Politics

Trump Message Needs Reworking

Though it went over very well in Orlando.

Trump claimed his endorsed candidates went 21-0 in Senate races. Actually two lost in Georgia and with them went control of the Senate. Trump’s obsession with his lost election narrative and his need for political revenge are not wise messages to be deploying at this time. They are issues peculiar to Trump, his base, and generally are considered inside political baseball. The country has moved on. How long will be relive his loss? How long will he chase down those who dared to defy him? How long will his ego demand he mire himself in the past?

Trump also tried to spin the facts on GOP down ballot success. He said the fact Republicans did well in House and state races, but his numbers were lower, was proof he won the national election. He wondered, why the discrepancy? His answer: He was robbed. The more likely answer proves the success of a Republican Party shorn of Trump. Voters liked the Republicans, even liked Trump’s accomplishments. But the man himself is held in such personal disdain by some voters they split their tickets and voted for every Republican except Trump. And those voters were the margin of victory for Joe Biden.

Trump also claimed, with his 21-0 fabrication, that he held off an 8-10 seat loss in the Senate. Not true. Most analysts, even liberal pollsters, were calling for a Republican gain of one seat, perhaps two. Worst case scenarios still had the Senate in Republican hands. No credible scenario, not one, called for an 8-10 seat loss. Trump made that up out of thin air.

He also claimed all the Democrats in Congress always hold together and that there are no “Mitt Romneys” in Democrat ranks. Two words: Joe Manchin. Even Krysten Sinema may be in that club. So again, either Trump is misinformed or he is purposely not being honest with his own base.

The former president said his Republican opposition is made up of “DC hacks.” As far as it goes for this analyst, guilty as charged. But Republican elected officials who oppose him, many of whom he named, come from Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Maine, Alaska, Michigan, Illinois, Utah, Louisiana, Nebraska, and other locales across the nation. Yes, Republicans by a solid majority still support him. But the opposition is all not based in DC. Far from it.

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Finally, the speech was merely preaching to the choir. Given that crowd, he could have read a dictionary and still received a standing ovation. He’ll need far more than that to win back the White House.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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