Donald Trump could be the downfall of the Republican Party. A new report revealed on Saturday that Republican lawmakers have grown concerned after Trump dismissed their warning that their party could lose control of the House and the Senate later this year.
According to the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Trump about losing in the midterm elections later this year during a dinner.
“That’s not going to happen,” Trump reportedly said multiple times during the meal, referring to the possibility of the GOP losing its lower-chamber majority.
Eric Beach, a strategist at the pro-Trump Great America PAC, spoke with the Times and said that Trump dismissing McConnell’s warning is just a sign of confidence.
“He doesn’t think that’s how you win elections because that’s not how he won his election,” Beach said. “He knows and understands that the core issues of today are illegal immigration — including building the wall — and trade inequity.”
Trump might be ignoring the fact that Democrats are leading in the polls, but that won’t change the outcome. Republicans in both the Senate and the House are worried that they will lose to Democrats come November.
A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released Friday found Democrats with a double-digit lead on generic House and Senate ballots heading into November.
“Democrats have a significant edge in the midterms as Republicans in Congress have no coherent leadership and a constituency lower than Trump’s,” said Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll Co-Director Mark Penn in the survey’s summary.