The attendee shared the president’s words on condition of anonymity as the event was a closed-door rally. It took place before the last presidential debate between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.
The president – in a sentiment not shared by many senior officials and strategists in his party – said he instead believed Republicans “will take over the House.” And many strategists involved in the Senate races say the party’s chances of keeping the chamber are undermined by the president’s unscripted and divisive rhetoric and his poor poll results in key states.
Senate Republicans have known for days that the likelihood of the party losing control of the upper house has risen dramatically, even Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Has set his attempt to hold power at “50”. -50 ”in a recent radio. interview. Some strategists say that between Trump’s clumsy response to the pandemic, which has killed at least 224,000 Americans, his disastrous performance in the first debate, and the White House’s outbreak of coronavirus infections, the battlefield continues to move in favor of Democrats – and that Trump hasn’t always been helpful.
Jesse Hunt, a spokesperson for the Republican National Senate Committee, rebuffed the idea that Trump is not supporting some Republicans in the Senate.
“The Republican-led Senate and President Trump have had an excellent partnership over the past four years, evidenced by the fact that the chamber is set to confirm a third candidate for Trump’s Supreme Earl in the coming days. Hunt said on Saturday. “Nancy Pelosi has turned the House into a Liberal nightmare and if Chuck Schumer takes control of the Senate, he will do the same.
Republicans hold a 53-47 majority. Democrats must win three seats if Biden wins the presidency to claim control of the Senate.
Initially, the Republicans had broken down their map into two levels. Their most vulnerable frontline members are Sens. Susan Collins from Maine, Cory Gardner from Colorado, Martha McSally from Arizona and Thom Tillis from North Carolina. Democrats and Republicans recently cut spending in Colorado, which is seen as a likely victory for former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The second line, which Republicans called their “firewall,” are Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in Georgia, and Steve Daines in Montana.
But even the GOP’s “firewall” has started to crumble, with Republicans pretty sure they’ll be competing to win the second round in Georgia in January, for example. What’s more, Republicans suddenly find themselves scrambling to save once-secure seats, including Trump’s main ally, Senator Lindsey O. Graham (SC), who is widely outraged by Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison. Graham should always win, according to South Carolina political watchers.
Republican Party donors have rallied in some places to try to save the Senate, fearing a Democratic Party that controls the House, Senate and White House.
“Donors are increasingly worried that we risk losing the Senate,” said Dan Eberhart, a donor who has donated to a range of candidates over the years.
With Democrats vastly overestimating their GOP incumbents across the country, this seems like an increasingly difficult battle for Republicans. Even a last-minute scandal enveloping a Democratic candidate, Cal Cunningham, did not condemn his candidacy; Most North Carolina voters see the seat as the tipping point for Senate control.
Earlier this month, Cunningham admitted to sending sexual texts to a woman who was not his wife. A second report revealing the infidelity of the Iraq war veteran, who presented himself as a moral leader, negatively impacted his personal favorability ratings.
Trump has expressed optimism about Tillis’ chances in North Carolina.
“I think Tillis is coming back in this one because his opponent ended up having more business than what you’re allowed to have at once,” Trump said.
Trump also said he was happy with Tommy Tuberville’s chances in Alabama against Sen. Doug Jones (D). Republicans and Democrats expect the Republican to win the seat in the GOP-leaning state.
“We’re going to take Alabama. We got rid of Jeff Sessions. Thank God. It was the worst. I would have preferred the Democrat in his place. It wouldn’t have been too good, ”Trump said, before switching to his fake voice as a TV presenter. “The president just approved a Democrat.”
He never named Tuberville and indicated that he didn’t know much about him, focusing on his football history. Tuberville was the head coach of the University of Mississippi, Auburn, Texas Tech, and the University of Cincinnati.
“You have a very good coach, a very good coach actually. Urban Meyer said he would not only be a good politician, but also a great coach. He is the only one to have beaten Urban Meyer twice. It’s rather good. We should call him soon.
Meyer also had a long career in college football and was the Ohio State head coach.
Trump said he “worked, called and tweeted” for some members. Some senators have moved further and further away from Trump and his inflammatory rhetoric in recent weeks.
McSally was recently evasive in a debate when asked if she was proud of her support for Trump. Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.) Muted criticism of Trump’s handling of the pandemic, saying he “let his guard down” and “got out on his skis” while downplaying the threat of the coronavirus.
The harshest criticism came from Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Who, during a call with voters, said Trump mistreats women, flirts with white supremacy and secretly pokes fun at evangelicals. In response, Trump lashed out at Sasse.
Not a single House Republican predicts the party will win seats on November 3. Rather, the House GOP conference is bracing for a possible internal struggle for leadership if they lose seats to Democrats. GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), In a recent interview with Politico, attempted to suggest that it wouldn’t be his fault if Pelosi (D-Calif.), Speaker of the House, was in able to expand its majority. Other lawmakers are privately discussing whether someone should challenge McCarthy for not singling out House Republicans off the top of the ticket.
During the fundraiser, Trump lamented he was unable to send federal forces to some of the cities that have been torn apart by violence and protests this summer.
“Unless it’s a strict emergency, we’re not allowed in. We’re going to find more and more emergencies,” Trump said.
Trump also criticized the news media, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee that led the Trump impeachment inquiry, and the obsession of some Democrats to discuss Russian disinformation – comments that match he said recently at public gatherings.
There were no difficult questions, said the participant. Trump was widely praised by those in attendance for his work on the coronavirus pandemic and his efforts to tackle the “medical swamp,” in the words of one guest.
Tickets for the private fundraiser cost up to $ 250,000.