In the week since his candidate lost in the Alabama Senate race, a dejected Donald Trump hadn’t posted anything to Twitter at all. The handful of generic tweets posted to his account were obviously from his staff, as he appeared to be too busy pouting instead. Trump finally returned to Twitter today, and most Americans are wishing he hadn’t, because he’s coughed up one of his most bizarre lies yet.
Here’s how Trump appears to be rationalizing the fact that the candidates he endorses keep losing: “Remember, Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional Races this year. The media refuses to mention this. I said Gillespie and Moore would lose (for very different reasons), and they did. I also predicted “I” would win. Republicans will do well in 2018, very well!” It’s difficult to parse just how many lies he managed to pack into the same tweet. For starters, Republicans aren’t 5-0 in congressional races this year.
The Republicans are actually 4-1 in U.S. House races in 2017. Trump either can’t count, or he has no idea that the special election in California even took place, or both. In addition, he’s excluding the Alabama Senate race from his definition of “congressional races” simply because it doesn’t suit his argument.
Moreover, the four House races were all in heavily Republican districts, where he created the vacancies by plucking the incumbents for his cabinet. The GOP was supposed to win all four of those races handily, and instead underperformed in all of them. It ended up being a harbinger for Trump and his party getting their butts whipped in the more recent races for Governor and Senator. By any objective measure, the Republican Party is on the ropes heading into the 2018 congressional elections, and it’s largely due to the toxic unpopularity of Donald Trump. Meanwhile he’s living in some kind of delusional abyss where he’s somehow undefeated despite the fact that he just keeps losing.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report