Trump Says Election Will be Seen as Referendum on Him

November 5, 2018, 2:08 pm EST | Share:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump is now saying that the media will treat the midterm election results as a referendum on his presidency.”Even though I’m not on the ballot, in a certain way I am on the ballot,” he remarked.

“The press is very much considering it a referendum on me and us as a movement,” he told supporters during a tele-town hall on Monday.

Trump is attempting to keep Congress in Republican control. During his final, three-state rally blitz, his argument was mainly focused on fear that a Democratic takeover would send the country into complete chaos.

And on Monday, he made the case that if Democrats win, they will work to roll back everything he’s tried to accomplish. “It’s all fragile,” he said on the call.

Trump will be holding his final three get-out-the-vote rallies Monday in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri — a day after stops in Tennessee and Georgia, where the president’s closing argument to voters was on stark display as he sought to motivate complacent Republicans to the polls by stoking fears about the prospects of Democratic control.

“You want to see Georgia prosperity end?” Trump told the rally crowd in Macon, Georgia. “Vote for the Democrat.” Trump’s remarks included ominous references to the “Antifa” far-left-leaning militant groups and a migrant caravan marching toward the U.S.-Mexico border that he has called an “invasion.”

Appearing before thousands in an overflowing aircraft hangar in Macon for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, Trump declared, “There’s electricity in the air like I haven’t seen since ’16.”

“This is a very important election,” he added. “I wouldn’t say it’s as important as ’16, but it’s right up there.”

But Trump earlier in the day appeared to distance himself from the fate of House Republican candidates. Speaking to reporters as he left the White House en route to his rallies, Trump seemed to dampen expectations for his party in the House.

“I think we’re going to do well in the House,” he said of Tuesday’s races. “But, as you know, my primary focus has been on the Senate, and I think we’re doing really well in the Senate.”

The comments marked the starkest indication that Trump has grown less optimistic about the GOP’s chances of retaining control of the House, where Republicans face greater headwinds than in the Senate.

Still, he told reporters before boarding Air Force One that “tremendous crowds” were already awaiting him in both states. He said that enthusiasm was off the charts, though polls have shown Democrats to have an enthusiasm edge.

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