If anyone still isn’t convinced that the MAGA movement led by Donald Trump is a cult, Trump himself has just provided more proof of the theological underpinnings of his pseudo-church. He continues to demonstrate that fealty to the MAGA messiah is more important than any political goal that conventional political parties pursue.
Commenting on his floundering social media scam, Truth Social, Trump lashed out at the Republican candidate for U.S. in Colorado, Joe O’Dea. With the upcoming midterm elections running extremely close, and control of Congress at stake, most campaign strategists would seek to improve their odds of winning every race. But for Trump that is not as important as securing unflinching support and adoration for himself. He wrote that…
“There’s this RINO character in the Great State of Colorado, Joe O’Dea, that is running against the incumbent Democrat for the United States Senate, who is having a good old time saying that he wants to ‘distance’ himself from President Trump, and other slightly nasty things. He should look at the Economy, Inflation, Energy Independence, defeating ISIS, the Strongest EVER Border, Great Trade Deals, & much more, before he speaks. MAGA doesn’t Vote for stupid people with big mouths. Good luck Joe!”
Notice that Trump regards “distancing” from him as “nasty.” And his definition of RINO is, as usual, anyone who doesn’t bow down low enough to satisfy Dear Leader. O’Dea’s offence was to state that he didn’t want to see Trump run again in 2024. And that was all that Trump needed to hear to scuttle his campaign and, potentially, lose the opportunity to win a Republican majority in the Senate.
Trump is too egomaniacal to grasp the nuances of politics. So he demands unfaltering loyalty above all else. Even when that would damage a candidate’s prospects in a state that leans toward Democrats. The Democratic incumbent, Michael Bennett, currently has an eight point lead in the polls. For contrast, President Biden is smart enough to know that he should only campaign on behalf of Democrats in states where his help would be beneficial and welcome.
How Trump thinks it would be be helpful to insult the Republican candidate is a mystery. Other than to simply recognize that Trump himself is too stupid to understand how the game is played. He says that “MAGA doesn’t Vote for stupid people with big mouths.” But if that were true than they surely wouldn’t vote for Trump or any of the mini-Trump’s he’s endorsed.
Democrats, on the other hand, will appreciate Trump bashing his own party’s candidate, which should give a boost to Sen. Bennett, and to the Democrats’ chances of retaining a majority in the Senate. In fact, much of Trump’s asinine behavior is measurably more beneficial to Democrats than it is to Republicans. And he will surely expect us to thank him for it later.
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