After the US midterm elections, Republicans are sweeping up the pieces they blame Donald Trump for. He rejects any responsibility for the meager result. No wonder.
Some said like this, others like that. donald trump said: “Yesterday was a great day, an incredible day.”
Republicans made history, exceeded expectations, almost won a “complete victory.” “We saw last night how candidates I supported achieved tremendous success,” like Trump. In contrast to those who would not have sought to close ranks with him in these “incredible midterm elections”. Turning to her: “Goodbye!”
That was in 2018. Four years ago, the then US President celebrated a triumph that was not necessarily one. the republican lost their majority in the House of Representatives and some key governorships. In addition, candidates who had supported Trump had to give up their seats to Democrats, sometimes in areas that were believed to be safe.
What Trump recorded as an “enormous success” across the board was at least in the Senate, where the Republicans were even able to expand their power at the time. It was at least clear that Trump, who had also declared the vote to be a referendum on his person (“Pretend I’m on the ballot”), was not entirely an aberration of history. Many millions of Americans were able to rally behind his policies full of malice, hatred and agitation. As a result, there was no revolt in his party.
“He is indeed widely hated and feared,” she said “New York Times” firm at the time, “but also very popular as an advocate for his voters.” And today?
Today the situation is different. The Republicans are seen as the big losers midterm elections 2022, which Trump cites as one of the reasons for this. And his attempts to reinterpret the unfortunate result as a success and to brand others as scapegoats do not really want to catch on.
The “red wave” which was a gentle ripple
“Basically, it’s the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the win,” Larry Hogan told CNN, Republican governor of Maryland, who used a baseball analogy to express his displeasure: “It’s like three strikes and you’re out.” The midterm election should have been one of the “biggest red waves we’ve ever had,” Hogan added, alluding to the Republican color.
One Trump had also promised a “big red wave”., but his full-bodied announcement was followed at best by a light splash. The Republicans are likely to win the House of Representatives with a slim majority, votes are still being counted, however, the Senate will definitely remain in Democratic handspossibly even firmer than before after a December runoff.
Trump is also blamed for the disappointing result. A multitude of the hand-picked candidates he endorsed in this year’s Congressional race disappointed at the ballot box. And that although the starting position had promised a perfect storm for the Republicans: The Approval ratings for President Joe Biden are lowinflation in the country is high and it is an unwritten rule of the so-called “midterms” that the party that nominates the president has to lose a lot of feathers.
It turned out differently. Was this the “third strike” for Trump? One failure too many, after the mixed 2018 midterm elections and the lost one presidential election 2020?
In his opinion: of course not. Trump is standing increasingly under fire in their own ranks, and even the conservative media, which once supported him to the point of self-abandonment, hold him responsible for the election result. “Republicans: Trump is your problem, wake up,” wrote about the “National Review”. But the ex-president does not want the election to be understood as a defeat, nor does he want to accept any recriminations.
Instead, Trump shows once again that he’s a bad loser by claiming he’s not – his vote-out as US President he still attributes it to electoral fraud, which is proven nonsense.
Donald Trump, the guarantee of success?
So Trump left after the midterm elections on Tuesday, which he called “GREAT EVENING” designated, among other things, a four-page memo spread spelling out his supposedly “unprecedented” accomplishments in 2022. Special mention is also made of the alleged successes of his minions, who had spread Trump’s lie about the “stolen” presidential election – and failed in many places.
When it was announced on Sunday that the Republicans had missed a majority in the Senate, said Trump: “It’s Mitch McConnell’s fault”. The Republican minority leader in the Senate “screwed up the midterm elections,” for example by backing the wrong candidates financially. It can be assumed that Trump was referring to his protégés, which McConnell had denied the quality. On top of that, Trump repeatedly claimed, and without any evidence, that voter fraud had occurred.
Trump is looking for the greatest possible distance to the previous election result, after all it threatens to diminish his public perception as a guarantee of success for the Republicans. And now of all times. For this Tuesday, the former president had one announced “very big announcement”.. It was widely expected to be the announcement for his 2024 presidential bid.
This obviously makes well-known Republicans nervous, who are under the impression of the unsuccessful Midterms persuaded to delay its announcement. Probably in vain, believes campaign strategist Liam Donovan. However, he emphasized Radio interview at WMACthat Trump’s candidacy would not mean that he would not face competition from within the party. “The potential Trump competitors are currently keeping their powder dry,” says Donovan.
“Trump’s candidacy is probably a good thing from this perspective”
In particular, Ron DeSantis, governor in Florida, is considered a possible rival. The 44-year-old was confirmed in office in the midterm elections with a clear majority, and thus emerged stronger from the big election day – although or precisely because he had not relied on Trump’s support during the election campaign.
According to a recent YouGov poll conducted by the US portal “Axios” after the midterm election, more US voters want a presidential candidate DeSantis (24 percent) than Trump (20 percent). Even among Republican voters, Florida’s governor is ahead with 41 percent and Trump (39 percent) is at a disadvantage.
The “Trump with brains”, as the southpaw is also called, could be dangerous for the original. This also illustrates the reaction of the very same, who supported DeSantis after his historic election victory threatened “not particularly flattering” revelationsshould he run for the presidency, him as called “dishonest”. and through a consultant spread that he was “ready for war” be. Mind you: DeSantis has not yet declared his possible candidacy.
Two years after leaving office fewer Americans share his opinions than they endorse them, but Trump’s possible presidential candidacy is not hopeless. A recent survey by the “New York Times”that at least 30 percent of voters still hold views that could be read as pro-Trump. Especially since there are currently no signs that the Republican base would turn away from Trump, as the newspaper noted.
That could be good news for Democrats — at least in the short term.
Because in Georgia, where the race for the Senate seat there will be decided in a runoff election on December 6, the former football star Herschel Walker is also a hand-picked Trump candidate. Should Walker lose to the incumbent, the Democrats would actually increase their majority in the Senate.
Adrianne Shropshire, head of BlackPAC, told the New York Times: “Georgia voters rejected Trump in 2021. His presence now only reminds them why.”
Others are already looking beyond the Georgia Senate race with hopes of Trump running as the Republican presidential nominee in 2024.
“As an American, the idea of another Trump campaign and all of his lies and divisions and efforts to undermine American democracy is an absolute horror show,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “On the other hand, I have to say that as a politician who wants to see no Republican elected to the White House in 2024, his candidacy is probably a good thing from that perspective.”