Ellis: Don't let media downplay 'red trickle' that made waves

Ellis: Don't let media downplay 'red trickle' that made waves

Ellis: Don't let media downplay 'red trickle' that made waves

The midterm elections are being viewed by both Republicans and Democrats as more of a torrential downpour than the predicted “red tsunami,” but a well-known conservative voice says to ignore media reports that are downplaying good news and good signs.

Talking about the elections results on the “Sandy Rios in the Morning” radio program, attorney and talk show host Jenna Ellis said much of the media wants conservatives to be “discouraged” because the Election Day results didn’t match the predictions.

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At the same time many disappointed Republicans are scrutinizing the failed “red wave” on Election Day, a Democrat who struggled to think and speak is being touted as a future commander in chief.

On a post-election panel at MSNBC, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur suggested John Fetterman should run for president because of how well he did in the “super red, deep-red parts” of Pennsylvania.

Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May, defeated Republican candidate Mehmet Oz even after the state's lieutenant governor struggled to speak coherently during their only televised debate.

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“I-I-I do support fracking,” Fetterman said during the debate, flipflopping from his previous stance. “And I don’t…I don’t…I support fracking and I stand…and I do support fracking.”

Reacting to Tur’s comment, Nicholas Fondacaro of Newsbusters says the liberal correspondent has a history of making “wacky comments” that raise eyebrows after she speaks.

As far as the race itself, Fondacaro says it revealed the issue of "candidate quality" and he suspects Republicans are doing a lot of soul searching over TV celebrity Oz emerging as the GOP nominee.

“I think we can actually be very encouraged that a lot of headway was made,” Ellis insisted, beginning with a focus on election integrity that concerned conservatives after the 2020 election. Ellis represented Donald Trump’s re-election campaign after the controversial 2020 election, and those allegations of rampant voter fraud committed by Democrats forced many state legislatures to tighten and improve voting laws.

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In the radio interview, Ellis pointed out another positive outcome: the U.S. House is expected to flip to Republican control, as predicted, after GOP candidates won numerous races, and flipped several seats, across the country. That GOP victory, in fact, is getting very little attention in media reports considering GOP control would mean sending Speaker Nancy Pelosi back to California.

It would also mean hitting the brakes on President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda that was already facing opposition in the 50-50 U.S. Senate.

In the House, 218 is the minimum number to have control of the House and elect the powerful House Speaker representing your political party. The current split is 221 Democrat seats and 212 Republican seats, with two vacancies. Republicans were predicted to gain control, and are still predicted to do so, but that final tally could be narrower than the “red wave” prediction.

In another example, Ellis said fears or a "red wave" forced Democrats to spend campaign money in Kathy Hochul's race for New York governor.

“That turned out to almost be an upset,” Ellis said of that race.

Republican Lee Zeldin faced an uphill effort to become New York’s next governor but Democrats witnessed the underdog GOP candidate surge in the final weeks before Election Day. Zeldin wisely appealed to New York City’s liberal voters who are disgusted by rampant crime in their city. Hochul downplayed the crime issue and accused Zeldin of fear-mongering, even when crime tape went up outside his home after a shooting that sent her children fleeing to a closet.

New Yorkers cast 5.6 million ballots in a race in which Hochul defeated Zeldin by 324,000 votes. That win came after her campaign spent $46 million versus $18 million by her Republican opponent.

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“So I think the bottom line here,” Ellis concluded, “is this is not just the red trickle that the mainstream media is making it out to be.”

Ellis called in to the AFR program in an informal introduction to the early-morning national audience. Rios announced this week she is stepping back from the daily morning show after 10 years on the air, and Ellis will replace her beginning January 2.

Ellis will continue hosting her podcast, "The Jenna Ellis Show," for Salem Media.

Rios, whose last day on the air was Nov. 11, is transitioning to a less-demanding online program, "Sandy Rios 24-7."