In a week that saw the global pandemic worsening, an EPIC economic meltdown and an all-out bid to stoke racial tensions for political gain deepen, Trump is finding out the truth about himself…
“Nobody likes me. It can only be my personality… that’s all.”
However detached from reality he is, Trump’s assessment of his popularity seemed to have hit the nail on the head, as it all manifested in all sorts of other ways this week. According to CNN,
- Even his staunchest Republican allies flatly rejected his suggestion that November’s voting be delayed, some actually laughing at what, by most accounts, was a serious (if toothless) proposal from the President to undermine the election.
- The nation’s civic leadership, including three of Trump’s four living predecessors, gathered without him in Atlanta to honor the late Rep. John Lewis, making the sitting president’s absence conspicuous if unsurprising.
- Stimulus talks on Capitol Hill have proceeded almost entirely without his participation, and have been notable mainly for the disarray they have exposed among Republicans, many of whom were unpleasantly surprised to learn the President’s demand for a new FBI building was included in the final proposal.
- In a closed door hearing on Friday, intelligence officials working in Trump’s own administration discounted the possibility of foreign countries mass-producing fake ballots to interfere in the November elections — a claim Trump seemed to be making simultaneously from the Cabinet Room.
- And the concerted push by Trump to delegitimize mail-in ballots is raising alarm bells among Republican operatives, who are worried the President’s demand for in-person voting will mainly serve to dampen turnout among his own supporters.
AND, Trump’s staunchest ally Sen. Mitch McConnell, has signaled to vulnerable GOP senators in tough races that they could distance themselves from the President if they feel it is necessary, according to multiple senior Republicans including a source close to McConnell.
Said one senior Republican on Capitol Hill,
“These vulnerable senators can’t afford to explicitly repudiate Trump. They just need to show they are independent on issues important in their states.”