Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said that the GOP should find a leader that doesn’t focus on being a “victim”. This was a criticism of former President Trump, who repeatedly called himself a “victim” during the announcement of his next presidential campaign on Tuesday night.
Pompeo took to Twitter to say that this was the time to find a serious leader and to look forward instead of focusing on “the rearview mirror claiming victimhood.”
While Pompeo did not mention Trump explicitly, his comments came only a few hours after Trump’s speech. During the speech at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida Trump had said, “I’m a victim, I will tell you. I’m a victim.”
Trump had been teasing the announcement that he would make a third run for the White House for months. A day before the disappointing midterm results he had also said that he would have a big announcement a week later. However, after the “red wave” failed to materialize many Republicans began to criticize and turn their back on Trump, as many of his endorsed candidates failed to win the election.
The Senate elections were won by the Democrats, while the Republicans managed to flip the House but only with a narrow majority.