President Trump kicked-off a lengthy post-midterm news conference on Wednesday touting gains his party made in the US Senate that bucked historical trends.
Republicans are expected to pickup a net gain of two Senate seats following the midterms. For context, Trump told repoters that during President Barack Obama’s first midterm election that the Democrat’s party lost Senate seats, including in Massachusetts.
“In President Obama’s first midterm he lost six seats, including in the deep blue state of Massachusetts,” Trump said.
Eh — that isn’t exactly true.
Presumbly Trump was talking about Republican Scott Brown’s surprising upset over Democrat Martha Coakley to fill the remaining time in the term of US Senator Ted Kennedy, who died in office in 2009. Brown’s win occured during a special election in Janurary 2010, some 10 months before the midterm election.
In fairness, the win in Massachusetts was viewed as a rebuke to Obama and specifically the Affordable Care Act, which was then making its way through the Capitol Hill.
After winning the special election in January of that year, Brown went on to run for a full term in 2012. He lost to now US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who had a resounding victory last night that will allow her to — as promised — take a “hard look” at running for president.
And Brown? He endorsed Trump in the New Hampshire primary, and shortly after the president's 2016 victory was appointed US Ambassador to New Zealand.James Pindell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell or subscribe to his Ground Game newsletter on politics:http://pages.email.bostonglobe.com/GroundGameSignUp