Donald Trump suffered a body blow on Tuesday night, as his endorsement of Republican candidate Ed Gillespie fell flat in the Virginia race for Governor, and Gillespie lost by an even larger margin than expected. Trump quickly responded to the loss via his infamous Twitter account. Many would have expected bombast, seething anger, or outright incoherence. Instead Trump’s response revealed he’s gone off the delusional deep end.
Here’s what Trump tweeted after the Virginia race for Governor was called decisively for Democratic candidate Ralph Northam on Tuesday night: “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!” In some ways this is even more devastating for Trump than if he had simply tweeted angry garbage, because this reveals he doesn’t understand how screwed he is – and he also apparently has no idea which elections are even going on.
Trump asserted that Gillespie lost because he failed to embrace Trump. However, the reality is that Trump has become so toxically unpopular in all but the reddest of states, Gillespie concluded he was better off ignoring Trump and taking his chances on his own. Gillespie knew he would probably lose without Trump’s help, yet he figured he would lose even worse with Trump’s help. That’s how toxic Trump has become. Then there’s the matter of Trump’s inability to count to five.
Thus far in 2017 there have been five major special elections, not four. Donald Trump appears to have no idea that the special election in California even took place, let alone that the Democrat won it in a blowout. The other four races were a result of Trump having cherry-picked people from highly Republican-leaning districts for his own cabinet, and in fact the Republicans performed far worse than expected in all four of their wins. Rather than going off the berserk deep end in response to Tuesday night’s humiliation, Trump went off the delusional deep end. This was his worst day yet, and he’s too far gone to even know it.
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