Donald Trump, whose cognitive abilities are collapsing in real time, and his campaign advisers, who are all complete idiots, have decided that their best bet in 2020 is to promote a laughably phony scandal about President Obama. Trump’s problem with this “Obamagate” nonsense is two-fold.
First, this is an incredibly stupid idea. Donald Trump is historically unpopular, and by promoting an obviously fake scandal about the historically popular Obama, he’s merely going to cost himself votes. That’s why Mitch McConnell doesn’t seem to want anything to do with it. McConnell is corrupt and evil, but he’s not an idiot. He’s not willing to throw away the Senate in November just because Trump wants jealous revenge on Obama.
So now Trump has decided that he needs to pick a fight with McConnell of all people. Trump tweeted this: “Mitch, I love you, but this is 100% true. Time is running out. Get tough and move quickly, or it will be too late. The Dems are vicious, but got caught. They MUST pay a big price for what they have done to our Country. Don’t let them get away with this!” Then he posted multiple retweets with a similar message.
Donald Trump seems to think that by picking a fight with Mitch McConnell in public like this, Trump’s base will begin placing so much pressure on McConnell and the GOP Senate, McConnell will have to cave and start doing things like asking President Obama to testify. One can only hope McConnell ends up caving, because Trump’s strategy here is unbelievably self defeating.
Trump also has to be careful here. Mitch McConnell has been propping Trump up all along, but only because McConnell has felt that it was what was best for himself and his own career. If McConnell ultimately decides that Trump is becoming too much of a liability, McConnell can selfishly push Trump out of office and take his chances in 2020 with a different republican presidential nominee. Trump is playing a dangerous game. But then again, desperate stupid people usually are playing it dangerously.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report