Donald Trump is coming out of his impeachment trial with the same non-competitive 40% approval rating he’s been saddled with for quite some time, a sham “acquittal” that won’t gain him a single new supporter, and the same dimwitted mindset that’s gotten him into this mess. The question has been whether Trump mistakenly thinks this trial was a victory for him, or whether he understands that he’s in as much trouble as ever.
Last night Donald Trump gave us the answer. After retweeting human garbage disposal Lindsey Graham too many times to count, Trump got around to the business of revealing where his head is at right now. He’s not celebrating his supposed victory, or even trying to figure out how to use it as a basis for moving forward. Instead, as the night went on, he let us know precisely where his head is at.
Shortly after midnight eastern time, Trump began ranting about how Mike Bloomberg is “part of the Fake News.” Then he began whining about how many television ads Bloomberg is running against him, before moving on to some utterly deranged conspiracy theories about the Democratic Party. Bloomberg isn’t even close to being in contention right now, but Trump is nonetheless obsessed with him. It’s easy to figure out why: unlike Trump, Bloomberg is actually a billionaire, and Bloomberg is committed to running ads in favor of whoever wins the Democratic nomination.
By the time it was over, Donald Trump was reduced to making up absurd and incoherent stories about how short Bloomberg is. Does this sound like a guy who thinks the sham impeachment trial helped him, or that he thinks he’s in good shape for 2020 right now? He sounds as frantic, worried, and clueless about 2020 strategy as ever. If the Resistance works hard and works smart this year, Trump will lose. The only way he can win is if the Resistance tricks itself into believing that Trump is somehow magically going to win no matter what we do.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report