For a supposedly successful businessman, President Trump is awfully bad at math. Take his tweet today claiming a clean sweep of congressional wins in the special elections held since his inauguration.
The Republicans are 5-0 in recent Congressional races, a point which the Fake News Media continuously fails to mention. I backed and campaigned for all of the winners. They give me credit for one. Hopefully, Rick Saccone will be another big win on Tuesday.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2018
Let’s get the first big lie in the initial sentence of his tweet out of the way. The “Fake News Media” continuously reports the results of elections as they happen. Perhaps if the president read once in a while, he’d know this.
While Republicans have indeed won five special elections since the beginning of Trump’s term, their record isn’t 5-0, it’s 5-2. Perhaps claiming an unbroken record of wins feels better, but it’s simply not true.
The fact is that the GOP won five congressional seats that it already held, but won them by smaller margins than in previous elections. They also lost a Senate seat in Alabama when Democrat Doug Jones beat the despicable Roy Moore, while the Democrat Jimmy Gomez won back the House seat that was vacated by Xavier Becerra when he left to become California’s Attorney General.
Of course, one could also point to a host of state and local elections where Democrats have been ousting long-entrenched Republicans from office thanks to the growing revulsion for the president and his failed policies.
With another high profile special election this week in Pennsylvania’s 18th district — which Trump won by 20 points — it remains to be seen if the highly anticipated “blue wave” can start to turn the tide towards a Democratic takeover of Congress in the midterms.
Polling shows momentum on the Democrats’ side, but until people actually go to the polls and vote, it’s just a bunch of numbers on a page, just like Trump’s phony calculations. Make sure that when your local elections take place, you participate, or else Trump’s new math may wind up being the new reality.