The moment Donald Trump lost the election

What was the moment during the campaign when Trump lost the election? Here’s a hint: Trump lost the 2020 election the minute he “won” the 2016 election. He entered office with an approval rating in the low forties, and no path for boosting it. He was never in contention for 2020.

Despite the many scandals, twists and turns of Trump’s nightmarish presidency, his approval rating never really budged much. It remained in the high 30s to low 40s the whole time. That’s a recipe for automatically losing the election. It’s how I knew all along that he’d lose for sure, and there wasn’t one minute in the past four years where I thought he had any chance of winning.

Trump cheated in the end with his Post Office shutdown, which is why the final margin was a bit closer than the numbers were pointing to. But it’s not a surprise that he lost by several million votes. He was simply never in contention. And you have to get super close for any cheating scheme to work.

– Tweet of the day, from Joe Biden’s pick for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield: “I’ve had the privilege to build relationships with leaders around the world for the past thirty-five years. As U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, I’ll work to restore America’s standing in the world and renew relationships with our allies. Blessed for this opportunity.”

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