Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Donald Trump is washing his hands of the defeat of the Republican Party in tomorrow’s midterm elections. The GOP is expected to lose the House of the Representatives to the Democrats.
As of Sunday, Democrats held a 7 point advantage ahead of midterms. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Democrats leading by seven percentage points — 50 percent to 43 percent — among likely voters.
Trump, however, is arrogating unto himself credit for the GOP retaining control of the Senate.
Trump yesterday admitted Democrats will win control of the House. But in true Trumpian fashion, Trump said he’s not to blame for his party’s impending defeat at the polls. He also said the midterms aren’t a referendum on him and his policies.
Many of these policies (such as the trade war with the world) are controversial while others are divisive, such as his resorting to racism to abuse a migrant caravan of poverty stricken Central American wending its way towards Texas.
Trump distanced himself from the fate of House Republican candidates yesterday to focus the final two days of campaigning on helping Republican Senate and gubernatorial candidates, many of whom are locked in tight races with Democrats.
Trump all but acknowledged to his party’s defeat in the House by not campaigning for any Republican candidate. Instead, he said “my primary focus has been on the Senate, and I think we’re doing really well in the Senate.” The GOP is expected to retain its hold on the Senate, according to polls.
Political analysts said Trump’s comments are the clearest indication Trump has grown more pessimistic about the GOP’s chances of retaining control of the House.
An inveterate lover of adoring crowds, Trump stumped at solidly Red State Georgia and Tennessee over the weekend. Trump again turned to fearmongering and outright racism to slam the Democrat’s alleged support for the migrant caravan set to reach the United States in Decemeber.
Campaigning for the Republican senate candidate in Tennessee, Trump once again warned Republicans that caravans of immigrants will flood across the southern border. “That’s an invasion. I don’t care what they say,” said Trump to cheers from his right-wing admirers.
At a rally in Georgia, Trump again attacked the migrant caravan marching toward the U.S.-Mexico border as an “invasion.” He bragged about the strength of the American economy and told Republicans they should vote Democrat if they want to see Georgia’s prosperity end.
Trump dismissed the idea the midterms are a referendum on his presidency and that a victory by the Democrats in the House is a resounding repudiation of him and his policies. But Trump said he would have been responsible if the GOP retained control in the Senate while refusing to admit to being responsible for his party’s defeat in the House.
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