In a very wild interview with the Associated Press earlier this week, President Donald Trump said something that should make every Republican in Congress a little skittish.Here’s the exchange:AP: So my question is, if Republicans were to lose control of the House on November 6th — or a couple of days later depending on how long it takes to count the votes — do you believe you bear some responsibility for that?
Trump: No, I think I’m helping people. Look, I’m 48 and 1 in the primaries, and actually it’s much higher than that because I endorsed a lot of people that were successful that people don’t even talk about.
In case you missed it: The Republican President is asked whether he would take any blame if Republicans lose the House or Senate in 20 days’ time. He says he will not. Which means — stay with me now — that Trump will blame Republicans if/when they lose the House or, much less likely, the Senate.
This is in keeping with two fundamental truths about Trump:
1) He never thinks anything is his fault
2) He doesn’t associate with people he believes to be losers
In Trump’s mind, he wins. He is a winner.
“My whole life is about winning,” Trump told The Washington Post in December 2015. “I always win. I win at golf. I’m a club champion many times at different clubs. I win at golf. I can sink the three-footer on the 18th hole when others can’t. My whole life is about winning. I don’t lose often. I almost never lose.”When his side loses, they aren’t his side anymore.
Which brings me to what Trump might do if Republicans, as history, polling and most smart neutral observers expect, lose the House majority in 20 days.
He’s already given us a VERY big clue — in an interview last week on “Fox & Friends” — when asked about how he would get along with a Democratic majority in the House. Said Trump:
“Now, can we get along? Maybe. And there’s a possibility. They want infrastructure, I want infrastructure; there’s something that can bring us together. We have a lot of things were there is commonality and it’s possible that we’ll even get along.”