The conservative Wall Street Journal (WSJ) issued a scathing editorial aimed at Donald Trump for his claim there will be Republican “red wave” in the November midterm elections.
The editorial, titled The “Red Wave” Illusion, centered on Trump’s “RED WAVE!” tweet, in which he implied the GOP will dominate and win the midterm elections.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2018
The WSJ pulled no punches with their November prediction, saying that the Republican Party will experience devastating losses. They say those losses will be a direct result of Trump’s unpopularity as well as his unpopular policies.
The article begins with: “Republicans on present trend are poised in November to lose their majority in the House of Representatives and a slew of governorships. That’s the clear message from Tuesday’s election contests and a growing body of evidence. The President’s persona is trumping positive policy results among voters, and without some intervening news or a change in strategy the result is likely to be a national left turn.”
The editors opined that Republicans narrowly escaped an embarrassing loss in last Tuesday’s Ohio special election, and that it’s a preview of what’s to come when voters weigh in this fall.
They wrote, “The ominous news for Republicans is that they hold about 68 House seats that are less Republican than this Ohio district. Most include stretches of suburbia that have been GOP strongholds but where many voters dislike Mr. Trump’s abrasive style and polarizing governance.”
Delivering a real blow to the president, the WSJ editors argued the Republican’s biggest problem is Trump himself.
“Tuesday’s results cast doubt on the current White House strategy to make the election a referendum on Donald J. Trump. His omnipresence also motivates Democrats, while it may de-motivate soft Republicans and independents who dislike Mr. Trump.”
According to the WSJ editorial board, Trump is driving away voters who may be on the fence with his immature behavior:
“They aren’t impressed by Mr. Trump’s name-calling, his brawls with the media or taunts of LeBron James. They don’t like the debacle of family separations driven by immigration-enforcement obsessives inside the White House.”
With a not-so-veiled warning to Trump’s base, they bluntly suggested GOP voters are living in a right-wing bubble of fake news:
“Our sense is that Republican voters haven’t recognized how much jeopardy the party is in. Many are content to listen only to their safe media spaces that repeat illusions about a ‘red wave’ and invoke 2016 when the media said Mr. Trump couldn’t win.”