President Donald Trump lamented during a campaign rally Thursday that “two maniacs” — the pipe bomb mailer and Pittsburgh synagogue shooter — derailed Republican momentum in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections.
"We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections," Trump said during an event to support Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley. "It stopped a tremendous momentum."
Trump swiftly followed up with concern for those who were targeted and lost their lives, but then just as quickly returned to the momentum issue:
"More importantly, we have to take care of our people, and we don't care about momentum when it comes to a disgrace like just happened to our country. But it did nevertheless stop a certain momentum, and now the momentum is picking up."