be interviewed by Fox's Chris Wallace MORE on “Fox News Sunday.”


“So clearly President Trump's involvement made a big difference at helping close that massive gap, and, look, the governor's polling showed he was above 50 before President Trump first started getting involved. That forced a runoff,” Scalise added. Trump did not make an endorsement in the primary, urging supporters to vote for either Rispone or his competitor, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.). No candidate achieved a simple majority, forcing the Nov. 16 runoff election.

Rispone polled at 27 percent against Abraham in Louisiana’s jungle primary rather than in head-to-head polling against Edwards. Most polling conducted after the Oct. 12 primary showed Rispone and Edwards within 2 points of each other. Trump and Scalise both stumped for Rispone at a Thursday rally.

Trump offered a similar explanation after incumbent Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) was defeated in his reelection bid by Kentucky Attorney General Andrew Beshear (D) earlier this month.

"@MattBevin picked up at least 15 points in last days, but perhaps not enough (Fake News will blame Trump!)," Trump tweeted after the Kentucky vote.