Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice and, and, and you won’t fool me again! George W Bush
This is actually an update to an article I wrote a couple of days ago, with new and relevant polling information. According to a poll shown multiple times today on MSNBC, in a just released poll, when you ask Republican voters who the legitimate President is, the results are 53% Trump, and 47% Biden. This six months after the election.
So, what’s your point you say? Simple, mon chere. If you look at the same poll, taken on inauguration day, the results read 80% Trump, and 14% Biden. After only 4 months of the Biden administration, Trump is now barely keeping his head above the waterline with the suckers of his grassroots donor list.
This was predictable, and I did. Trump and the GOP have been dealing for more than 5 years almost exclusively with The Big Lie. And keeping The Big Lie going for the long term requires two things. It requires near constant repetition multiple times a day, 24/7. And it requires that the lie not be effectively contested anywhere in either government or the mass media. Those are things that are hard to achieve in a country that hasn’t already gone full autocratic.
And Trump and the GOP no longer have either. Even before his social media exile, Trump was in deep trouble. After all, there’s a big difference between 40 million twitter followers, and The Big Lie being broadcast from remarks from the Oval Office press room podium on every nightly news broadcast. Once Trump got bounced from social media, he might as well have gone mute.
Which leaves it up to the wee beasties and toadies remaining in the GOP caucus to try and carry the water for Trump, and they ain’t doing so good. The problem is that there is nobody currently in the GOP, House or Senate, who has the chutzpah and national recognition to command a national microphone to consistently jam home The Big Lie. And when the eww beasties and toadies, at both the national and state level keep trying to push the mantra, the media is pushing back. And obviously they are winning.
Here’s why this is so important. It’s not like the GOP is lovingly holding the seat warm for El Pendejo Presidente in 2024, they hope he’s up to his ass in legal alligators by that time. They’re kissing Trump’s ass because he literally controls the purse strings of the grassroots GOP donors. And this polling is showing that tat base is shrinking.
The GOP, and especially spineless twit Kevin McCarthy, fluffed Trump in order to keep the money spigot open. And as Bill Murray said in Ghostbusters 2, Oh, Viggy, Viggy, did you back the wrong horse! These are not registered voters, they are Republican voters, base voters and contributors, and they just don’t care so much anymore.
There are two reasons for this. For one thig, it’s really hard to keep up a white-hot piss off forever. Without the daily social media pounding of Trump on Twitter and Facebook, people started actually finding other things to occupy them. Trump was no longer constantly in their ear. Second, life is actually getting back to normal. People are getting outside, going to ball games, and the 2020 election just doesn’t seem quite so earth shattering anymore. Especially with Biden not blowing up the earth.
Kevin McCarthy, meet rock. Rock, meet hard place. McCarthy took the chance that Trump could survive one more midterm election before imploding. Looks like he bet wrong. Those support numbers you see melting away are likely donors, now likely gone for good. But worse yet, people don’t like being played. The longer time goes on, and the more people who peel slowly away from the Big Lie, the more they start to feel like suckers. But The Big Lie is all that the GOP has to push, and how do you think these former acolytes of Trump are going to feel getting their noses rubbed in it? Don’t touch that dial.
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