https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/21/2018-midterms-republicans-trump-warning-312404

Republicans warn Trump of 2018 bloodbath

The White House knows the midterm election will probably be bad. Behind the scenes, top aides are scrambling to avoid the worst.

By ALEX ISENSTADT 12/21/2017 09:55 PM EST

A few weeks before Alabama's special Senate election, President Donald Trumpís handpicked Republican National Committee leader, Ronna Romney McDaniel, delivered a two-page memo to White House chief of staff John Kelly outlining the partyís collapse with female voters.

The warning, several people close to the chairwoman said, reflected deepening anxiety that a full-throated Trump endorsement of accused child molester Roy Moore in the special election ó which the president was edging closer to at the time ó would further damage the partyís standing with women. McDanielís memo, which detailed the president's poor approval numbers among women nationally and in several states, would go unheeded, as Trump eventually went all-in for the ultimately unsuccessful Republican candidate.

The backstage talks provide a window into how those closest to Trump are bracing for a possible bloodbath in the 2018 midterms, which could obliterate the Republican congressional majorities and paralyze the presidentís legislative agenda. The potential for a Democratic wave has grown after Republican losses this fall in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama, and as the presidentís approval ratings have plummeted to the 30s.
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