While he is making this FBN week, with back-to-back sessions with Stuart Varney and Trish Regan of Fox Business Network, Trump also did a lengthy interview with the AP. It was a solid and substantive sitdown. But then the Associated Press slapped this headline on the story:
“Trump Tells AP He Won’t Accept Blame If GOP Loses House.”
That’s pretty eye-catching, a preemptive alibi less than three weeks before the midterms. It got picked up by Drudge and a whole lot of other places. But it doesn’t match what Trump said.
Asked if he would accept any responsibility if the Democrats capture the House, the president responded:
“No, I think I’m helping people. They would say that in the old days that if you got the support of a president or if you’ve got the support of somebody it would be nice to have, but it meant nothing, zero. Like literally zero. Some of the people I’ve endorsed have gone up 40 and 50 points just on the endorsement.”
Come on: “No, I think I’m helping people” is not even close to “I won’t accept responsibility if my party gets shellacked.” Trump didn’t even address the possibility of the GOP losing the House. That’s the wire-service equivalent of clickbait. (Though I’d like to see any candidate who went up 50 points [!] based on a Trumpian endorsement.)
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