If the Republicans had done well in the midterm elections, Trump would have claimed every bit of credit for it. After all, he repeatedly predicted a “red wave” would shock the world. But now that they lost control of the House and did very badly at the state level, he says that only happened because he wasn’t on the ballot. But gee, that isn’t what he was saying before the elections.
At a pre-election rally in Mississippi, he said, “I’m not on the ticket, but I am on the ticket, because this is also a referendum about me. I want you to vote. Pretend I’m on the ballot.” In West Virginia, at a rally for the Republican Senate candidate, he said, “A vote for Morrisey is a vote for me.” He repeated that line at every rally for weeks leading up to the election: “A vote for [insert candidate] is a vote for me, and for our agenda to make America great again.” But now? In an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News he said, “I didn’t run. I wasn’t running. My name wasn’t on a ballot.”This is just classic Trump. He wants all the credit and none of the blame. And he’s so thoroughly convinced that everyone loves him and supports him — all of the polls that show he has historically low approval rates are obviously fake news, of course — that the answer to everything is that if he were more deeply involved, it would have been a win. He always wins, always, even when he loses, because if he loses, it’s only because someone else screwed up. That’s the only possible way he can ever lose at anything. He really is that delusional and narcissistic.