Ari Fleischer: 'I do fear a wave election' for Dems

Ari Fleischer: 'I do fear a wave election' for Dems
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Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer is warning that Democrats may make major gains in this year's midterm elections, warning President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE and his fellow Republicans that they should be concerned.

“They absolutely should worry about 2018,” Fleischer told Politico in a report published Tuesday. 


“I do fear a wave election. Democrats are highly motivated to vote against Trump and all Republicans," he said.

The former spokesman for President George W. Bush indicated that near-record low approval ratings for the president are a sign Republicans are in trouble in November, saying that "Trump has got to grow beyond the base, and he has got to make himself less hated among a group in the middle."

Fleischer has repeatedly warned that Democrats "will kill" the GOP in the 2018 midterms unless Trump does something to boost his popularity with voters outside of his base.

Virginia Democrat Ralph Northam easily won his gubernatorial race over Republican Ed Gillespie in November. Democrats also seized the governor's mansion in New Jersey.

In December, a Democrat won an Alabama Senate seat for the first time in decades. Democratic candidate Doug Jones beat out Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign had been dogged with allegations of sexual misconduct.

Jones is scheduled to be sworn into office on Wednesday, narrowing Republican control of the Senate to 51-49.