In public, at his hate rally/COVID-19 super-spreader events, Trump is guaranteeing a win. In private with the people who give him money, he's predicting a much different outcome, especially for the Senate GOP.
President Donald Trump made a prediction about the GOP's control of the Senate at a fundraiser this week, privately telling donors that it will be "very tough" for Republicans to keep control of the chamber in the upcoming election, namely because Trump refuses to support some senators, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
"I think the Senate is tough actually. The Senate is very tough," Trump said, according to an attendee who shared the President's comments on condition of anonymity with the Post. "There are a couple senators I can't really get involved in. I just can't do it. You lose your soul if you do. I can't help some of them. I don't want to help some of them."
Trump's comments were made at a closed-door gathering held in Nashville, Tennessee, before the last presidential debate, according to the Post, where he said that he thinks the GOP will "take back the House."
Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, pushed back on the notion that Trump doesn't support some Senate Republicans, according to the Post.
"The Republican-led Senate and President Trump have had a great partnership over the last four years, highlighted by the fact the chamber is poised to confirm a third Trump Supreme Court nominee in the coming days," Hunt said Saturday.
Hours after the Post released its story, Trump told reporters that he hopes the GOP maintains control of the Senate.
"I hope to hold the Senate, we do. I think from a presidential standpoint we're winning a lot of states including this one. I think we're doing very well here. The crowd is certainly enthusiastic. I hope that we do. I think we're gonna take back the House because people are tired of Nancy Pelosi. I think we'll take back the House," Trump told reporters after emerging from Air Force One before holding a rally Saturday night in Wisconsin.
Sure, man. You'll take back the House.
Look, even Nate Silver has the presidential race tightening over the last week, but right now that means Biden has a nine-point lead rather than a nearly 11-point lead. Unless something catastrophic happens in the next 10 days, Biden is going to be in position to win this.