Trump just threw his own son under the bus to protect his own ego

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If there is one consistent element to Donald Trump’s behavior, it’s his overwhelming devotion to self-preservation at any cost. He will attack anyone and throw any ally under the bus if it means helping himself. Even his family is not immune to his mercurial outbursts.

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Today, far-right propaganda rag The Daily Caller published a new interview with Trump in which he once again demonstrated his pathological inability to accept responsibility for his shortcomings. To make matters even more pathetic, he blamed his son for his own failing.

When asked about his success rate in endorsing winning candidates in Republican primaries, he addressed his failed endorsement of Foster Freiss. The 78-year-old Freiss was defeated in his governor primary by Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon despite Trump’s tweet of support.

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Rather than acknowledge the fact that his endorsement failed to help Freiss win, President Trump decided to blame his incompetent, obsequious son Donald Trump Jr. He told The Daily Caller that Don Jr. was the one that asked him to endorse Freiss, and then claimed that by the time he sent his tweet 70% of votes had already been cast. 

“And the one I didn’t get was Friess, I was asked to do that, by my son Don, and I did it, but I did it — I was asked the morning of — and by the time I did it I guess 70 percent, almost 70 percent of the vote was already cast,” Trump said.

“So, I don’t consider that to be, maybe I’ll take a quarter of a loss on that one. But I think it’s 48 and a quarter, it’s 48-1 which is pretty good, right? Pretty good,” he added.

Of course, the reality of the situation is most likely that Trump’s endorsement is simply worth increasingly less these days. Most of the country despises him, and a growing portion of the Republican Party is ashamed to have him as their figurehead. His failing popularity isn’t his son’s fault and he has no one to blame but himself.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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