Despite Low Poll Numbers, Trump Plans on Campaigning For GOP Candidates During Midterms
Looks like President Donald Trump is itching to hit the road and campaign for Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. One wonders just how excited the party is about this development.
Earlier this week, the Republican Party suffered a humiliating defeat when Democrat Doug Jones defeated embattled GOP nominee Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election. This was the first time Alabama — which went for Trump by nearly 30 points last year — had voted a Democrat to the Senate in 25 years. After initially staying quiet on the race following reports of Moore sexually abusing teenage girls, Trump officially endorsed the ex-judge and traveled down to Pensacola to hold a campaign-style rally days before the election.
According to the Washington Post, despite Trump’s sinking poll numbers and lack of recent success in endorsing candidates, POTUS is planning on getting heavily involved in next year’s elections.
The president has told advisers that he wants to travel extensively and hold rallies and that he is looking forward to spending much of 2018 campaigning. He has also told aides that the elections would largely determine what he can get done — and that he expects he would be blamed for losses, such as last week’s humiliating defeat that handed a Senate seat in Alabama to a Democrat for the first time in 25 years.
“For the president, this isn’t about adulation and cheering crowds,” White House political director Bill Stepien said in an interview. “This is about electing and reelecting Republicans.”
Y’know, one finds it a little hard to believe Trump doing campaign rallies ISN’T about adulation and cheering crowds. Especially since even when he’s holding a rally for someone else, he tends to bring it all back to him and what he wants to talk about.
Currently, the president’s job approval rating is sitting in the mid-30s, with a number of polls showing his rating as low as 32%.
While Stepien believes Trump hitting the trail for the GOP will help candidates, Democrats seemed pretty happy at the prospect of Trump getting himself involved. Former Obama strategist David Axelrod called Trump the “greatest organizing tool that Democrats could have.”
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