What were the surprises left by the US elections? 1:56
(CNN) — As votes from across the country began to pour in Tuesday night, Donald Trump said something truly implausible when asked about how much credit or blame he should take for the election results.
“I think if they win, he should get all the credit, and if they lose, he shouldn’t be blamed at all,” Trump told NewsNationadding: “But it will probably be the opposite.”RELATED
Yes, he really said that. And no, she wasn’t kidding. She simply wants to have it all.
In Trump’s world, all good things are a direct result of his action, while all bad things are definitely someone else’s fault. He is always telling himself a story where he is the hero, fighting losers and haters who drag him down.
For example, this Tweet from Maggie Haberman of The New York Times:
“Trump is really furious this morning, particularly about Mehmet Oz, and is blaming everyone who advised him to back Oz, including his wife, describing it as not his best decision, according to people close to him.”
It was his wife’s fault!
The data tells a different story.
According to exit polls, Trump was viewed favorably by just 39% of voters, while 58% viewed him unfavorably. These figures place him below Joe Biden (41% favorable / 56% unfavorable).
And there are other numbers in the exit polls that suggest Trump was a drag on Republican candidates. Nearly 1 in 3 (28%) of voters said their vote was to send an opposition message to the former president, with between 90% and 8% voting Democrats in the House. Only 16% said their vote was a way to support Trump,
Exit poll numbers aside, there is evidence that Donald Trump’s footprints are all over this election, and not in a good way. He endorsed the gubernatorial candidates from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois and Michigan, who lost convincingly as they struggled to create a winning message for the election. (In the contest for the governorship of ArizonaKari Lake, who rejects the election results and supports Trump, trails behind, although there are still a significant number of ballots to count).
On the Senate side, Trump’s record was slightly better. While Oz lost in Pennsylvania, his endorsed candidates won in North Carolina and Ohio. In Georgia, it is too early to determine the outcome of the contest between Herschel-Walker and Senator Raphael Warnock. Ditto for the Arizona Senate race between Trump-endorsed Blake Masters and Sen. Mark Kelly. And in Nevada, where Trump-backed Adam Laxalt, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has the upper hand.
But, it is a mixed result. And it’s not one for which Trump can take credit and avoid blame.