Donald Trump still believes that he’s winning, or else he just wants his supporters to believe it. They will believe, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary, and Trump knows it.
As the special elections and primaries ahead of the 2018 midterms roll on, Trump has continuously pressed the idea of a “red wave” to discount the facts of what the polls and the results show are coming. This is not the first time he’s insisted that the GOP is doing well in primaries and special elections, which he does by ignoring larger implications.
In truth, there have been 11 special elections since Trump’s win in 2016. Of those 11, one was for a U.S. Senate seat. Jeff Sessions left his seat in Alabama when Trump nominated his as attorney general, and the long-held Republican state held a special election in which the Trump-endorsed Roy Moore (R) faced Doug Jones (D). Democrats flipped that seat in a state that Trump won by nearly double the votes over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Of the other 10 special elections, all but one have been held in House districts vacated by Republican lawmakers save for California’s 34th district, which Democrats retained handily. One of the GOP-held seats, in Ohio’s 12th district, is yet to be decided since Troy Balderson (R) won by only 1,564 votes but around 8,400 provisional and absentee votes still need to be counted. Trump won that district by 11 points in 2016.
In the eight special elections in GOP-held seats that have been called, Republicans have won seven of them. The one they lost was to Conor Lamb (D), who replaced Rep. Tim Murphy in Pennsylvania. Of those eight, all were in districts that Trump won by a wide margin. Not one Republican candidate has come close to pulling the same numbers Trump did despite running in districts that should never have been battleground districts to begin with.
There is no indication of a red wave. Trump’s presidency and endorsements are not helping any of these candidates. Slowly but surely, the GOP is being dismantled by a rogue president who is doing them absolutely no favors.
Twitter reminded Trump of these facts and many more. See some of their comments below:
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