Trump Threatens to Run and Win For the Third Time

Mish

"I may even decide to beat them a third time," said Trump at CPAC.

CPAC Video Clip

The Trumpian lap dogs of course cheered the lie that Trump won. Even the WSJ openly calls out Trump's lies on the matter.

Donald Trump is Missed

If We Idolize One Person, We Lose

GOP Senator Bill Cassidy summed things with this brave comment: 'If we idolize one person, we will lose'

"If we idolize one person, we will lose," Cassidy told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." "And that's kind of clear from the last election."

Cassidy, a moderate, was one of seven GOP senators who joined all Senate Democrats in voting to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, but the 57 guilty votes fell well-short of the 67 needed to convict the former President, resulting in his acquittal on the charge of inciting the January 6 insurrection.

"If we plan to win in 2022 and 2024, we have to listen to the voters. Not just those who really like President Trump, but perhaps those who are less sure," he said. "If we speak to the voters who are less sure that went from President Trump to President Biden, we win. If we don't, we lose. That is a reality that we have to confront."

I believe Cassidy nailed it, but I am a bit biased. I said the same things myself long before he did.

Flashback February 9

Here's an Impeachment Trial flashback as I saw things on February 9.  

Trump Dominance is Over

The Trump era is over. As noted Liz Cheney Marks a Welcome New Chapter in the Trump Era

Also, Senator Ben Sasse has me cheering. He delivered a scathing attack on the Nebraska GOP Central Committee.

For discussion and a must play video that went viral, please see Senator Ben Sasse Has Me Cheering. Please Listen Why.

While many Republicans want to hide behind a rock, some are willing to speak out.

And Trump's legal nightmare over tax fraud is about to begin. He pledged to "return in some way" and will, but it will be a lesser way.

All he can do now is make a mess of the party and a fool of himself if he tries a 2024 comeback.

Trump Won't Run

I highly doubt Trump will run. He couldn't take losing a second time. 

Instead, he says he "may" run and will go on saying that for years to stay in the limelight. 

"May run" will keep the media salivating for some time and that is Trump's intent. 

However, the discussion will soon turn from running for president to serious legal issues.

This post is sure to bring TDS charges from Trumpian cultists so I will respond in advance.

Not Liking Trump Does Not Mean Liking Biden

Poor Assumptions

As a Libertarian I could no longer take his tariffs, sanctions, belittling people, massive budget proposals, military spending, weapons to Saudi Arabia, and warmongering against Iran.

My complaints against Trump are about actions and policies.

I voted for him in 2016 but could not take it in 2020. 

Clowns to the Left and Right

Libertarians are disgusted with the clowns on the Left and the clowns on the Right.

I will mostly be bashing Biden for the next 4 years but perhaps he works out a deal with Iran that I will praise. I praised Trump for some things too.

It's about policy, not party, not person. 

Mish

Comments (67)
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Realist
Realist

What an embarrassment Trump was for your country. Worst President in US History. I would think the Democrats want him to hang around and keep dividing the Republican party.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

I'm fine with Trump controlling the party and losing more senate seats in 2022. The Republicans think they can take the house back by running more Trump backed candidates in targeted districts but this wont work because more people are leaving the Republican party. The power disaster in Texas will he remembered as a Republican led disaster. I'm encouraging all democrats to register for Republican primaries where they can and vote for the candidate Trump backs. This will be the strategy to make the government a landslide to the Democrats in the general.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Sasse and Cheney are going to get primaried and even those seats have a shot of flipping to the Dems given the flood of California moderates moving to places like Wyoming.

I also think there is a good chance Don Jr becomes the nominee in 2024 as Trump hands the reins over to his son. But Americans in general are done with the Republcian party of insurrections who were okay with the attack on the Capitol.

Biden may not survive this term given his age but more places are turning blue coast to coast. This is bad news for Republicans in places like Tezas, Arizona and Georgia.

As Republicans seek to make it harder to vote they are going.to find it harder to win elections this way. Also most of the 500k covid deaths were older people who tend to vote Republican. Younger family members will remember those deaths as a Republican failure.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Here is the Republican party in a nutshell today:

  • anti-science
  • pro white nationalist
  • anti immigrant
  • anti voter turnout
  • anti gun control of any kind
  • anti government of any kind
  • pro insurrectionst
  • pro defense and military spending
  • anti infrastructure spending
  • anti taxes of any kind
  • pro bankruptcy of the government
  • pro fascist
  • pro violence as a mean to their ends
  • pro dictator
  • anti choice on abortion
  • anti human rights
  • anti equality
  • anti trade
  • pro Qanon
  • pro conspiracy theory

I can keep going.
The Republican party platform was written by Trump and will stay that way for the foreseeable future.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Libertarians are disgusted with the clowns on the Left and the clowns on the Right.

It wouldn't matter who wss in charge Libertarians would be disgusted because they are always disgusted. Libertarianism is the Trump equivalent of thinking he won in his head. It only exists in theory.

omera
omera

Mish, I am just curious: as libertarian how do you see Paul Ryan who calls himself the same?

Sechel
Sechel

Trump is losing strength according to Karl Rove. Trump only got 55% approval in the CPAC straw poll. Only 55% of the CPAC crowd would vote for Trump in a primary.

Sechel
Sechel

Forget about policy for a moment. Trump was undisciplined and erratic. His decisions were visceral and often he obsessed over failures. Steve Bannon thought he had early signs of dementia

Sechel
Sechel

I couldn't help notice that the CPAC stage was designed to resemble the shape of a Nazi symbol. This kind a thing is not accidental and is designed to send a message to the very same right wing , white nationalist groups that have made inroads into the Republican party , some of which were involved in the storming of the capitol. The Republican party if it keeps this up will ensure it's a regional party at best not taken seriously by anyone

KidHorn
KidHorn

This reminds me of Hillary after she lost in 2016. A lot of talk about running in 2020. Even some hints from her. I doubt Trump will run again. You don't see many overweight men approaching 80. Much less ones who could do a presidential campaign.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

The Golden Golem of Trump pretty much says it all.

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Sechel
Sechel

Mexican Trump?

The artist behind the golden statue of former President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend said that it was made in Mexico.

Artist Tommy Zegan, who lives in Mexico as an American expat on a permanent resident visa, told Politico Playbook on Saturday that he spent more than six months creating the 200-pound statue.

Zegan, with the help of three men in his home city of Rosarito, constructed the statue out of fiberglass and painted it in chrome before transporting it to CPAC this weekend in Orlando, Fla.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Just goes to show.....You can get rid of statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sydney Johnson, and Jefferson Davis (which UT did a couple years back)...and nobody much gives a fuck.....but if you mess with UT Football you’ll end up in a world of shit.

I have two UT Diplomas, but UT Austin is not my undergrad alma mater, and none of my kids went there. So I don’t care what the accidental billionaire good-old-boy network does or doesn’t do with their football donation money. But this is the Golden Rule in action. The men with the gold make the rules.

I always thought the SMU fight song was the best, and that they had the best looking cheerleaders too. jmho

Kick'n
Kick'n

This cult isn't close to being over yet. No mention of 4 or 5 people who died in the riot/insurrection and life just goes on. Kiss the ring and everything is "good".

Jackula
Jackula

I think I remember something about idolizing a golden calf in the book of Moses when I was a kid?

numike
numike

I discovered this carmel popcorn at the grocers and its awesome even with out the peanuts that is in Craker Jack its way better I think I will be stocking up on it

Sechel
Sechel

Now that a day has passed, Trump's TPAC performance was subpar. He polled poorly among attendees as to whether they want to see him run again and his speech felt tired and low energy

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

Wonder what a second Trump presidency looks like? Obamacare further cemented as law of the land? Ten trillion more in debt in four short years? Massive redistribution of wealth schemes like we saw with the stimulus? What did you anti-socialist warriors spend your Trump branded Bernie Sanders redistribution of wealth stimulus check on? More gun control by executive fiat? More taxes in the form of tariffs?

You know since the first four years was stellar conservatism at its best... LOL

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

It is insulting these idiots at CPAC--noting I consider myself a conservative--bring out their golden calf with the Constitution in hand. Trump had no considerations of the Constitution and in fact weakened it with acts like his national emergency for the wall and his banning of bump stocks by executive fiat.

Clearly CPAC stands for Circus Political Action Committee since it isn't a body that advances Constitutional and small government conservatism.


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