CNN's Chris Cuomo Says Senate GOP under Trump Has Swallowed 'Manure...With a Big Smile'

CNN host Chris Cuomo said Monday that the GOP—facing a possible Democratic sweep of the presidency, Senate and House of Representatives—would have only themselves to blame for an electoral wipeout on Tuesday, a result he said would be down to the party's loyalty to the most divisive president in modern American history.

The Quote

"You know, in terms of what decides the transfer here, I don't really think it's on Trump. I don't think it's fair on one level to put it on him because we all know what his capabilities are. It's on his party."

"And it was interesting for me to hear former governor [John] Kasich say: 'I think the party will step up.' Where does that confidence come from? We have never seen Republicans swallow the kind of manure that they have with a big smile on their face for the last few years."

Why it Matters

The GOP could be facing a wipe out this week, with Biden ahead in the presidential race polls, Democrats almost certain to maintain control of the House, and a number of tight Senate races that could flip control to the Democrats.

There are 35 Senate seats up for grabs, with 14 considered in play. The Cook Report's final analysis of the contest said that the "Democrats remain the clear favorites to take back the Senate."

GOP lawmakers could suffer from their allegiance to Trump in areas voting against the president. More women, suburban voters and the young are turning away from Trump and the GOP after four tumultuous years.

Republican senators have said as much. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska told constituents on a conference call last month: "I'm worried that if President Trump loses—as looks likely — that he's going to take the Senate down with him."

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz—who ran against Trump for the GOP nomination in 2016 but afterwards became a staunch ally of the president—told CNBC that an angry electorate means "we could lose the White House and both houses of Congress," representing "a bloodbath of Watergate proportions."

The Republican Senate has dutifully approved all three of Trump's Supreme Court picks, despite serious concerns over the conduct of Brett Kavanaugh, or the qualifications and political beliefs of Amy Coney Barrett.

GOP senators also voted to acquit the president after he was impeached by the House over his alleged abuse of power regarding Ukraine.

"I don't see how we hold it," Chip Felkel, an anti-Trump Republican strategist in South Carolina told the Associated Press. "You'd be hard pressed to admit we don't have a Trump problem."

Counterpoint

The GOP has broken with Trump on some issues. The delayed second coronavirus stimulus bill is perhaps the most consequential in the run up to the election.

Despite pressure from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow a vote on a $1.8 trillion bailout agreed by the Democrats and the president, even as unemployment rises and the coronavirus continues to spread.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell departs the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. He has refused to allow a vote on a $1.8 trillion bailout. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images/Getty