President Donald J Trump is setting the stage for a possible Democratic takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives — and Republican operatives are ready to blame him for that looming loss.
GOP groups aren’t spending money on candidates like Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, whose campaign one Republican strategist said was “dead on arrival,” and both the president and party activists are already pointing fingers, reported Axios.
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is not to blame if Republicans lose control of the House of Representatives in November’s election.
He told the Associated Press voters have told him they won’t vote in the midterms because he is not on the ballot.
But the president said otherwise he believes he is ‘helping’ candidates in the midterm elections even as his administration deals with fire storms on missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his tweets on porn star Stormy Daniels, and the aftermath of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial confirmation process.
‘I don’t believe anybody has ever had this kind of impact,’ he told the AP.
“The president, him being undisciplined, and his low approval” could hurt Republicans, that GOP operative said.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is still spending on Comstock, but the group pulled an $1.2 million ad campaign in Nevada’s 4th district in the face of heavy Democratic spending on that race and another in the state’s 3rd district.
Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman gives Democrats a 70 percent to 75 percent chance of retaking the House, which they can do by picking up 23 seats.
A GOP source close to the White House conceded two months ago that Republicans looked like they wold lose up to 60 seats, although the source is less pessimistic closer to the election.
“Today, I think it’s going to be somewhere between 20 and 35 seats that Republicans will lose,” the source told Axios.