Washington: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told CNBC on Friday that the GOP could face “a bloodbath of Watergate proportions” on Election Day if voters are feeling “depressed” about the economy and the pandemic.
“I am worried. It’s volatile, it’s highly volatile … if people are going back to work, if they’re optimistic, if they’re positive about the future, we could see a fantastic election — the president getting reelected with a big margin, Republicans winning both Houses of Congress and I think that’s a real possibility,” Cruz said, adding,
“But I also think if on Election Day people are angry and they’ve given up hope and they’re depressed, which is what Pelosi and Schumer want them to be, I think it could be a terrible election. I think we could lose the White House and both houses of Congress, that it could be a bloodbath of Watergate proportions.”
Meanwhile, a few Republicans have reportedly started to separate themselves from President Trump and his possible political collapse, focusing on his carelessness with the virus.
A senior Republican official told Axios new site that this is less about shaping this election, and more about preparing for the aftermath.
Note what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in Kentucky last Thursday: “I haven’t been to the White House since August the 6th.” He added, “I personally didn’t feel that they were approaching the protection from this illness in the same way that I thought was appropriate for the Senate [masks and distancing] … I think we’ve shown that … we can function safely.” McConnell also did not back $1.8 trillion White House stimulus plan, saying he will move a bill in Senate of trimmed, targeted stimulus.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C), who’s in one of the closest Senate races, acknowledged in an interview with WRAL TV that he erred in going without a mask at a White House reception that has been linked to a cluster of cases, including his own.
The bottom line, comments Axios, is that most Republican consultants fear that the White House is gone — they’re pinning their hopes on the Senate.