WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed early victory for Republicans in next week’s midterm election by declaring the Democrats self-proclaimed “blue wave” essentially dead.
“I think the blue wave is dead, frankly,” Trump told Christian Broadcast Network’s David Brody and Jenna Browder during an interview recorded onboard Air Force One. “And I think we’re doing very well. It looks like we’re going to win the Senate which is very important.”
Trump, who said early voting results show Republicans doing “very well in the House,” also took the opportunity to slam Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who claimed earlier this week that she’s “confident” that Democrats will win in next weeks election.
“She’s been losing for a long time, so you know, she would like to win,” Trump said. “She’s been saying she’s going to win for a long time. She hasn’t been doing too well. We’ll see what happens. I think we’re going to do very well.”
During the interview, the president also responded to critics who’ve accused him of “riling up his base” through anti-immigration rhetoric so close to the mid-term elections. Republicans are needed now more than ever, he argued, if his administration hopes to pass his tough immigration policies through congressional party lines.
“Well, if I am, I’ve been doing it for a long time because I’ve been on this issue for a long time, ever since you’ve known me and now we have a chance to do something about it,” he told CBN. “The problem is we have no Democrat votes. We need Democrat votes in order to pass bills. You know, because we have a very little, tiny majority.”
While many national polls show Democrats picking up steam in the House race, Republicans appear primed to retain control over the Senate and possibly even expand their majority.
President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence have announced a series of upcoming rallies scheduled between now and next Tuesday in the hopes of driving Republicans out to vote.