Trump Faces Reality GOP Could Lose the Senate
At a campaign fundraiser right before last Thursday’s presidential debate in Nashville, Donald Trump acknowledged the reality that it will be “very tough” for the Republican party to hold on to control of the Senate. An attendee of the event, which took place at the Nashville Marriott, anonymously shared the president’s words at the closed-door gathering with The Washington Post.
“I think the Senate is tough actually. The Senate is very tough. There are a couple senators I can’t really get involved in. I just can’t do it. You lose your soul if you do. I can’t help some of them. I don’t want to help some of them,” Trump reportedly said.
One of the races that Trump specifically commented on is in North Carolina between incumbent Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham. Without exhibiting even a hint of self-awareness, Trump said he thinks the late-breaking scandal that befell Cunningham will help Tillis prevail. “I think Tillis is getting back in this one because his opponent ended up having more affairs than you’re allowed to have at one time,” Trump said.
The president also said he thinks Republicans will win in Alabama and totally trashed his former attorney general. “We’re going to take Alabama. We got rid of Jeff Sessions. Thank goodness. He was the worst. I would have gone for the Democrat over him. That wouldn’t have been too good,” Trump said according to The Post. He then shifted in a mock TV anchor voice, saying “The president has just endorsed a Democrat.”
Trump also bashed the news media, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and Democrats’ public allegations of Russian disinformation playing into the campaign.
There were no tough questions, the attendee said told The Post. Trump was lavishly praised by those present for his work on the coronavirus pandemic, and his effort taking on the “medical swamp,” in the words of one guest.
Tickets for the private fundraiser went for up to $250,000.
As the election gets closer and the poll numbers become clearer, several senators have pointedly distanced themselves from Trump. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) revealed that he privately disagreed with Trump on several issues and feels that the president “got out over his skis” by playing down the severity of the coronavirus.
Then there was Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) who in a call with constituents said Trump mistreats women, flirts with White supremacy and secretly mocks evangelicals.
Trump’s views on the party’s prospects for keeping the Senate echo was some top Senate Republicans have been saying in recent days. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in radio interview earlier this week that he thinks it’s a 50-50 toss up that he’ll remain in power during the next Congress. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also has acknowledged that Democrats stand a “very good chance” of taking over the Senate.
Republicans currently have a 53-to-47 majority. Democrats need to gain three seats if Biden wins the presidency to claim Senate control.