President Donald Trump is preparing ways to challenge the 2018 midterm elections results if Democrats are able to pull off a narrow win, according to veteran journalist Carl Bernstein.
> During an appearance on CNN, Bernstein said his sources relayed this information to him on Friday, warning that Trump has talked about a disruption campaign if the results are close but have the Democrats taking control of the House or Senate.
> "I talked to people ... in touch with the White House on Friday who believe that, if the congressional midterms are very close and the Democrats were to win by five or seven seats, that Trump is already talking about how to throw legal challenges into the courts, sow confusion, declare a victory actually, and say that the election's been illegitimate," Bernstein said after being asked if Trump's challenge to fraudulent voters was a form of voter suppression.
> "That is really under discussion in the White House," he added.
The scenario Trump fears is a real possibility: an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday indicates Democrats have a 9-point lead over Republicans.
Trump has said if Republicans lose control of the House, it won’t be his fault — he will hold Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan responsible for November’s results.
The Hill reported Monday that sources close to the president say he sees the 2020 election as a referendum on himself — “the real election” — not the midterms.
> “These are their elections … and if they screw it up, it’s not my fault," Politico reported Trump as saying, citing one person with knowledge of these talks.