There’s a reason we’re now seeing unpopular figures ranging from Mike Pence to Nikki Haley to Mike Pompeo float the idea of running for President in 2024. They know they can’t win. But they also know that if it’s a wide open Republican field with no real frontrunner, they can muddle along in last place all the way to the Iowa caucus, and then use their high profile interviews during caucus season to promote their latest books, which means millions of dollars for them. This gives away that these former Trump sidekicks don’t expect Trump to even make it to 2024.
Yet another unpopular former Trump sidekick, Chris Christie, now has a lucrative on-air political commentary deal with ABC News. Christie – ever the opportunist – is firmly moving beyond Trump, because he knows that Trump is finished. Suffice it to say that Donald Trump, who is now facing criminal indictment in three jurisdictions and is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison, isn’t taking any of it well.
Trump has posted a berserk new tirade on his own failed social network, calling Chris Christie “sloppy” and angrily insisting that Trump “never wanted” Christie. Oddly, Trump didn’t bother to specify what he never wanted Christie for, but that’s not surprising, given the increasingly incoherent nature of Trump’s frenzied ramblings in the days since the news broke that Trump’s indictment in Georgia is “imminent” – even as DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith ramps up his indictment process, and the Manhattan DA is now finally moving to indict Trump as well.
At this rate the first criminal indictment against Donald Trump could drop any day now, or any minute now. Trump knows it, which is why he’s melting down like this. And Trump’s former sidekicks know it too, which is why they’re selfishly moving forward with their own agendas at his expense. And as always, Trump is blaming those closest to him for his own endless string of failures.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report