According to conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin, many Republican donors are not hardcore ideologues and base their giving on specific policies that may benefit them and, with that in mind, may balk at supporting another unknown quantity like Donald Trump who has created nothing less than chaos since becoming president.
The Republican Rubin — who has become one of the president’s most ardent critics — explained in her Washington Post column that many donors are “transactional donors” making them different from some of the president’s more vocal supporters in the press and in office.
Calling some of the president’s decisions — such as dismissing trusted advisers and officials who have disagreed with him — “self-destructive” Rubin asserted there are still presidential sycophants who are hanging on for dear life.
“The explanation for why lemmings go over the cliff is complicated. Peer pressure and a conservative reward system that swiftly punishes dissenters and rewards bootlicking (see Sen. Lindsey Graham) provide part of the reason for Republicans’ refusal to break free,” she wrote before admitting that some see a safety net should they be forced out of office due to their devotion to Trump.
“Some Republicans figure Trump will lose and they might, too,” she explained before adding that, “The right-wing racket will be there after the 2020 election, and may be, for those who lose their races, the only hope for gainful employment and continued relevance.”
Some Trump-supporting donors, on the other hand, have other priorities, she suggested.
“True, many of them are extreme ideological cheerleaders for the president who will keep shoveling money his way (proving once more that wealth and intelligence are often unrelated),” She admitted. “The wealthy businessman or the philanthropic doyen who gave to Trump in the past could well decide that they should stop funding this politically suicide campaign and those senators in swing states too timid to back away from the dumpster fire.”
Rubin said it was more likely that those donors would another national figure like Trump — no matter their transient popularity — and spend their dollars more wisely after this president.
“As irrational as Trump, his campaign yes-men and his timorous congressional allies may be, I suspect a significant number of donors will have no trouble telling Trump and his enablers to buzz off next time they come asking for money,” she predicted.
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Trump’s latest attack on Joe Biden is stunningly delusional — even for him
Few ever accuse President Donald Trump of subtlety. But in a new speech in Cleveland on Thursday, he let loose with a particularly wild rant against his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, that was over-the-top, even for him.
It’s worth just quoting in full:
He’s following the radical left agenda. Take away your guns. Destroy your Second Amendment. No religion! No anything! Hurt the Bible! Hurt God! He’s against God! He’s against guns! He’s against energy, our kind of energy. Uh, I don’t think he’s going to do too well in Ohio.
Many people pointed out that there’s much more evidence that Biden is a committed Christian than there is for Trump. But almost that seems to miss several key points about how wild this is:
Facebook removes network of fake accounts that posed as Trump supporters
Facebook said Thursday it took down accounts running a deceptive campaign out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting US President Donald Trump ahead of the coming election.
The leading online social network removed 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher.
"The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President Trump fan pages," Gleicher said.
Brace yourself for months of lawlessness — ‘Election Night’ likely will not end until 2021
There’s nothing wrong with treating American politics like a sport as long as everyone involved in the competition is playing the same sport by the same rules. There’s nothing wrong as long as both sides agree the rules are legitimate, both commit to obeying them and both accept the consequences when they break them.
But there is a problem with treating American politics like a sport when one side is playing soccer and the other is playing football while neither can agree to the rules, because one side won’t commit to obeying them. There is something wrong when one side not only refuses to accept the consequences of rule-breaking but sets out to undermine the idea of rules altogether. In that case, treating politics like a sport, as the Washington press corps habitually does, isn’t helpful. It’s harmful. Even dangerous.