MSNBC's Chris Hayes says Donald Trump SCREWED Republicans after 'red wave' fails to materialize
Hayes, 43, was part of MSNBC's election night panel when he chimed in on the lack of anticipated victories by the GOP
MSNBC host Chris Hayes warned Republicans about their support of former President Donald Trump after a "red wave" of Republican victories apparently failed to materialize in the midterm elections.
Hayes, 43, was part of MSNBC's election night panel when he chimed in on the lack of anticipated victories by the GOP. The newscaster pinned the blame on failed endorsements by the former POTUS. Trump's endorsees did not fare well in some elections in Colorado, where Republican Rep Lauren Boebert appeared to lose to Democrat Adam Frisch, and in Pennsylvania where Mehmet Oz appeared to lose the Senate race to John Fetterman. On the other hand, Trump-endorsed candidate JD Vance took the Senate seat for Ohio and Ted Budd also won the Senate race in North Carolina.
"I think part of the fretting is the 2016 PTSD, like, really, that was a seismic event in the history of American politics, in the history of the world, in the history of American democracy, right?" Hayes told his fellow panel members. The news anchor recalled how he told Democratic strategist James Carville in 2016 that he didn't think former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was going to win the election. "I think that goes both ways. Democrats have this sort of insecurity, right, I think Republicans still ascribe to that man this totemic power that he does not have. He doesn't have some magic power, I'm telling you, Republicans."
The left-leaning panel seemed to be disappointed by the GOP's landslide victories in Florida, where both Republicans Gov Ron DeSantis and Sen Marco Rubio won their reelection campaigns by sizeable margins. "What camera am I looking at? He doesn't have a magic power, he is unpopular," Hayes continued, looking straight into the camera. "He is unpopular. He screwed you today. He screwed you!" he said emphatically. "It's not the full story, I totally agree," Hayes concluded, "but it is part of the story and the sooner you dump him, the better it is for the Republican party and for American democracy, full stop!"
"I think Republicans still ascribe to that man this totemic power that he does not have. He doesn't have some magic power," says @chrislhayes on Donald Trump.— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) November 9, 2022
"Republicans: He is unpopular. He screwed you today. He screwed you." pic.twitter.com/01LJN4Tlxd
Earlier in the day, Trump told NewsNation that he would accept credit for Republican wins, but couldn't be blamed for their losses. “Well, I think if they win, I should get all the credit,” he said. “And if they lose, I should not be blamed at all, OK. But it’ll probably be just the opposite.” The former president added, “Usually what would happen is, when they do well, I won’t be given any credit, and if they do badly, they will blame everything on me. So I’m prepared for anything, but we’ll defend ourselves.”
Trump, however, was probably expecting a much better performance by Republican candidates this November. He and his closest aides planned to use the hotly anticipated "red wave" to help energize Republicans for his 2024 presidential run, per CNBC. The former president suggested over the weekend that he will announce his third run for the White House on November 15. That said, it remains to be seen how Trump will use the mixed results on Tuesday to build his 2024 campaign narrative.