Donald Trump is taking political hits. His handling of the pandemic is questionable. His handling of the George Floyd killing out of touch. He degrades minorities and Mary L. Trump has a book giving a damning portrait of Donald Trump who is described as a “man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric.” The bad news for Trump is significant.
The Director of the CDC told Congress that the United States is on its knees due to the Coronavirus.
“A US public health chief told Congress on Tuesday that coronavirus has ‘brought this nation to its knees’ as America struggles with more than 2.3 million confirmed cases and more than 121,000 deaths so far.
Dr Robert Redfield, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a hearing in Washington that core public health capabilities in the US had been vastly underfunded for a long time and needed urgent investment.” The Guardian
While the Coronavirus takes its toll, Trump wants the economy going full steam even if there is a risk of greater infection. He is delivering messages that are out of sync with reality, telling voters he ordered less testing and that testing is a two edge sword. Finally, Trump is willing to hold indoor rallies crowding voters together without masks risking infection.
Then there is Trump’s handling of the George Floyd death, and subsequent protests, showing he lacks compassion and understanding of issues of racial inequality and tension. Trump tear gases peaceful protestors for an opportunity to speak in front of a church while holding a bible. His actions caused tensions among the troops shooting the tear gas and created an image of an authoritarian leader more concerned about his own image than the feelings of the people he represents. Once again, Trump is disconnected from reality.
Therefore, with just these examples it is no surprise that Politico is reporting that Trump’s “primary clout takes a hit.”
(Politico) “Trump’s pick to succeed former Rep. Mark Meadows in a solidly Republican House district in Western North Carolina, Lynda Bennett, fell flat on Tuesday, losing by 32 percentage points to 24-year-old Madison Cawthorn in a primary runoff.”
Trump’s base appears to be crumbing. His supporters may be rethinking his presidency and his ability to deal with working American’s issues. There will always be a certain segment of undying Trump supporters but…
With Trump’s growing failures, his disconnect with voters, and his continued political fumbles both his base and his GOP support can be expected to erode.
There already is a growing number of Republicans who will support and vote for Biden because of Trump’s failures.
The next shoe to drop is Trump’s Mary L. Trump’s book on Trump. Simon and Schuster gives the following description of Mary L. Trump’s book, which will have an impact on the 2020 election.
“In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabric.
Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents’ large, imposing house in the heart of Queens, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald.
A firsthand witness to countless holiday meals and family interactions, Mary brings an incisive wit and unexpected humor to sometimes grim, often confounding family events. She recounts in unsparing detail everything from her uncle Donald’s place in the family spotlight and Ivana’s penchant for regifting to her grandmother’s frequent injuries and illnesses and the appalling way Donald, Fred Trump’s favorite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s.
Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists, and journalists have sought to parse Donald J. Trump’s lethal flaws. Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider’s perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families.” Simon & Schuster
Trump has been able to take the hits, the mud thrown at him has generally (in the past) slid off with Trump defeating the odds. However, as recent history is showing his handling of the pandemic, the bad political optics of his Tulsa rally, his disconnect with racial inequality, and his continued degradation of minorities is having an impact.
Now, with the release of John Bolton’s and Mary L. Trump’s books, the damage may be irreparable. After all, if 50% of what is written is true Trump is in trouble.
As it looks now, Biden can stay in his basement and defeat Trump. Moreover, Trump is cutting his own coattails which is causing damage to down ballot GOP candidates seeking reelection.
The current circumstances may have a far-reaching impact on the 2020 election. Only time, and the facts, will tell.
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