President Trump on Tuesday encouraged Republicans in Pennsylvania to challenge the way that the state's Supreme Court redrew congressional districts to more closely reflect the partisan composition of the state, saying that the original districts drawn by Republicans were “correct.”
As part of a gerrymandering case, the court created a map that's more compact and splits fewer counties and municipal areas than the Republican map, which has been used in the past three congressional elections. Analysts predict that the new boundaries could allow Democrats to pick up several U.S. House seats.
“Hope Republicans in the Great State of Pennsylvania challenge the new 'pushed' Congressional Map, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary,” Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday morning. “Your Original was correct! Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you so that they can raise taxes & waste money!”
The tweet was one of more than half a dozen that the president sent Tuesday morning, most of which complained about the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Democrats and former president Barack Obama. Trump appeared to start his day, as he often does, by watching “Fox & Friends” and tweeting his responses. At one point, the three hosts of the conservative morning show — seated on a white couch behind a chyron reading: “Trump: Why didn't Obama do something?” — featured some of Trump's recent tweets and discussed why Obama didn't do more to prevent Russian meddling in the election.
The president responded at 7:24 a.m. and thanked the morning show for their “great timeline on all of the failures the Obama Administration had against Russia.”
The “Fox & Friends” team then played a clip of Obama speaking about three weeks before the election, responding to Trump's assertions at the time that the general election would be rigged against him and insisting that there was no way to rig a U.S. election. Steve Doocy, one of the show's hosts, noted that when Obama made this statement, he knew that the Russians were trying to influence the presidential election.
Trump responded by tweeting a quote from Obama that was featured in the clip and then commented: “That’s because he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn’t want to 'rock the boat.' When I easily won the Electoral College, the whole game changed and the Russian excuse became the narrative of the Dems.”
“Fox & Friends” also featured a new survey conducted by the New York Times and Survey Monkey that found growing support for the Republican tax cuts. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed this month approved of the tax overhaul — up from 46 percent in January and 37 percent in December.
“What's going on? Well, people are realizing they got a little more money in their paycheck, plus all of those tax cuts impact the companies, so they're able to give $1,000 bonuses, $2,000 bonuses, as well,” Doocy said.
Trump chimed in and seemed to point to another poll, one recently released by McLaughlin & Associates, that shows Democrats leading a generic 2018 congressional matchup. Although this sort of polling has tightened, it has yet to show Republicans in the lead, as the president has repeatedly claimed.
Later in the morning, the “Fox & Friends” crew interviewed Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, about the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference that starts on Feb. 21. Trump responded on Twitter, calling the conference “another exciting event” and noting that there's now a “big difference from those days when President Obama held the White House.”
And the president tweeted about the new congressional map in Pennsylvania, which “Fox & Friends” had also reported on that morning, noting that the new boundaries could benefit Democrats. The president then came back around to Russia and Obama, tweeting: “I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts. Total Fake News!”