Donald Trump, despite the ignominy of being historically unpopular and being an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal plot, is nonetheless continuing to hold campaign rallies for the Republican congressional candidates he likes. Perhaps we should say he’s holding rallies because he likes the sound of his own voice, and the candidates just happen to be there. But his rally tonight in Las Vegas landed with a thud.
To give you an idea of how much relative starpower Donald Trump has lost, none of the three major cable news networks fully aired the rally. Even Fox News, which was given an exclusive on-site interview with Trump tonight, ended up cutting away in favor of a panel discussion as his speech dragged on. Although a large number of Trump fans were in attendance, and things started off enthusiastically, his meandering and semi-coherent speech prompted some even some of his own fans to give up and go home.
The White House Correspondent for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Debra J. Saunders, was in attendance at the rally. Here’s what she tweeted: “People have started leaving the Las Vegas Convention Center as Trump nears 60 minute mark in his speech.” So there you have it: even Trump’s own supporters seem to be losing interest in his increasingly listless and delusional rambling. Not that his speeches ever made much sense to begin with.
So did Donald Trump say anything of any interest tonight at his Las Vegas rally? Not really. He did say that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford should be allowed to testify against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, if it happens quickly. That’s a sign of just how tepid Trump has become. The old Trump would have been making up horrible nicknames for Ford and demanding that she be randomly deported. The new Trump seems to simply be giving up – and even his deranged supporters are finding him less entertaining than ever.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report