Trump privately angry at midterm election results, says source

A senior source close to the former President Donald Trump told CBS News that the former president was privately outraged over the results of the midterm election, despite his posts on social media describing him as a victory and a “great evening”.

According to the source, the former president is “blaming everyone except himself” over the results, including his aide and Fox News host Sean Hannity. the person said that Tuesday night better results than expected For Democrats, the election was primarily due to become “a referendum” on Trump, his nominees, and his continued focus on re-establishing the 2020 election.

until Wednesday, CBS News speculates Senate is a toss-up, in which four competitions are yet to be called. Two of those contests were a toss-up, and one of them, Georgia, would go into the runoff in December. Meanwhile, the race in Arizona is leaning Democratic. Alaska used ranked-choice voting and results may take some time, although the two leading candidates are Republicans.

CBS News features the House Leaning as Republican. As of Wednesday evening, estimates put Republicans at least 210 seats and Democrats at least 200. At least 218 seats are needed for control. So if the GOP gets a majority, it will be diluted.

Trump has said That he will make a “very big announcement” at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday, hinting at a possible 2024 presidential run. But three sources who were with him at Mar-a-Lago told CBS News there is an internal debate on whether Trump should announce anything, whether it’s a search committee or a full White House announcement, in December. before 6. Runoff in Georgia.

“I’m advising the president to hold off until after Herschel Walker, after the Georgia race,” Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said on Newsmax on Wednesday. “Priorities A, B and C should be about Herschel right now. It’s bigger than anything in the country.”

A former White House aide in Trump’s orbit said he should “wait until the midterms end, which will not happen before the Georgia runoff.”

If he announces a 2024 bid before that, the source close to Trump mentioned earlier, said, “I don’t see the way forward.” If Trump announces the Georgia runoff before the election, that election could become a referendum on Trump – similar to the 2020 Georgia runoff, when Republicans lost both seats.

Sources close to Trump, who spoke to CBS News about the former president’s anger, said the issue of candidate quality was a real factor in this week’s elections. Trump based his mid-term strategy not on political strategy but on political return. The adviser said Trump chose some candidates “who don’t know what they are doing.”

The source, who is dismayed by Trump’s political misconduct, compared the enthusiasm Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Victory Rally, With a few thousand people in attendance, and his 19-point victory at Trump’s event at Mar-a-Lago, 100 of his friends and political advisers, and his high-profile loss. He said it is clear who American voters want.

“It’s a sinking ship,” the source said of the lack of enthusiasm for the budding Trump 2024 campaign.

CBS News also spoke to Republican Party officials who directly blamed “candidate quality issues” — or Trump — for their losses Tuesday night.

Trump posted on his social media platform Truth Social on Wednesday that while the election result may be considered “somewhat disappointing” for some, “from my personal point of view it was a huge victory.”

— Katherine Watson contributed to this report

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