Trump 'shaped the narrative' of midterms to his advantage, says Dem pollster

Democratic pollster Nancy Zdunkewicz said on Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE has "shaped the narrative" following last month's midterm elections in an attempt to make it look like he stands a strong chance of being reelected in 2020.  

"If you think about the election we just had, part of the reason that I think he's running ahead in terms of the belief he might be reelected is because of the way that he shaped the narrative about the Democratic victory," Zdunkewicz, managing director of Democracy Corps, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"Also, we were simply unable to gain as many seats as Republicans are able to in the House because of the nature of districting and the fact that we are concentrated in urban areas, and gerrymandering," she continued. 

"So, maybe you didn't understand that this was a huge victory for Democrats, a historic one in fact, and the way that Donald Trump has portrayed this, makes you feel a little bit more confident that he might actually had done better than we expected," she said. 

Despite major Democratic gains in the House and statehouses across the country, Trump touted Republican victories in the Senate at a press conference the day after the midterms. 

"It was a big day yesterday. An incredible day. And last night, the Republican Party defied history to expand our Senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the House for the midtown and midterm year," Trump told reporters in November. 

"We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage driven by Democrats’ wealthy donors and special interests, and very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly. The media coverage set a new record and a new standard," he continued. 

A recent Fox News poll found that 52 percent of respondents said they did not think Trump would be reelected in 2020, while 39 percent said they believed he would gain a second term. 

— Julia Manchester