Please consider the Wall Street Journal article Donald Trump’s Hostage Politics.
The subtitle is Trump says "Republicans must agree the 2020 election was stolen or he’ll aid the Democrats."
That is not accurate although it is the result.
“If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented),” Mr. Trump said in a statement Wednesday, “Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 or ‘24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.”
That's quite a bit different than pledging to aid the Democrats. Yet, the result is the same.
Trump moaned about Georgia telling voters the election was stolen election judges were crooked. Republican turnout was low and Democrats now control the Senate because of it.
What’s notable isn’t that Mr. Trump continues to deny his election defeat and push for increasingly futile “audits” that will go nowhere. Mr. Trump will never admit he lost.
Mr. Trump’s escalation is that he is now explicitly tying Republican acceptance of his election fantasy to a threat of electing Democrats as retribution. The message to Republicans is that if they don’t loudly pretend that he won the last election, Mr. Trump will make sure the GOP loses the next one, too.
Refusal to accept election outcomes in modern American politics is not unique to Mr. Trump. Much of the Democratic Party and intellectual class did not accept the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s 2016 victory. One crucial difference between Mr. Trump and those Democrats is that Democrats would never be self-defeating enough to try to leverage their election gripes against the interests of their own voters.
Mr. Trump’s calculus works differently. When his ego is on the line, his voters’ interests are secondary. With the Biden Administration’s polarizing overreach, the 2022 elections are an opportunity for the GOP to retake Congress and check the divisive progressive assault on the U.S. economy and law. But that was also true of the 2021 Georgia races. Mr. Trump may not be finished making his supporters pay for his narcissism.
Fraud Thesis Solved
“Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 or ‘24" says Trump, unless we "solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020."
What a hoot.
The fraud thesis is solved, just not to Trump's satisfaction. Trump lost. An audit in Arizona resulted in an even bigger loss for Trump in the state.
Georgia was audited and re-audited, not to Trump's satisfaction of course.
Trump is going after any Republican who does not bow to his majesty including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
McConnell knows his way around the Senate better than anyone, but he lacks one quality that Trump demands above all else: Loyalty to Trump over traditional Republican values.
Sit the Election Out?
Trump says he won, and TDS Type II fools believe it. If Trump said the moon was purple, most would find a way to believe it.
If he tells them to sit the election out, some of them will.
Enough to matter?
That's the real question. I have my doubts. Independents and moderates are already sick of Biden.
Trump lost the independents and with them the election. In Midterms, the incumbent party normally loses seats, and Biden's approval ratings, especially among independents is in the gutter.
Biden ran as a moderate but his policies are straight out of AOC's, Bernie Sanders, and the Progressive's mouth.
Yet, all Trump cares about convincing people he won in 2020. Amusingly, he sounds just like Hillary, blaming everyone but himself for the loss.
Fortunately, I do not believe this matters. Independents are already as sick of Biden as they were of Trump. And that's a good thing.
The bad thing is some of Biden's progressive wish list will pass before Nancy Pelosi is booted as speaker.
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