Trump privately infuriated over midterm election outcomes, source says

A senior source near former President Donald Trump advised CBS News that the previous president has been privately infuriated over the outcomes of the midterm elections, regardless of his posts on social media touting them as a win and a “great evening.”

According to the source, the previous president has been “blaming everyone except himself” over the outcomes, together with his aides and Fox News host Sean Hannity. The particular person mentioned Tuesday evening’s better-than-expected outcomes for Democrats have been primarily because of the elections changing into “a referendum” on Trump, his candidate picks, and his continued give attention to relitigating the 2020 election.

As of Wednesday, CBS News estimated the Senate is a toss-up, with 4 contests but to be referred to as. Two of these contests have been toss-ups, and a kind of, Georgia, will go to a runoff in December. The race in Arizona, in the meantime, is leaning Democratic. Alaska used ranked-choice voting and outcomes may take some time, though the 2 main candidates are Republicans. 

CBS News characterizes the House as leaning Republican. As of Wednesday night, projections confirmed Republicans successful at the very least 210 seats and Democrats had gained at the very least 200 seats. At least 218 seats are wanted for management. So if the GOP does get a majority, it will likely be a slim one. 

Trump has mentioned that he shall be making a “very big announcement” at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday, hinting at a potential 2024 presidential run. But three sources who’ve been with him at Mar-a-Lago advised CBS News that there’s an inside debate over whether or not Trump ought to announce something, be it an exploratory committee or a full-blown White House announcement, previous to the Dec. 6 runoff in Georgia. 

“I’m advising the president to hold off until after the Georgia race, after Herschel Walker,” onetime Trump marketing campaign spokesperson Jason Miller mentioned on Newsmax Wednesday. “Priorities A, B and C need to be about Herschel right now. This is bigger than anything else in the country.”

A former White House aide in Trump’s orbit mentioned he “should wait until the midterms are over, which won’t be before the Georgia runoff.” 

If he broadcasts a 2024 bid earlier than then, the senior source near Trump talked about earlier mentioned, “I don’t see a path forward.” If Trump broadcasts earlier than the Georgia runoff election, that election may develop into a referendum on Trump – much like the 2020 Georgia runoff, when Republicans lost each seats. 

The senior source near Trump who advised CBS News in regards to the former president’s anger mentioned the candidate high quality challenge was an actual issue on this week’s elections. Trump primarily based his midterm technique not on political technique however on political payback. The adviser mentioned Trump picked some candidates “who don’t know what they are doing.”

The source, who’s annoyed over Trump’s political missteps, in contrast the keenness at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ victory rally, with a few thousand folks in attendance, and his 19-point win to Trump’s occasion at Mar-a-Lago, with 100 of his pals and political consultants, and his high-profile losses. It is obvious who American voters need, they mentioned.

“This is a sinking ship,” the source mentioned in regards to the lack of enthusiasm for an rising Trump 2024 marketing campaign.

CBS News additionally spoke to Republican celebration officers who straight blamed the “candidate quality issue”  — or Trump — for his or her losses Tuesday evening.

Trump posted Wednesday on his social media platform Truth Social that whereas the end result of the election could possibly be thought-about “somewhat disappointing” to some, “from my personal standpoint it was a very big victory.”

— Kathryn Watson contributed to this report

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