Republican voters failed to make the projected "red wave" Republican legislators and pollsters were counting on to regain control of Congress following the midterm elections, but that didn't stop Donald Trump Jr. from declaring a premature victory.
Trump Jr. is currently being roasted online for a tweet calling the election a "bloodbath" for Republicans. His tweet hasn't aged well at all in light of the fact that control of Congress still hangs in the balance and will come down to contests in Nevada, Arizona and Georgia, where some races are still too close to call.
You can see his tweet below.
Millions of votes still need to be counted and it appears likely that Republicans may not unseat a single Democratic Senate or gubernatorial incumbent. Additionally, Democrats could even pick up seats in the Senate.
That's far from the "bloodbath" Trump Jr. was celebrating and he was swiftly mocked for it.
\u201cYes, but not for you\u201d— Ellie \u2728\u2665\ufe0f\ud83e\udd42\u2721\ufe0f\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f (@Ellie \u2728\u2665\ufe0f\ud83e\udd42\u2721\ufe0f\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f) 1668011483
\u201cHe was talking about the ketchup running down the walls at Mar a Lago.\u201d— Scottacular (@Scottacular) 1668046574
\u201cThis tweet aged so well that Matt Gaetz is no longer interested in it\u201d— Angry Staffer \ud83c\udf3b (@Angry Staffer \ud83c\udf3b) 1668028220
\u201cNarrator: \u201cIt was, in fact, not a bloodbath.\u201d\u201d— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project) 1668003656
\u201cYou got another nosebleed, bro? Need a tissue?\u201d— ChaosPigeon - This machine irks fascists -\u270a\ud83c\udffc\ud83c\udf0a\u267f\ufe0f (@ChaosPigeon - This machine irks fascists -\u270a\ud83c\udffc\ud83c\udf0a\u267f\ufe0f) 1668051851
In many ways, this year's midterm elections were seen as a referendum on how much sway Trump Jr.'s father—former Republican President Donald Trump—and his rhetoric still has over the American electorate.
The lack of a "red wave"—which Republican politicians and pollsters had long predicted—indicates that many voters have repudiated his lies and blatant attempts to subvert the democratic process.
The elder Trump earlier lashed out at two Republican Senate nominees who lost their races after disavowing his unfounded claims of election fraud.
The New York Times reported that "Trump-backed candidates lost or were faring poorly" in key states and that the "close races on the rest of the electoral map confounded Mr. Trump," who had expected the projected "red wave" to materialize.
Although Trump endorsed about 300 candidates during the midterm election cycle—and Republicans saw key victories in states like Ohio and Florida—it is evident that his "quest for redemption" after losing the last presidential election has not necessarily resulted in Republicans remaining loyal to him, hurting his chances should he announce he will run in 2024.