In his column for the Daily Beast, former GOP campaign consultant — and current founder of the Trump-attacking Lincoln Project — Rick Wilson said Donald Trump is not quitting the 2020 presidential race, but that doesn’t mean that his world isn’t collapsing around him.
Warning voters to not take for granted that former Vice President Joe Biden has the election wrapped up, Wilson wrote, “Trump’s world of hurt keeps getting more painful by the day. He doesn’t like the work. He doesn’t enjoy the day-to-day aspects of a job that demands responsibility and intellect, to say nothing of things like meetings, and reading, and thinking, and behaving like a grown-ass adult.”
According to the columnist, the president still has tons of money but that his campaign is being run by “a chaotic swamp of blame-storming and rat-f*cking skells, a slurry of scoundrels, money-laundering no-accounts, and dead-eyed miscreants,” and that doesn’t bode well for the president’s chances of stopping his campaign’s collapse.
Adding to the president’s worries is the COVID-19 health crisis that is once again rearing its head with a spike of new infections, with Wilson writing, “As Trump persists in his juvenile defiance of masks and social distancing, the pile of bodies keeps growing,” and the added, “We thought 50,000 deaths was a shock, then 75,000 rolled over our screens. 100,000 passed and now 125,000 and the numbness of loss and the unreality of it looms over the world. We may well hit 200,000 before November, and he’ll blame everyone else. “
Then there is Trump’s Russia problem which is now blowing up in the president’s face after the Associated Press reported last night that the president knew about the bounties the country was paying for the killing of American military members for over a year.
“Trump would rather submerge himself in the lake of fire for a thousand years than talk about Russia again. It’s the subject he can never avoid, never fully wash out. It’s the dirty little secret at the heart of some mystery about Trump’s finances or personal life or something that will be solved by historians,” he explained. “For all that Trump’s fans believe him to be an avatar of masculinity and martial strength, the idea of a Russian bounty program paying cash for the deaths of American soldiers doesn’t seem to bother Trump. His inaction screams for investigation and exposure.”
As Wilson goes on to explain, the president is damaged goods, he knows it, and that he is not above taking the country down with him.
“His is not a future in cosseted luxury but billion-dollar legal bills, the slow betrayal of everyone around him and the destruction of what remains of his vaunted brand,” Wilson wrote. “Trump is trapped in this campaign, and we’re trapped with him. Desperate, pinned animals are still dangerous as hell. Don’t imagine for a moment there’s a limit on what he’ll do or say to win, no matter how bad it gets”
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"Montana gubernatorial candidate Rep. Greg Gianforte and his running mate, Kristen Juras, confirmed Saturday they will self-quarantine after Gianforte's wife, Susan, and Juras attended an event last week with Kimberly Guilfoyle, who has since tested positive for COVID-19," KBZK-TV reported Saturday.
Trump’s presidency has accelerated the predicted collapse of the Republican Party: columnist
Citing the work of a University of a Washington political scientist, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank said Donald Trump and his racist rhetoric has accelerated the decline of the Republican party in a country that is seeing major demographic changes and because white voters are increasingly turned off by it.
As Milbank wrote, four years ago Christopher Parker, who is Black, predicted a Trump candidacy would "do more to advance racial understanding than the election of Barack Obama.”
Trump and his lackeys are too delusional to turn around their flailing campaign
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
When pundits point out that with four months to go until Election Day, it isn't too late for Trump to turn his campaign around, what they're really saying is that there's sufficient time left on the calendar for a candidate who grasped why he or she was losing to change course and abandon a clearly failing strategy.