At tonight’s campaign-style rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, at which Trump stumped for Republican candidate Rick Saccone, the President took the opportunity to characteristically turn the spotlight back toward himself.
While relitigating the possibility of an Oprah candidacy in 2020 – which she has already denied – the Republican president warned that it would be a “painful experience for her” and teased that he would take advantage of her “weakness,” without explicitly stating what that was.
Trump: "I would love Oprah to run. I would love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness." pic.twitter.com/AFT8aDKd5h
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 11, 2018
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“I would love Oprah to win. I would love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness,” Trump said. “Wouldn’t we love to run against Oprah. I would love it. I would love it. That would be a painful experience for her.”
Ironically, per the conservative-leaning Rasmussen poll, Oprah would beat Trump by 10 points in a hypothetical 2020 match-up.
Tonight’s rally comes amid a tightening special election race in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Whereas Trump won this district by a 20-point margin in 2016, polls have shown Democrat Conor Lamb leading his Republican counterpart in what may be the latest in a string of humiliating lost seats for the GOP leading up to midterms.
Instead of launching unprovoked attacks on a television personality, perhaps the President should focus on helping his flailing party as it faces dismal odds heading into November’s midterm elections. And, at this point, the egregiously unpopular president’s best assistance would be to stop stumping for his fellow Republicans.