As you’ve probably heard by now, the “red wave” or red tsunami or red blowout that Republicans (and the media) had been predicting for the months leading up to the midterms did not come to pass. While control of the House and Senate is still up in the air as of early Wednesday afternoon, the fact that the GOP did not come anywhere near close to thrashing the opposing party—despite historical trends—has been hugely humiliating for the right. And one person in particular is having trouble coping with the results!
According to multiple reports, Donald Trump is in the midst of an hourslong meltdown, given the number of candidates he endorsed who have lost, and the fact that a GOP sweep would have positioned him well to announce a 2024 run for the White House. “Trump is livid” and ”screaming at everyone,” an adviser to the ex-president told CNN’s Jim Acosta Wednesday morning, with the adviser adding that his boss only had himself to blame for backing “bad candidates.”
Likewise, Maggie Haberman tweeted that Trump “is indeed furious this morning, particularly about Mehmet Oz,” who lost to John Fetterman in Pennsylvania, despite conservatives claiming Fetterman is brain-dead. According to Haberman, the 45th president “is blaming everyone who advised him to back Oz” and, hilariously, that blame apparently extends to Melania Trump, whose recommendation to back Oz Trump reportedly described “as not her best decision.” (You know, up there with the one she made, as a young Eastern European model, to marry a gasbag real estate developer and move into his penthouse where he told the decorator, “I want it to be like gold threw up here.”) Oh, to be a fly on the ketchup-stained walls of Mar-a-Lago tonight.
Haberman also noted on Wednesday that “there are people pushing Trump to reschedule his  announcement next week,” in light of the poor showing by his candidates of choice, though that might be unlikely to happen given that it “would be acknowledging he’s wounded by yesterday.” Trump, of course, will never admit that he screwed up and that the only one he has to blame here is himself. The reason we know that, of course, is because he said exactly that even before the results were in.
In related news, the fact that Ron DeSantis won reelection in Florida last night by nearly 20 points is no doubt adding to the dour mood at Mar-a-Lago, given that (1) Trump reportedly “fucking hates DeSantis,” (2) DeSantis is seen as his top competition for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, and (3) Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has all but crowned the Florida governor the new de facto leader of the Republican Party.