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On Sunday, Washington Post columnist James Hohmann wrote a warning for President Donald Trump: his obsession with his supporters will be his downfall.
The new book Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, revealed a conversation with former Attorney General Bill Barr and Trump during the early days of the 2020 election. According to Barr, if Trump didn't calm down, stop tweeting threats, and quit stoking the base, he was going to lose. Trump claimed he had to look like a fighter to appease his base. While that may have been true, it also drove others away.
"I need my base," Trump said according to the book. "My base wants me to be strong. These are my people."
The election ended exactly as Barr predicted.
It "is the latest reminder of the failure of Trump's base-first strategy — but also how close it came to [work]. A shift of only 43,000 votes across Arizona and two other states could have delivered a second term to Trump," wrote Hohmann.
He went on to attack Barr for trying to "rehabilitate his reputation" after years of protecting Trump and giving oxygen to the worst parts of him.
"The attorney general is supposed to be the people's lawyer, not the president's consigliere, and it was inappropriate for Barr to wade so deeply into the partisan fray," said Hohmann. "But he may have been on target when he told Trump that he was too reliant on the small army of operatives who profit from keeping America's nativist and racist extremes politically restive."
Hohmann noted that Trump was never really a conservative so much as he was a desperate man searching for positions that would make right-wingers happy enough to worship him. The Charlottesville "there are very fine people on both sides" quote from Trump is the perfect example.
Trump's campaign messages weren't tested among the most voters in swing states or even targeted at voters he needed to win over. Instead, they were all about which would get the most applause at his rally. He would work and rework them to get the cheers to be louder and louder. It wasn't a campaign of votes; it was a campaign of love for Trump.
"Months later, the cycle continues. During a meeting this summer at Trump's New Jersey golf resort, pollster John McLaughlin presented the former president with private polling that showed 57 percent of Republicans choosing him from a field of more than a dozen other potential 2024 contenders," wrote Hohmann.
"The more you get attacked, the more your base gets solidified," McLaughlin said, according to Peril.
Then again, if Trump had listened to Barr, Hohmann said that meeting would have been taking place with a president and not a disgraced man on a golf course.
Fox News host Howard Kurtz said that he felt attacked by his viewers after reporting the results of a so-called audit of Arizona's 2020 presidential election.
On his Sunday news program, Kurtz noted that former President Donald Trump had "unloaded" on the media's reporting of the audit, which was conducted by Cyber Ninjas.
"It found no hard evidence of substantial fraud and, in fact, awarded Joe Biden 99 more votes and Trump 261 fewer votes," Kurtz reported. "The Republican president of the Arizona Senate which commissioned the audit by the Cyber Ninjas -- always makes me think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- accepted the findings, saying, numbers are numbers and truth is truth. And here's Trump trashing the 'fake news' for its reporting. What is the press supposed to do when this audit says, yes, Joe Biden won the state by more than 10,000 votes?"
Following the show, Kurtz revealed that he had been criticized by Fox News fans for the report.
"A little sad that when the GOP-commissioned and Trump-ally-funded Arizona audit found Biden got 99 more votes, people attack me & the media," Kurtz wrote on Twitter. "Raising questions about possible errors & fraud is not the same as proving them, and was reported. This is our tribal politics today."
A little sad that when the GOP-commissioned and Trump-ally-funded Arizona audit found Biden got 99 more votes, people attack me & the media. Raising questions about possible errors & fraud is not the same as proving them, and was reported. This is our tribal politics today
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) September 26, 2021
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Trump’s ability to overturn the 2024 presidential vote could hinge on this key midterm election: analysis
The peculiarities of how different states oversee their elections could make result in the credibility of the 2024 election coming down to a campaign, which will be decided in the 2022 midterms.
Most states have a secretary of state who is elected by the population, but the 2024 campaign for Pennsylvania's 19 electoral votes will be overseen by a secretary of state elected who will be appointed by the winner of the commonwealth's 2022 gubernatorial campaign.
"Pennsylvania — the closest battleground state with the most electoral votes, where the election was called for Biden last November — is a powerful example of exactly what the Trump scheme to unwind American democracy looks like," Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch noted on Sunday. "In Harrisburg, Republican legislative leaders — after weeks of lobbying and browbeating by Trump himself — are plowing ahead with their unpopular plan to yet again review (definitely NOT an audit) the 2020 outcome, which involves handing over my personal data and that of 9 million other voters to an unknown but probably dodgy vendor."
Bunch noted Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, has sued to stop the controversial Pennsylvania audit.
"Shapiro is also the presumed front-runner to become his party's nominee for governor. If he wins, he will pick the next secretary of state — and thwart a key element of Trump's scheme. If the GOP wins Pennsylvania's open 2022 gubernatorial race to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf — and the governor's mansion has flipped parties without fail since the 1960s — then the secretary of state pick will be made by a Republican who will surely have to curry favor with Trump to get through a crowded primary," Bunch explained.
He noted Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who organized buses to travel to D.C. for the January 6th effort to overturn the election, is one of the leading candidates for governor.
"If Mastriano or one of several other Trump-crazed candidates wins the general election, it's a lock that Pennsylvania's 48th governor will name a secretary of state who will work feverishly to restrict voting rights in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election, and — if Trump gets fewer votes, again — cast doubt on the outcome, or work to simply ignore the results, as would be expected in a dictatorship," Bunch warned. "So while, yes, Pennsylvania's governor's race will be important for the usual reasons like education funding or the fate of fracking, this time around voters are essentially tasked with preserving America's 245-year experience with democracy ... or not."
What happened in AZ was no joke - but the start of a 4-year Trumpian scheme to sow chaos around voting while laws a… https://t.co/pFCKORbXeW— Will Bunch (@Will Bunch) 1632679928.0
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