President Trump on Friday said that “this ‘Bomb’ stuff” is slowing the “momentum” of Republican candidates as many states hold early voting for the midterm elections.
“Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!”
The so-called pipe bombs were mailed this week to at least 10 high-profile Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, billionaire and Democratic donor George Soros, and California Rep. Maxine Waters. Actor Robert De Niro also received one at a restaurant he owns in New York City.
None of the “bombs” exploded, and some experts say they were not even capable of being detonated. The crude bombs lacked a “triggering mechanism,” suggesting they were never meant to go off.
Still, Trump may well be losing sleep over the news. At 3 a.m. on Friday, Trump wrote on Twitter: ‘‘Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’’’
Momentum had been swinging toward Republicans in the past few weeks. Democrats had held a double-digit lead in generic polling that measures which party, Democrat or Republican, people say they’re going to vote for on November 6. But that lead had dropped to just 3 or 4 points lead with less than two weeks to go.
The Associated Press is worried. “In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It’s whether there will be a wave at all,” the AP wrote this week.
Top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats’ narrow path to the Senate majority has essentially disappeared, a casualty of surging Republican enthusiasm across GOP strongholds. At the same time, leading Democrats now fear the battle for the House majority will be decided by just a handful of seats.
What’s more, Trump’s approval rating is at its highest point ever, even topping former president Barack Obama’s rating at this point in his first term.
Plus, in a Gallup poll three weeks ago, Republicans’ enthusiasm had risen to that of Democrats. “Sixty-one percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners and 58% of Republicans and Republican leaners say they are more enthusiastic about voting in November compared to prior elections. These levels roughly match Republicans’ record-high enthusiasm in 2010, Barack Obama’s first midterm, when the GOP won a whopping 63 seats. But this is the first time in Gallup’s trend since 1994 that both parties have expressed high enthusiasm,” Gallup reported.
And things are changing fast. With thousands of migrants marching through Mexico to attempt to enter the U.S. illegally — clearly orchestrated by Democrats as an “October Surprise” — Americans are paying attention. Republicans, including Trump, decry the march, but Democrats have remained silent, essentially acquiescing to illegals entering America.