Election 2018

Report: Trump Preparing to Pat Himself on the Back No Matter What

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If Democrats retake control of the House of Representatives tomorrow, will the media frame it as a repudiation of Trump himself?

I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that Trump doesn't want to see it covered that way. According to Politico, Trump and his aides are planning to virtually ignore the House and focus on defending control of the Senate if Democrats regain control of the former.

In public and private, Trump and advisers are pointing to the president’s surge of campaigning on behalf of Republican Senate candidates — 19 rallies alone since Labor Day — as evidence that nobody else could have had a bigger impact in the states. The argument is classic Trump, who despite making the midterms a referendum on his own presidency, has a history of personalizing and then dwelling on his victories while distancing himself and diverting attention from his losses.

Should Republicans pick up Senate seats, “that’s all they’ll talk about,” said Barry Bennett, a presidential adviser on Trump’s 2016 campaign. “That’s where the math is in our favor.”

While it is somewhat unlikely that Democrats will regain control of both chambers, the Senate does not appear to be as far out of reach for Democrats today as it did just a few weeks ago.

It's on everyone reading this to vote and to tell your friends and family to vote. High turnout can make all the difference in close races that may be decided by razor thin margins. That includes Senate races.

I'm looking at you, Texas. I'm looking at Tennessee, Missouri, Arizona, Nevada, and all the others. Ignore the polls and vote.

  • muselet

    If Donald Trump and his advisers are going to crow about saving the Senate for the R—and, let us not forget, the Ds only ever had an outside chance of picking up enough seats to flip the Senate—the internal polling must be pretty grim.

    Good.

    –alopecia

  • David Greenberg

    How many different ways can you say asshole? My family all voted early. Good luck to us all. Hard to not worry about chicanery by the Russians at the polls.

  • Aynwrong

    Of course he is. It’s all he knows how to do.