According to a report in the Washington Post, both Republican members of Congress and voters who backed Donald Trump are starting to see the outgoing president as damaged goods after he incited a riot at the U.S. Capitol that led to five deaths and send lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
Under a headline reading, "As Trump leaves office weakened, Republicans wonder if his wounds are fatal," the Post reports that the Wednesday attack that appalled the country likely damaged any chance the president has of any future in politics with some two-time Trump voters wanting nothing to do with him now.
According to the Post's Phillip Rucker, "In the wake of the mob attack on the Capitol that Trump incited, some allies have abandoned him, many in the business community have shunned him and Twitter took away his social media megaphone. Many Republicans also hold him responsible for losing their Senate majority with last week's twin defeats in Georgia, not to mention their House majority two years ago."
In an interview, Republican strategist Scott Reed admitted that last 60 days of Trump's presidency have been nothing short of a disaster.
"The way he handled himself in the last 60 days has tarnished his reputation and his ability to be a future leader — and by botching the Georgia Senate races, his entire economic agenda is about to get overturned by the Senate," Reed explained. "He's really gone backwards like no one ever would have imagined."
While senior Trump advisor Jason Miller claimed, "President Trump is still the biggest name in American politics and the president is still the leader of the Republican Party. He'll be the most sought-after political endorsement heading into the 2022 midterms," longtime conservative pollster Frank Luntz vehemently disagreed.
Citing a focus group with Trump supporters he conducted the night after the attack that claimed five lives, Luntz stated that Trump voters fall into three categories described as: "those who believe the fact that President-elect Joe Biden won the election and think it's time Trump move on; those who think it was stolen from Trump but he still should move on; and those who think it was stolen and Trump should continue to fight."
Luntz said the fracturing of Trump's base "flabbergasted" him.
"They were very emotional with each other, very harsh with each other," Luntz reported. "This has never happened in a Trump focus group I've done. . . . Trump voters are like single moms with kids. They back each other, they empathize with each other, because they know the stresses and strains they each have. Not anymore. These Trump voters are ready to declare war with each other."
According to Luntz, this is very bad news for Trump if he plans to make another run for the presidency in 2024.
"When you've got a unified force, you can speak to them as their general and motivate them to change their behavior," he elaborated. "But when they have broken down into tribes, it's impossible to deliver a message that reaches everybody. Trump is much less powerful today than he was 72 hours ago."
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Appearing on MSNBC, New York Times financial investigative reporter Dean Enrich claimed Donald Trump is under the gun to come up with money quickly with some massive loans coming due soon and banks starting to look at seizing his assets.
Enrich, who wrote "Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction," said the ex-president is facing a slew of banks that won't have anything to do with him and that previous lenders have already announced they are cutting him off from new credit.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, the business analyst explained, "There are both civil and criminal and congressional investigations that are still seeking after years of trying to get trump's financial records from Deutsche Bank and, you know, it's anyone's guess what that is going to show. We know at Deutsche Bank, though, there were employers who raised money laundering concerns in both the Trump and [Jared] Kushner accounts. We still don't have the full story about what happened there."
"I trust you will get to the bottom of that," Witt replied. "Let me ask you, though, is this just the beginning? How many more banks or financial institutions have relationships with Donald Trump and what's the impact on his finances of this?"
'I think it's a very serious financial impact for him," Enrich quickly replied. "He has hundreds of millions of dollars of debt coming due in the next few years, most of it to Deutsche Bank, but not all of it. And normally, a borrower would go to the lender and say, 'can we refinance the loan, extend it a few years?' That's not going to be an option for Trump with most of these loans."
"He's going to need to come up with a lot of cash quickly or he's going to be at risk of defaulting," he added. "In the case of Deutsche Bank, if he defaults, the bank has recourse to his personal assets. They could go to court to seize his property or the money he has in various banking accounts. So he's going to need to come up with cash very quickly and his businesses right now are struggling, so it's very unclear to me where he might be able to get that money."
'This is why Joe Biden won': Amy Klobuchar unloads devastating response after Rand Paul's election meltdown
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said that she listened in disbelief on Sunday as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) became incensed after he was put in the position of defending President Donald Trump's election lies.
Paul made the remarks during an interview with ABC host George Stephanopoulos.
According to a report from Axios, more than a few rank and file Republican lawmakers are furious with the GOP's leadership because they feel they did not protect ex-President Donald Trump to the bitter end.
As noted by Axios founders Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei, the past two months for the GOP's leadership has been "nightmarish" after losing both the White House and majority control of the Senate.