On Sunday morning, Trump surrogate Jason Miller announced on television that Donald Trump’s plan would be to declare victory on election night – no matter the results – and then try to get the courts to side with him. Later on Sunday, Axios reported the same thing. None of this should come as a surprise. Nor should you misinterpret what it means.
If any of Donald Trump’s evil plans had worked up to this point, he wouldn’t be in this situation. The fake scandals he created would be dominating the headlines right now, as if they were real. He’d be even, or ahead, in the polls. He wouldn’t be backed into a corner where he knows he’s about to lose badly, and be reduced to having to beg for millions of ballots to somehow be invalidated.
The thing is, Donald Trump has to falsely declare victory on election night. It’s his only remaining play. If he loses, he goes to prison, his assets are seized, and his life is over – and he knows it. So he has to make the desperate and frankly embarrassing move of declaring victory, and hoping that it somehow magically gets him out of the hole he’s in. It won’t, because if he loses in a blowout, there’s no magically saving him; nothing works in such childlike simplistic fashion.
So don’t mistake Donald Trump’s desperation for some kind of evil genius plan. This is a man whose life is over, and who has no choice but to go out in a desperate and embarrassing manner. Circumstances are forcing him to humiliatingly go down in history as the clown who falsely declared victory on his way to a blowout loss. He won’t just forever be remembered as a villain; he’l be remembered as a pathetic joke.
Desperate panic moves do not equate to somehow suddenly winning. Nothing works that way. If you spend election night cowering in fear to Donald Trump’s embarrassing endgame, then you’ll only be giving him leverage that he doesn’t have. Stand strong. We’ve worked four years to get to this point. We’re heading into election day in just about the best situation we could be in: a large lead, organized and mobilized, united, and victory nearly in hand. Now is not a time to start cowering to a desperate dying man’s last gasps.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report