MSNBC analyst explains how Trump may be priming Republicans to blame Russia and refuse to concede midterm losses
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On Tuesday, Donald Trump tweeted to claim that Russia would interfere in the 2018 midterm elections to help Democrats.


Why would he make such a claim? Nicolle Wallace held a panel discussion of the subject on Tuesday.

Jason Johnson of The Root said that Trump is trying to spin the loss of the House of Representatives.

"This is also convenient, because the polling this week is terrible," he said. "It's not just his polling, it's dragging down the Republican Party."

If Democrats take control of one house of Congress and Republicans try to claim Russia interfered to make that happen, Johnson is concerned about how the country will move forward.

"[It's great if] the Democrats take the House or Senate, as long as it's a safe and honest and ethical election—but what concerns me is the Roy Moores of the world," he said. "I don't want a situation where a Democratic or Republican candidate wins and the other opponent refuses to concede because they say it's part of the Russia conspiracy. That is as damaging to America as if the Republicans keep the House."

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