With his approval rating sinking to historic new lows and his grasp on the presidency tenuous at best, Donald Trump is making no effort to turn things around. Instead he’s decided that if he’s going down, he’s going to try to take his least favorite Republicans down with him. Trump rolled out of bed before dawn this morning and immediately launched into vicious Twitter attacks on members of his own party, and in the process he pushed for one of them to be removed in a primary challenge.
First Trump teed off on Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who had criticized his response to the Charlottesville white supremacist terrorist attack: “Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer. Such a disgusting lie. He just can’t forget his election trouncing.The people of South Carolina will remember!” In other words, Trump wants us to ignore his own words, and ignore any valid points Graham may be raising, because, well, who knows why. But he was just getting started.
Trump then turned his ire toward Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, another recent critic: “Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!” And so now Trump is informally endorsing a primary challenger to a sitting Senator from his own party. Moreover, Ward is an extremist in a state that’s shifting purple. If she wins the Republican nomination, it will increase the odds of the Democratic candidate ultimately winning the Senate seat.
But at this point Donald Trump seems less interested in saving his own failed presidency, and more interested in taking his own party down with him. If anything, this will only serve to put him in an even more tenuous position with diminishing party support.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report