More Trump Derangement in Media Coverage of Kentucky Election

Wes Messamore @thehuli
November 6, 2019 18:00 UTC
  • Republican Matt Bevin loses Kentucky governorship to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear.
  • Trump’s effort to boost unpopular Republican state leader is being twisted by the media again.
  • Despite what mainstream media has to say, Tuesday’s election was not about Trump; it was about Bevin’s shortcomings as Governor.

The Kentucky election result is all on Governor Matt Bevin, despite Trump’s best efforts to boost the unpopular Republican state leader.

After Bevin’s narrow loss to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear Tuesday, the mainstream national press has taken to one of its favorite pastimes. That is forcing a national narrative onto local and state races when it doesn’t make any sense to.

The lede on CNN Politics Wednesday morning was:

“Democrats were celebrating Tuesday night, while President Donald Trump and Republicans were left to explain why they were behind in one of the reddest states in the nation.”

Meanwhile the first words of Politico’s story are “President Donald Trump,” and the headline refers to the Kentucky election result as “his failure.”

Even Business Insider is reporting that “Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News teamed up to absolve Trump” as if Bevin’s election night defeat was the president’s fault.

Just More Trump Derangement Syndrome

The mainstream media always does this. The press loves to shoe-horn a national perspective (and political agenda) into a local or state race. It’s one of the mainstream media’s many obnoxious and “untruthy” tendencies.

They even said Roy Moore’s 2017 defeat in Alabama was about Trump.

The New York Times reported the Alabama Senate race results thusly: “Doug Jones strikes a blow against Donald Trump…” The Guardian called it “a major blow to Trump.” These are serious fudges, but the Washington Post’s Politics editors straight up lied about Donald Trump when they printed:

“Democrat Doug Jones has won the special election to fill a Senate seat in Alabama, according to exit polls and returns – a shocking upset in a solidly Republican state, in which massive turnout among African American voters helped defeat a candidate enthusiastically backed by President Trump.”

Donald Trump was an unambiguously, unequivocally reluctant backer of Roy Moore’s Senate campaign, and only to maintain Republican control of the U.S. Senate. Trump endorsed Moore’s opponent, Luther Strange, even before the Washington Post revealed Moore’s history of sexual abuse of minors.

Trump didn’t even want Moore to win the Republican Primary. If the Alabama GOP had listened to Trump in the first place, there would be a Republican sitting in that Senate seat today, not Doug Jones.

You know the mainstream media has a problem forcing local politics into a national narrative unhinged by Trump derangement syndrome when a guy can’t even lose a Senate race for serial child molesting in the ’70s without the media making it about voters getting tired of Trump’s Twitter antics or something.

What The Kentucky Race Was Really About

It’s also just plain ridiculous for the media to insinuate that Kentuckians voted for Andy Beshear as some kind of Bluegrass “Blue Wave” in a rebuke to Donald Trump. Kentuckians love Trump. He carried the state by a 30 point margin in 2016.

Tuesday night was not about Trump. It was about Matt Bevin. He was going to cut welfare benefits to Kentuckians. That’s why he lost. Don’t be surprised; a lot of people wearing MAGA hats are on welfare. You can tell just by looking at some of them, but if you don’t think that counts, here’s actual data from Bloomberg on it.

Here’s progressive news outlet, Vox’s more sober analysis of the Kentucky election result:

“Bevin remained an extremely unpopular governor. He threatened to cut Medicaid expansion in the state, which would have likely pushed about 400,000 people off their health insurance.”

If you click through to the Vox article, you’ll find a lot of other shockingly bad missteps Bevin made during this race. Andy Beshear was also hardly a long shot challenger in the first place. He comes from a powerful Kentucky family. His father was a two-term Kentucky governor during the Obama years.

And the rest of Kentucky’s elections went the Republicans’ way. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even made history in the Bluegrass state by getting his protege (possibly his replacement in the Senate when he retires) elected as Kentucky’s new attorney general.

Daniel Cameron is the first black candidate ever elected attorney general in Kentucky. And he’s the first Republican to win the office in 70 years. There’s your real national angle on Kentucky.

This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.

Last modified: November 6, 2019 18:04 UTC

Wes Messamore @thehuli

Living in Nashville, Tennessee, United States (since 2001). Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University in 2009 (majored in Entrepreneurship). Organized Senator Rand Paul's first and second online fundraisers in 2009. Got the highest-paying non-profit internship in Washington DC in 2010. Roving editor for the Independent Voter Network. Applying economic principles, I accurately predicted the effect of cannabis legalization on drug-related violent crime in 2010. Email me | Follow Me on Twitter (followed by: fmr Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), fmr NM Gov. Gary Johnson, and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY))