During his wild weekend of insulting the entire population of Puerto Rico for wanting everything done for them and undermining his own Secretary of State’s diplomatic efforts with North Korea, Trump also dropped this rather needy and insecure tweet:
In analyzing the Alabama Primary race,FAKE NEWS always fails to mention that the candidate I endorsed went up MANY points after endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
The news media fails to mention it, Donald, because they would be FAKE NEWS if they did. Because it’s not true. A new Firehouse Strategies memo concludes that President Trump’s endorsement and active campaigning for Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in the Republican special election primary had absolutely no impact on the final results.
“Over the time we were monitoring during the last two weeks of the campaign, as knowledge of Trump’s endorsement grew, Strange support did not. In fact, Moore was solidifying support through Trump’s visit, and Trump was unable to reverse this momentum. This suggests that while Trump may be good at translating his supporters’ sentiments, he is unable to persuade them.”
Which, aside from damaging Donald’s rather fragile ego and making him a lesser man in the eyes of the whole world (which is what he most fears, yes, Donald we are all laughing at you), reveals that both Trump and the Republican Party have lost control of their base. McKay Coppins spoke to GOP strategist Alex Conant:
Trump seems uniquely able to give voice to voters’ anger, but incapable of channeling it towards a larger purpose. We need to be honest about the fact that there are some powerful people inside the Republican Party who have no interest in governing. They’re focused like a laser on decapitating the party’s leadership, and have no interest in growing the party’s base into a lasting majority.
The Wall Street GOP leadership, like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, all assumed that the base wants tax cuts for the rich and no healthcare for themselves, because that’s what they (Ryan and McConnell) want because that’s what their rich donors want. And since the base voted for them and Trump, that means the base wants that as well.
But what the base voted for was the racism and the resentment. They want to deport and kill (either or) illegal immigrants. They want to ban and kill (either or) Muslims. They want the police to beat and kill African Americans when they get out of line. They want any program benefiting anyone but themselves to be ended, even if that means they themselves lose the benefits. That is what the GOP base wants. Failure to deliver on that means they turn about Ryan and McConnell (which they already have) and, eventually Trump. They assume Trump is either being played or being co-opted. Either way, they are no longer listening to Trump.