Last April Fox News agreed to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems for 3/4 of a billion dollars. It was a de facto admission that they had deliberately disseminated lies pertaining to non-existent election fraud in the 2020 presidential race.
It was just days following the settlement that Fox fired their top rated host, Tucker Carlson. And while they didn’t associate his termination with the lawsuit, it’s hard not to presume that there’s a connection. Not that they didn’t have a boatload of other reasons to set him adrift…
As a result of the Carlson pink slip, Fox had to revamp their primetime lineup. So they took that opportunity to prop up their most pro-Trump truth manglers, Jesse Watters, Sean Hannity, Greg Gutfeld, and Laura Ingraham. For the most part, Fox got precisely what they wanted with this roster.
However, on Friday, Ingraham must have suffered a minor brain malfunction and said something that was partially rational and less than adoring of Trump (which will likely earn her a sharp rebuke from her cult messiah). In a monologue framed as political advice for the former White House occupier, Ingraham said that…
“Attacking popular governors and senators in battleground states is more than unwise, it’s self destructive. Why do it? Voters in a general election want to vote for a winner, not a whiner. So, please, for the love of god, stop talking about 2020. That will not bring a single voter out to support you that didn’t support you before. You need to grow the pot, not shrink it. Be magnanimous and be the elder statesman that Biden is not. Obviously capable of it. That will reassure people and, look, you’re policies worked before, they’re gonna work again.”
Ingraham’s advice for Trump: Voters in a general election want to vote for a winner, not a whiner. So, please, for the love of god stop talking about 2020. Be magnanimous and be the elder statesman.. pic.twitter.com/cLCNVgQFYb
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 21, 2023
The first reaction by anyone familiar with the perverse personality of Trump would be wonder whether Ingraham had ever met him, or even heard of him. Let’s break down her suggestions in order to see if they make any sense at all.
To begin with, asking Trump not to attack people – even governors and senators of his own party – is like asking Hannibal Lector to lay off of human meat for lent. He doesn’t care if it’s unwise or self-destructive. He only cares that everyone worship him unwaveringly at all times. His most bitter assaults are usually reserved for fellow Republicans who he regards as apostates (or would if knew what the word meant).
Trump is not going to appreciate Ingraham implying that he is a “whiner.” Particularly in connection with his fixation on the 2020 election defeat that he still pretends to have won. She is right that Americans don’t want to keep hearing him yammer about election fraud that, even after sixty court cases, he has been unable to turn up a shred of proof. And forget about convincing him to stop talking about 2020. For him it’s an obsession that he can’t shake. Never mind that he has done nothing but lose since the anomaly in 2016. And he’s done nothing but whine about it ever since.
Ingraham correctly points out that election victories hinge on efforts to “grow the pot, not shrink it.” But in Trump’s delusional mind, he already has an overflowing pot containing virtually every voting age American. Which may be why he has done nothing whatsoever to expand his base of voters that were not enough for victory in 2020. If anything, he has whittled his base down to just his most glassy-eyed cult disciples.
Ingraham concluded by suggesting that Trump should “be magnanimous” and present himself as an “elder statesman.” Which makes one wonder if she has any idea at all who Trump is. Has he ever displayed either of those characteristics in any measure? Trump is the textbook antithesis of diplomacy. He is a frothing brute who alienates our allies and embraces our enemies. And it is bizarre that Ingraham thinks her advice will be received with anything other than unbridled wrath, as he has done before.
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