August 19, 2022

Trump desperately tries to spin last night’s election defeats to make himself feel better

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While Donald Trump has announced that he is abandoning his home state of New York to change his permanent residence to Florida, in truth the state that he spends the most time dwelling in is denial.


His public reaction to last night’s drubbing of Republicans in closely watched elections across the country demonstrates the depth of his self-deception as he tries to move from his clear declaration that the election results would be a referendum on his presidency and his personal popularity to a spin mode that would be a challenge for the finest washing machines.

As Trump told the crowd at his Kentucky rally in support of incumbent Governor Matt Bevin (R) on Monday night:

“If you win, they are going to make it like, ho hum. And if you lose, they are going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. You can’t let that happen to me!”

With Bevin losing narrowly to Democrat Andy Beshear, happen it did. And let us be the first to confirm the president’s comments as correct for a change because in our hearts in certainly feels like Trump just suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world.

Not that you would intuit that by reading the president’s tweets as he frantically looked for a silver lining in the election results.

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Governor Bevin’s loss in Kentucky was unsurprising given his abysmally low poll numbers, but the real concern in that state for the GOP is the fact that one of its senators, Majority Leader “Moscow” Mitch McConnell, has even lower poll numbers than Bevin had, making his reelection bid next year seem pretty damn shakey right now.

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Still, Trump spent election night and the following morning spinning the results as positively as he could through his own posts and his retweets of other GOP spinmeisters.

Mr. Rispone may want to reconsider that invitation to the president to attend his rally, given the Kentucky results.

Apparently Donald Trump is equally, if not more adept at energizing a Democratic base since, although Bevin actually garnered more votes than he did in his last election, a deluge of newly motivated Blue Wave voters put Beshear over the top.

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Given his multiple bankruptcies, no one — except Trump himself — has ever considered the president a stable math genius. One look at the deficits created by the Republican tax break for billionaires for which he presided over the passage could tell you that. His grasp of statistics and probability — already ridiculed because of his rejection of valid, but negative, polling results — was proven to be even more pathetic than previously know when he tweeted out this prediction for next year’s Kentucky senate race.

Of course, the loss of the Kentucky governorship wasn’t the only defeat for the GOP yesterday — although Trump wisely remained silent on those losses — as Democrats chalked up victories such as gaining total control of the Virginia State legislature, seizing a majority on the city council in Columbus, Indiana —the home town of Vice President Mike Pence— and winning both the mayoralty and the city council in Tuscon, a progressive bastion in conservative Arizona.

Yesterday’s election results will surely be a come-to-Jesus moment for Trump’s staunchest Republican allies. Once they realize that they are being weighed down by the albatross of the president’s rising level of unpopularity, it will be interesting to see whether they will be willing to fight as hard to save him from the Democrats’ impeachment attempts from here on in or whether they will donning their life jackets to abandon the once luxurious Trump yacht that has now fallen into a shambolic state of disrepair as it swirls down the vortex to the bottom of the sea.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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