- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Conservative commentator Mark Steyn says Democrats came away empty-handed in Georgia’s special election because the party as a whole is obsessed with “deep state dinner theater.”

Georgia Republican Karen Handel stunned challenger Jon Ossoff with a 52 percent to 48 percent victory in Atlanta’s suburbs Tuesday night. Mr. Ossoff’s campaign spent more than $30 million in the losing effort, which Mr. Steyn said is somewhat attributable to the party’s fixation on the president’s associates and Russia.

“The guy won the election fair and square, and to make him a Russian agent, to make him a candidate for impeachment, to put him under investigation for obstruction of justice — from day one or in fact, from November 9th — it just hasn’t been fair,” the pundit told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning.

The New York Times bestselling author said voters are skittish about a party that peddles stories about Mr. Trump and Russia.

“It’s all nonsense,” Mr. Steyn said, Mediaite reported. “Everybody knows that Russia is just deep state dinner theater that absolutely means nothing to anyone with a life.”

The president, who did not shy away from sending out endorsements for Mrs. Handel prior to the election, praised her for the victory.

“Congratulations to Karen Handel on her big win in Georgia 6th. Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!” he tweeted.

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