President Donald Trump is unable to attack Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) the way he normally lashes out at Republican critics, NBC News White House correspondent Hans Nichols explained on Saturday.
“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent,” Collins said, as the Bangor Daily News reported.
“It’s completely inappropriate,” the GOP senator added.
With the remarks, Collins joined Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in having criticized Trump for the solicitations of foreign election interference that is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
“On Friday, [Trump] said he thinks he’s going to be impeached,” Nichols reported. “He thinks Democrats have the votes.”
“At the same time, he’s counting on the Senate not to convict him,” he continued. “And he thinks he has Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on his side and he thinks he has about 95% of Republicans. So that may explain why he’s been so harsh in his attacks on Romney today.”
“We’ll see, crucially, if he says anything towards Susan Collins. She’s up for re-election in 2020, she’s in-cycle and it that makes it a precarious position for the president to attack Collins,” Nichols explained.
The Electoral College may also influence Trump’s thinking.
“The president may also need that one electoral vote in Maine. Maine is one of two states where they split some electoral votes based on which congressional district you win. And you talk to the president’s advisers, they want to steal a congressional district and win Maine’s second congressional district to make sure they have one more Electoral College vote,” Nichols added.
Clinton drops a stunning claim: Russia is grooming a 2020 Democrat to launch third-party presidential run
Hillary Clinton just dropped a bombshell. The former 2016 Democratic presidential nominee who won the popular vote by close to 3 million more votes than the current president is accusing Russia of grooming a current 2020 Democrat, specifically a woman, to launch a third party run for the White House – to ensure Donald Trump wins re-election.
Russia knows they “they can’t win without a third-party candidate,” Clinton told David Plouffe on his podcast Campaign HQ, as Mediaite reports.
GOP giving up trying to reclaim House seats as 2020 wipeout looms: report
Faced with a ticket likely headed by an unpopular president and watching the Democrats rake in campaign cash ahead of the 2020 election, the Republican Party is conceding they will not win back the House by reclaiming seats they lost in the so-called 2018 "blue wave" election.
According to a report from Politico, Democratic candidates have been stockpiling massive amounts of cash to wage war in what is expected to be a high turnout election with Donald Trump as the face of the Republican Party and seats that the GOP thought they might have a shot at now appearing unattainable.
Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech
President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.
Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.
"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."
In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.
He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.
"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.