2019-09-11 19:49:04 UTC
After hosting a rally in North Carolina with Vice President Pence earlier this
week and then blasting out endorsements for two GOP candidates running in
special elections there, President Trump closely tracked the returns on Tuesday
night. When it became clear that both men vying for open House seats had won,
the president took to Twitter in triumph.
In a flurry of tweets sent well into early Wednesday morning, Trump celebrated
the TWO BIG VICTORIES and boasted about his influence on the results while
also taking time to bash the Fake News and share a photo suggesting a third
term for himself.
BIG NIGHT FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, he tweeted in all-caps. CONGRATULATIONS
The wins came as Trump has faced downturns in national polling and amid new
White House turmoil as he ousted national security adviser John Bolton. A
Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday found that 56 percent of
voting-age Americans say they disapprove of Trumps performance in office, and
his approval rating among that demographic stands at 38 percent.
Tuesdays results gave Trump a chance to celebrate instead. As the votes poured
in, Trumps tweets rolled out, the first post appearing around 8:50 p.m.
One down, one to go, Trump tweeted, referencing Republican Greg Murphys race
in North Carolinas heavily conservative 3rd Congressional District. Murphy
eventually beat Democrat Allen Thomas by 24 points.
The president then turned his attention to Republican Dan Bishop, who had been
locked in a close race against Democratic challenger Dan McCready in North
Carolinas 9th Congressional District. Citing an unnamed poll that had Bishop
down 17 points 3 weeks ago, Trump took credit for turning the candidates
campaign around. It is unclear what poll Trump was citing. An Inside Elections
poll published Aug. 30 had McCready up by four points, still within the margin
Following the election, other conservatives also credited the president with
propelling Bishop over the finish line. Trump pushed him over the top,
absolutely, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), who represents the 8th District, told
The Post. Turnout is everything when you have a close race.
After retweeting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) thanking him
for once again leading us to victory, Trump shared a photo of a Trump 2024
campaign sign marking the second time in two days he has suggested pursuing a
third term. At Mondays rally, Trump joked that he would stay in office through
2026, so he could be president when the United States co-hosts the World Cup,
The Post reported.