Several times now, President Trump has hailed the 2018 mid-term elections as some kind of victory.
Here is just one example – via twitter, of course:
Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals. Now we can all get back to work and get things done!
My question to Mr. Trump: what “victory” are you talking about? Was that a reference to one of those foreign nations you referenced? Because it surely wasn’t the United States.
With an enormous advantage in the senate races (26 of the 35 seats up for grabs were held by Democrats, just 9 by Republicans), it looks like Republicans will gain maybe 2 seats.
And the House of Representatives? Republicans lost it. By plenty. And while there was no enormous “blue wave” compared to a few other mid-term elections (especially considering the disadvantage of about 40 Republican House members retiring/leaving the seats with no incumbent), Democrats will wind up with a gain of about 37 or 38 seats. That is obviously a substantial victory for them. Not you, not the Republican Party, but them.
So why do you say things like this? Why do you set yourself up for the ridicule a victory claim is guaranteed to generate?
When do you realize that this kind of rhetoric detracts from the substantial accomplishments of your presidency? Instead of talking about job creation and an upswing in business successes people are talking about your ludicrous claim of “victory”. Do you think that’s good for you or your party?
When do you learn to just shut up?