Trump: I Always Pick The Winners (He Doesn’t)

Politico reports:

President Donald Trump on Monday predicted that Republicans will perform “very well” in next year’s mid-term elections, touting his party’s record last year in special elections to fill vacant House seats while claiming that he had predicted recent GOP losses in Virginia and Alabama.

It was not clear why the president put “I” in quotation marks. Trump also appended the Twitter username for Fox News’s “Fox & Friends” morning show, a program where he receives almost unflinchingly positive coverage, to the end of his post.

Despite Trump’s claims that he predicted the respective losses of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie in Virginia and senatorial candidate Roy Moore in Alabama, the president was outward in his support for both candidates.

Trump endorsed both and implored voters to support them via Twitter. In Moore’s case, Trump recorded a robocall on behalf of the GOP candidate and stumped for him at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, just across the Alabama state line.

  • Comixbear

    It must be time for this week’s outrage….The Orange Pimpfromhell has started on his latest meaningless diversion.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Remember when Republicans would accuse Obama of being a narcissist because they thought he used “I” in his speeches too many times? Good times!

  • Tawreos

    Someone should explain to him that his base may believe his bullshit, but most of the country doesn’t and he just looks stupid.

    • -M-

      He only cares about what he can get his idiot supporters to do, not how stupid he looks in the process.

  • kareemachan

    Quel dipshit.

    • Oneofthebobs

      That explains the quotation marks.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Oh, he’s not dead? I’m going back to bed. Maybe tomorrow….

    • John Davis

      Now I know what you and I BOTH want for Christmas from Santa Claus !

  • Acronym Jim

    You can’t spell Putin without an “I.”

  • Gustav2

    Damn. do you think he is reading the avalanche of polls, and actual votes, that at are anti-Trumpian Party?

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    It’s perfectly clear why he put the scare quotes on the “I”. He’s an “I”diot.

  • Tawreos

    If he really was predicting he would win the presidency then why did he spend so much time talking about how it is all rigged against him?

    • Acronym Jim

      No, no! He just said it was rigged. One of the few times he was telling the truth.

      • Brad Fulton

        You should mutter to yourself more quietly.

        • Acronym Jim

          So the 17 different intelligence agencies that determined the Russian state meddled in the election to favor Trump were all wrong?

      • grindstone

        He told us the truth every day: “It’s rigged. It’s rigged. We’re gonna win.” The only time EVER he wasn’t lying.

        • Prost Seattle

          He told us the “truth” everyday.

          Reminds me of an episode of Friends where Joey couldn’t get the air quotes quite right.

    • Treant

      Shh! Facts are not what’s for breakfast, although your chocolate ration will be increased from 21 grams to 15 grams.

  • Acronym Jim

    I’m guessing he put “I” in quotes in a passive-aggressive snit over Ivanka telling him it makes him look stupid when he uses the royal “we.”

  • Treant

    Congress includes the Senate, darling. Which means that no, you aren’t 5-0. Also, backing Strange initially makes you 5-2 at best, not including other candidates that never made it to a race.

    • Joe in PA

      I’m always amazed at how many people equate “congress” with the House of Representatives only. Sad!

      • John Davis

        I’m sure Donny is yet to discover that there’s a difference and actually two (2) distinct legislative bodies with separate and distinct roles and missions. Someone of Faux should explain it to him in those early morning hours when he’s in bed watching “Faux and Feinds”…and yes I said “Feinds”… feind: def. “a person who is addicted to something or has an intense craving for something”.

        • David Walker

          You may be giving the F-ers more credit than they deserve.

      • prixator

        When someone talks about their congressman (or congresswoman), don’t they almost always mean their Rep.?

        • Joe in PA

          They do. And they would be right, they are their congress[wo]man. But the Senate is also part of the “Congress”. It’s weird and a LOT of people mess it up.

    • Todd20036

      Also, the house special elections were back when people really thought trump was going to get Mexico to build a wall and he had a better health care plan

    • ColdCountry

      I was wondering about that; how he could say he was 5-0 and then say he lost one. Maths are hard for some people, I guess.

      • David Walker

        He can say that because he’s in la-la-land where everything goes the way he says it. Fucking moron.

    • Bob Conti

      Thank you. The dolt doesn’t even know the the distinction between “Congress” and the “House of Representatives.”

  • JTC

    You went 5-0…in rather red districts, plus you went 0-2 in fucking Alabama. Don’t act like you didn’t endorse Luther Strange and then deleted your supportive tweet for him after he had lost.

    • -M-

      Even those red districts they won saw a huge swing toward the Democrats.

  • Ninja0980

    Lying liar says what?

  • Christopher
  • shellback
    • TheGrandWazoo2
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    • Gerry Fisher

      Thanks. I feel better now. [smiles]

      • shellback

        “If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel as if our hard work ain’t been in vain for nothing.” Lina Lamont

    • safari

      It captures everything I wanted to say.

  • greenmanTN
  • Harveyrabbit
  • Treant

    Not Very OT: Can I take a bet that, next Monday morning, he’ll be up and Tweeting about how Christmas is great because of him, so great it might as well be Donny’s birthday, and that all those presents under the tree? They came from him. He might as well have bought all of them.

    • Gustav2

      Wait…It isn’t Donnie’s birthday?

      Don’t tell Fox News.

    • Joe in PA

      I’m hoping that by next Monday…he’ll be in custody!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    He’s completely insane. I think this is going to be a really bad week for the country.

    • Treant

      Good news! Congress won’t do anything about it!

      Oh, wait, that’s not good news.

      • John Davis

        I don’t think Congress has done anything good about this nation since about 2011, when Republicans took over the majority. Coincidence? I think not! They all are sell-outs to their rich and corporate contributors.

        • canoebum

          Do good? Their purpose is to wreck it as fast as possible. “They stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast”.

          • thatotherjean

            Ever since Obama was elected and spent the period that the Democrats had a supermajority in Congress trying to make nice to Republicans and get them on board (he was a community organizer–it’s what they do, but I still have a hard time forgiving him for wasting that time), Republicans have spent all their time being the not-at-all loyal opposition. By now, it’s all they know how to do, and they’re not about to give it up.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        It’s not even news !

    • JCF

      And every week under the Drumpf Regime feels like a century…

  • PickyPecker
  • HZ81

    Miss Cleo a l’ Orange you ain’t, POTUS shithead.

    Also apologies as I am not sure if Joe reported this already as I have yet to get my morning scroll on, but Track Palin was arrested again! Teehee!!!

    • carrot festival

      Did he cut the brake lines on his dad’s snowmobile? Again

      • greenmanTN

        Track just doesn’t have any ambition, unlike those nice Menendez brothers. Now they had spunk!

        • Christopher

          Some might call it gumption!

          Quick! Somebody teach Barron about the Menendez brothers.

    • Harveyrabbit

      For, among other things, domestic violence. The Palin family has asked for privacy regarding this matter so let’s make sure no one ever ever mentions this again. M’kay?

  • Tawreos

    The man that doesn’t have time to watch TV always seems to have time to mention TV shows and networks.

  • GayOldLady


  • greenmanTN

    Photographic evidence of Trump picking a winner…

  • BeaverTales

    In 2018, Republicans won’t do well if the Democrats put up good candidates. It’s up to Democrats to capitalize on Trump’s failure in good governance and turn it into a convincing number of Congressional wins. Doug Jones was an exceptionally good candidate who almost lost to a Christianist pedophile. We need to get young people excited about a Democratic agenda and not just outraged at the Trump agenda.

    • KnownDonorDad

      100% correct.

    • Longpole

      “Doug Jones was an exceptionally good candidate who almost lost to a Christianist pedophile”
      This is a warning to all Democrats, Berniecrates, Susan Surandon’s, Rosanne Barr’s and the like.
      There is no room to get comfortable, complacent or any more purity candidate ideas.
      Remember; more Supreme Court picks are coming. Dems need majority in both houses so they can “Bork” their nominations.

      • bobbleobble

        You’re absolutely correct but for a lot of the people you’ve listed it’s more important to them to be right than it is to compromise. They’d rather lose than concede even an inch. Sarandon is still bleating about how dangerous Clinton was and how we’d be at war now had she won even as we careen towards wars with Iran and North Korea and Drumpf sets fire to the Middle East.

        • thatotherjean

          Then the rest of us need to get out the vote. Forget Clinton, the Berniecrats, and the Jill Stein voters and work like hell to get the non-political, the uninformed, and the lazy folks registered and to the polls on election day for the midterms. It doesn’t matter right now how we lost the last one; what matters is winning the next one.

        • Longpole

          Yes you are on to something.
          I think trump will either use a war to rally support or he will make the “Pivot” toward becoming more presidential and less confrontational to trick some libs and independents to go back to their comfortable, purity zone.

      • BeaverTales

        Honestly, please allow me to finish my own thought. It was the Hillary supporters who were applying the purity tests and cutting backroom deals with each other to freeze out any new ideas for the platform that didn’t come from Hillary herself. That wasn’t Bernie’s fault. Hillary’s campaign told Bernie voters that her campaign didn’t want our help on how best to do outreach, just the mailing list.

        I can guarantee that WI, MI and PA voters stopped listening to the billion dollars in junk mail oversaturated TV and radio ads when she never addressed the wikileaks scandal or their concerns about TPP, education, the zombie banks and they unfortunately decided to support other candidates or stay home.

        Trump was at least smart enough to run with Pence to consolidate his base into a solid block. Hillary? well, it had to be her way or the highway. Her message to Bernie voters was she can win without them or their advice on issues that are important in their diverse states.

        Calling Bernie voters ‘impure’ losers surprisingly didn’t get them out to the polls. The problem was that too many Bernie supporters believed Hillary when she told them they could go fuck themselves and they stayed home. Her ‘surrogates’ didn’t care because she was going to win it all on her own. Her pollsters said so!!!


        Calling anyone who supported Bernie ‘not a real Democrat’, and ignoring them is what cost Hillary votes in most swing states and in 3 very crucial blue ones that hadn’t voted for a Republican POTUS in 30+ years. People like Wasserman-Schultz and Weiner were not good candidates, but a smarter politician would have distanced herself from them. Rewarding loyalty from scumbags most likely cost her crucial votes.

        If the DNC respected its own electorate enough to not stack the cards in favor of Hillary and asked themselves why an outsider like Bernie was running so well in states like MI and WI. Trump’s candidacy would have been a punchline in 2017.

        The average American in a swing demographic in a swing state is going to be more motivated by voting for a good candidate than by voting against a bad one. Let’s not forget that.

        • Longpole

          Bernie was an Independent running for the Democrat nominee. Not that it’s fair but the reality is the Democratic party was not obligated to make him their nominee.
          Hopefully, the Democratic party will remember that he won primaries 22 states and adopt some of his ideas.
          Roseanne Barr called Hillary a “Corporatist” what that hell does that make Trump?
          Rosanne, Jill and Susan didnt think about the Supreme Court and judge nominations that pence whispers into Trump’s ears, or even worry about how it might affect them.
          I hope someone sends them a copy of the Handmaid’s Tale.

          • BeaverTales

            Hillary was gonna show the Bernie supporters how useless they were, and she did a bangup job of it. Arrogance doesn’t win elections. The Electoral College does. Rule 101 of winning American elections: Don’t insult and ignore your own base…. We went from 50 state strategy in 2008 to wasting 1.2 Billion of cash that could have gone to Democratic candidates in swing states.

            The convention stopped being a ‘come together’ moment on Party unity and became a coronation of someone too cowardly to directly address the misdeeds and skullduggery of some of her worst supporters.

            Calling fence-sitting voters in the swing states she needed ‘Deplorables’ and ‘basement dwellers’ didn’t help her on November 6 either. She left a needlessly self-inflicted wound on her own party that the Russians and RWNJs trolls exploited.

            Hillary rewarding Wasserman Schultz with a top position in her campaign did far more damage to her campaign than any drunken rants from a few washed up B-listers like Roseanne Barr or Susan Sarandon.

            The DNC didn’t think. They weren’t “doing Bernie a favor” by allowing him to campaign as a Democrat. How stupid….would they have preferred Bernie run as an independent like John Anderson in 1980?

            All Bernie got as a reward for campaigning for Hillary after his treatment by the DNC was a swift kick in the balls for “not being Democrat enough”. He lost face with his own base by campaigning for Hillary. Hillary did nothing to help herself by avoiding any campaigning in Wisconsin or Michigan or states where she had a real contest with Bernie.

            Someone needs to send the DNC political elite copies of ‘Animal Farm’ to show them that some animals aren’t more equal than others. Add the ‘Little Red Hen’ or ‘the Grasshopper and the Ant’ so they realize that the world doesn’t owe them anything. You have to convince voters to elect YOU by listening to their concerns, not by treating the opponent’s supporters as unworthy of your time and concern.

  • netxtown

    like shit paper stuck on a shoe…it’s dotard

  • Christopher
  • olandp

    When you hedge your bets, you can always be right. I can say I was right that the Dotard would be elected because I said that Republicans are stupid enough to elect him. I also said that it looked like Hillary would win.

    I was right, no matter what.

  • John Davis

    Losing is how The Donald describes “winning” to his loyal Faux-viewing sheep. SAD!

  • Rex

    He tweets to convince himself – sad.

    • Treant

      And you know he’s the sort to compulsively check the number of likes and re-Tweets.

      • clay

        . . . but he doesn’t do that relative to others, so he never has to compare himself to them, just be at numbers greater than zero.

  • PickyPecker
    • DaddyRay

      It is a twisted version of Farmville

    • GanymedeRenard


    • JCF

      Hands are WAY too big!

  • rednekokie

    It would be so nice (although, I realize, quite impossible) for the national idiot to stop (for awhile) worrying about wins and losses (he has no wins) and actually try to do the work he was selected for. (although I realize that he hasn’t a clue what the word “work” actually means).

    • thatotherjean

      Oh, gods, no! What he wants to do has nothing to do with what’s good for America, only what’s good for him and his BFF Vlad. Let him keep busy golfing and tweeting and leaving Bob Mueller alone.

      • rednekokie

        Good point — I’ll have to admit, that I agree with you. Although I think it’s a huuuuuge waste paying him and his tribe to camp out in the White House.

  • Gustav2

    OT: In the comments section of the Columbus Dispatch there are people saying Reagan balanced the budget with his tax cut.

    There is no truth.

    • thatotherjean

      There are a whole lot of deluded people out there. Republicans have been working to delude them for at least the last 30 years–lying and repeating their lies over and over until uninformed people mistook them for truth. Democrats have failed to call them out on it, time after time. We need to change that–not to descend to their level, but to point out every lie, every time, loudly enough to be heard.

    • bzrd

      Reagan’s legislation allowed the government to borrow 2.7 trillion very big $ $$$$$$$$$$$$ from social security since there was a surplus after his tax hike to the system which was to be set aside for retiring baby boomers. Since then, the republikkkunts have kept up the myth the social security is insolvent. They keep quiet about that huge theft.

    • jerry

      Yeah, Reagan campaigned on the horrible deficit in 1980…which was maybe $500-750 billion after 204 years. It was $2.85 trillion when he left.

  • Boreal
  • Yes because presidential candidates are in the habit of predicting their own defeat when campaigning

    You fucking basket-case.

  • ColdCountry

    “I” was in quotation marks because grammar and maths are both hard.

  • clay

    Trump put “I” in quotation marks because he recognizes that he will abandon / be abandoned by the GOP.

  • So in other words, he’s still in contact with the Russians and there will be more hacking…

    Got it.


    • bobbleobble

      See I’m not sure about this. Now that the Russians have seen that Drumpf can’t do anything for them they just want to make sure that the US government is in total chaos. And what better way to do that than by helping out the Democrats next time?! I don’t think they’re in the bag for Donnie.

      • Halou

        He is hard at work trashing European-American relations. The Russians are sure to mine some gold from this pile of shite one way or another. And besides, how better to cause mass unrest in the US than to back a candidate that so so fundamentally corrupt and unpopular?

      • Chucktech

        Nope. Putin’s Russia hates everything that Democrats stand for. Like Democracy, human rights, fair elections, NATO, all things that are anathema to Russia, if not Republlicans.

  • yes b’y
  • bobbleobble

    Even if you only count the House he’s wrong because there was a special election in the California 34th to replace Xavier Becerra who resigned to become California’s AG.That race was won by a Democrat. So in the House they’re 5-1, in Congress 5-2. And the swings in the GOP held districts will be giving Ryan and McConnell sleepless nights, not to mention that Alabama loss.

    In the country as a whole though they’ve been losing state representative elections all over the place. And it wasn’t just Gillespie who lost in Virginia (despite Northam’s lacklustre campaigning) but 15 of his GOP colleagues in the state house.

  • Gerry Fisher

    For various personal and professional reasons, I’ve been running ragged in recent months, and I will be continuing to do so for a few more months. We are going to sell our house and move from Baltimore to the Fort Lauderdale area next year, and it involves re-licensing and a career shift. So…I’m tired. That being said, sometimes when I read these quotes from him, I feel so *extra* tired, exhausted, like someone just added a 50 lb backpack to my shoulders. Thanks, American voters. Ugh. [Takes a deep breath. Refocuses. Gets more caffeine.]

    • GanymedeRenard

      Resist, my friend. We’re all on the same boat. (Sadly.)

    • JCF

      Resist…but also rest. Pace yourself! [That actually goes to EVERYBODY here.]

  • Kevin Andrews

    The ignorance burns.
    The Shitgibbon shows more malignant narcissism, willful-ignorance to pure stupidity than any other Pussy-Grabbing GOTP pedophile.
    Endorsed by the Evangelicals, Scamgelicals, Christ-O-Fascists marching to the Schoffield Buy-Bull (written by a Jew in 1913) who see this as the second coming are exposed and their tithes for lies soon to die.
    The only thing the Shitgibbon knows about winning is: You tell a lie three times and not paying contractors, effectively stealing, just like his “University.”

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    ” I ” think you suck bigly !!

  • bkmn

    What a loser.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • SoCalGal20

      I love her and Cher on Twitter!

  • Halou

    ‘I’ in quote marks because he didn’t win, Putin won.

  • Halou

    Trump is such a loser he managed to make two wrong calls in the same Senate race.

  • Trump put “I” in quotation marks, because in his own mind he is “we”, as in the royal “we”.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    To answer Politico’s question: Like a number of individuals, The Screaming Cheeto uses quotation marks where an underline would actually be more appropriate:

  • John Calendo

    The President put ‘I’ in quotes as a substitute for italics, that is, to emphasize the word. The more common way to signal italics in Twitter and Facebook posts (neither of which allow rich text) is to put a word between stars (*).
    As in:
    *I* alone am the *greatest* and *most popular* PRESIDENT ever!

  • Matt

    I really hate the photos of trump (aside from generally hating to have to even see that MFer at all) where his mouth looks like a giant anus. Yes, I know that’s most photos. Still, it’s disturbing AF.

  • Professor Barnhardt
  • JWC

    Trump is never wrong, apologizes for nothing and will rationalize any situation to show he was justified

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    An important thing to remeber is that the GOP is havig to pour resources and time into defending seats that once were a lock. They may have won seats but they had to defend them. The marign of victory is shrinking too.

  • JHunter

    Jimmy Gomez (D) won special election for CA 34th this year

  • Larry in Oklahoma

    How can a loser (Trump) predict or pick ANY winner!

  • Gianni

    Donnie must get headaches trying to figure out how long is it going to take the rest of us to learn – Donnie is right even when he’s wrong! It’s a simple concept. Cast aside your doubts, oh ye of little faith.