Donald Trump has finally found a Republican special election candidate who’s in enough trouble to take on the incredible risk of inviting Trump to come help out. We’ve seen how poorly that’s worked for Roy Moore and other failing GOP candidates who have bet on the erratic and unpopular Trump as a last ditch measure. But even as Trump campaigns for Rick Saccone in a very red Pennsylvania district, who’s in danger of losing to upstart Democrat Conor Lamb, Trump is merely reminding us all how far gone he is.
Trump gave an unhinged speech at a Saccone rally which largely consisted of cursing out Meet The Press host Chuck Todd and making thinly veiled racist remarks about Congresswoman Maxine Waters. It’s not difficult to see why Republican candidates have been increasingly hesitant to associate themselves with Trump over the past several months. But don’t tell that to Trump, who seems to think that he has a perfect record when it comes to these endorsements.
Here’s what Trump tweeted this morning: “The Republicans are 5-0 in recent Congressional races, a point which the Fake News Media continuously fails to mention. I backed and campaigned for all of the winners. They give me credit for one. Hopefully, Rick Saccone will be another big win on Tuesday.” There are so many things wrong here, we’re not sure where to start. He appears to be referring to the five Congressional special elections in the first half of 2017. His record was 4-1 in those races, not 5-0. He literally can’t count to five. It gets worse.
Of those five earlier races, four of them were in extremely red districts, and one was in an extremely blue district; hence the predictable 4-1 outcome. In more recent months, Trump’s preferred candidates like Luther Strange, Roy Moore, and Ed Gillespie have generally lost, even in red states and districts. Gillespie, despite having been behind in the polls at the time, didn’t even want to embrace Trump’s endorsement. Based on how badly Trump is screwing things up for Saccone this week, it’s not difficult to see why.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report