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

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' MORE (R-La.) said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’s (D) reelection by a narrow margin Saturday did not make President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg 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) WallaceChris Wallace: If I'm Trump, 'I would not be especially pleased' with White House defense Trump: Senate should decide on witnesses; Bolton testimony poses national security risk Trump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' 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.