Trump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE privately told donors at a Nashville, Tenn., fundraiser on Thursday that he thinks it will be “very tough” for Republicans to keep their majority in the Senate, adding that he would not support certain GOP senators, according to The Washington Post

The fundraiser was held the same night of the final presidential debate, which also took place in Nashville. 

“I think the Senate is tough actually. The Senate is very tough,” Trump said at the Nashville Marriott event, an attendee told the Post. “There are a couple senators I can’t really get involved in. I just can’t do it. You lose your soul if you do. I can’t help some of them. I don’t want to help some of them.”


The attendee spoke to the news outlet on the condition of anonymity because the event was a private, closed-door gathering. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House and representatives of the Trump campaign for comment. 

During Thursday’s presidential debate, Trump said he believes Republicans will instead take back control of the House, where Democrats currently hold a majority. 

"I think we're going to win the House," Trump said, speaking from the debate stage in Nashville. 

He later said that he believes his party will take back the House in part because of the behavior of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump shows he holds stranglehold on GOP, media in CPAC barnburner Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE (D-Calif.), blaming her for delays on a new coronavirus stimulus bill.  


However, Republicans would need a net gain of 18 seats to flip the House on Election Day, and Inside Elections has projected Democrats will pick up a net of 10 to 20 seats in the lower chamber. The  Cook Political Report has also predicted Democrats are likely to expand their majority. 

When it comes to the Senate, however, the Post reported that some strategists believe that Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his behavior in the first presidential debate, have helped shift races in favor of Democrats. 

Republicans currently hold a 53-47 majority in the upper chamber. Should Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE win the presidency, Democrats would need to gain three seats to claim a Senate majority. 

The Post reported that National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jesse Hunt expressed doubt about the idea that Trump does not support some Senate Republicans.

“The Republican-led Senate and President Trump have had a great partnership over the last four years, highlighted by the fact the chamber is poised to confirm a third Trump Supreme Count [Court] nominee in the coming days,” Hunt told the Post Saturday, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump shows he holds stranglehold on GOP, media in CPAC barnburner Trump rules out starting a new party: 'Fake news' Sunday shows - Trump's reemergence, COVID-19 vaccines and variants dominate MORE’s (R-Ky.) efforts to hold a Senate vote on Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettThe Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election McConnell backs Garland for attorney general MORE’s confirmation on Monday. 


“Nancy Pelosi has turned the House into a liberal nightmare and if Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE gets control of the Senate, he’ll do the same thing,” Hunt added. 

The NRSC did not immediately respond to The Hill’s requests for comment Saturday. 

Mandi Merritt, National Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee (RNC) told The Hill that, "The enthusiasm for President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot remains sky high." 

"The RNC has built the biggest and most sophisticated Get Out The Vote program in history, and we are confident that voters will turn out to elect Republicans as they understand what is at stake this election - freedom and prosperity under President Trump and Republicans, or a ‘dark winter’ ahead under Joe Biden and Democrats,” she continued. 

GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Collins urges Biden to revisit order on US-Canada border limits MORE (Maine), Cory GardnerCory GardnerBiden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 MORE (Colo.), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyNew rule shakes up Senate Armed Services subcommittees The Seventeenth Amendment and the censure of Donald Trump Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly jokes about piloting congressional subway MORE (Ariz.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump MORE (N.C.) are among the most vulnerable lawmakers in the upper chamber this election cycle. 

Additionally, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPortman on Trump's dominance of GOP: Republican Party's policies are 'even more popular' Overnight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents MORE (R-S.C.), a top Trump ally, faces a tightening race against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, who raised approximately $22 million in the first two weeks of October, $7 million more than Graham, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings

The latest polling average from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight places Harrison at two percentage points ahead of Graham, although a recent New York Times/Siena College poll has Graham six points ahead of Harrison, and Quinnipiac University has labeled the race a tie in its three latest polls.