In light of the historical tendency for the president’s party to lose ground in midterm elections, the Democrats are pinning their hopes on taking back control of Congress this November with an energized “Blue Wave” of liberal voters.
But that “Blue Wave” is no sure thing. President Donald Trump just predicted that things are going too well in America right now for there to be a “Blue Wave” — and instead, we might even see a “Red Wave” on election day.
Presidential Approval numbers are very good – strong economy, military and just about everything else. Better numbers than Obama at this point, by far. We are winning on just about every front and for that reason there will not be a Blue Wave, but there might be a Red Wave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
Trump tweeted, “Presidential Approval numbers are very good – strong economy, military and just about everything else. Better numbers than Obama at this point, by far. We are winning on just about every front and for that reason there will not be a Blue Wave, but there might be a Red Wave!”
Though it is unclear exactly what poll Trump was referring to with regard to his approval numbers being “far” better than former President Barack Obama, it was most likely the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, which placed Trump at 48 percent on Friday, two points higher than Obama’s 46 percent at the same point in 2010.
Obama’s approval average for the same week of August in 2010 was in the 49 percent range, prior to dropping sharply ahead of the midterms, in which Republicans overwhelmingly claimed the majority in the House and began to put the brakes on Obama’s agenda.
Aside from the constantly fluctuating poll numbers — which are at least better than the media would have everyone assume — Trump was correct in noting that the economy is in a strong position right now, as job numbers continue to grow and the unemployment rate reaches historic lows while the stock market continues to soar.
The booming economy is most certainly a factor in Trump approval numbers as well, with Rasmussen noting that some 44 percent of likely voters think the country is finally headed in the right direction … one metric where Trump definitely outperforms his predecessor.
Of course, the situation may change between now and November, and the state of the economy leading up to Election Day will be a significant factor in how much support Trump can drum up for Congressional Republicans.
The left believes that their “resistance” agenda, fueled by hatred of the president, will be enough to fire up the Democratic base and sweep them into power with a “Blue Wave” of voters.
But Trump thinks the American people like “winning on just about every front,” — and unless the Democrats can come up with something better to offer than “resistance” — Trump’s predictions might just be right on the money.