The evidence is building daily that the Republican party has a mentally unstable man as the frontrunner for its 2024 ticket. He is prone to all-caps screaming meltdowns on his social media platform. Last night Donald Trump suggested that the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, Mark Milley, should be executed for treason. That was plenty weird. People have been parsing through that one all day. But then tonight, he said something stranger still. He went on a mad riff about automatic voter registration, like this was something new in the world.
Motor-voter isn’t exactly revolutionary. Florida has had it for many years as has other states. God forbid we register people to vote when they renew their driver’s licenses! pic.twitter.com/WC7lPVCfwT
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 24, 2023
the tweet ends “& WIN! THE PENNSYLVANIA REPUBLICAN PARTY MUST ENERGIZE, GET TOUGH & STOP THIS SCAM – OUR COUNTRY IS AT STAKE!!!”
ARGGHHH!!! YOU CAN’T REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE!!! THEY MIGHT EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS AND ACTUALLY CAST A BALLOT!!! REPUBLICANS ONLY WIN WHEN PEOPLE STAY HOME!!!! WHERE’S MY FUCKING KETCHUP BOTTLE?!! AND WHERE’S MELANIA-UHUHUHUHHHH???
Man, I’m getting exhausted even trying to imitate his style. Sheesh, where are the tranquilizers? Oh wait, that’s what the serving staff at Bedminster is asking right about now. Maybe Kari’s got some.
Now as well you know, this issue of registering to vote at the DMV is nothing even remotely new, so I’m not sure what Trump is up in arms about. He seems to be stretching for a topic to vent his spleen on. What I personally believe is really going on is that he’s upset over a recent CNN poll which shows Joe Biden 12 points ahead in a hypothetical match up in New Hampshire. Twelve points is a lot and in a swing state, too. That is not an easy thing for Trump to digest and clearly he’s not digesting it. He’s displacing aggression on something which is 1) mundane; 2) totally normal; 3) not going to change no matter how much he screams about it.
The CNN poll was published yesterday and I think that Trump sees it as a harbinger of doom. As well he should. So he’s got that bad news from one swing state, New Hampshire, he’s conflating that with something mundane in Pennsylvania — which is another swing state. Supposedly he’s mucking around in Nevada, yet another swing state, and that’s not working out the way he wants it. The story there (or here, since it’s PolitiZoom’s home, being where Murf and I both reside, in Sin City) is that the GOP has announced it’s going to hold a caucus on Feb. 8 to determine the state’s presidential primary winner.
The problem with that is that “Nevada officials have already scheduled a primary at the ballot box — two days earlier — to determine the state presidential primary winner.” This is getting seriously loony. Michael McDonald, one of Trump’s fake electors in 2020 and the chairman of the Nevada GOP is getting into it with the DeSantis group. I vaguely remember that DeSantis’ roommate, Adam Laxalt, who failed in his Senate run against Catherine Cortez Masto, was going to take care of everything for Ron. Doesn’t look like that’s happening.
And finger-pointing has ensued between the state party chair and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis allies.
A super PAC aligned with DeSantis pointed to the process in its decision to end door-knocking efforts in Nevada this week, calling the state GOP chair a “Trump puppet.” An official with another presidential campaign told NBC News it will probably “write off the state entirely.”
“Irony is not lost on us that Trump and his cronies rail against elections that aren’t actually rigged, but then go rig an entire state’s election,” the official with one of the GOP presidential campaigns charged. The official requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on strategy.
A Trump campaign adviser responded that the caucus system is one dictated by the grassroots.
“To attack Republican leadership for picking a process that they believe should be done by Republicans in Nevada, they’re also essentially attacking Republicans in Iowa,” the Trump adviser said. “You can’t attack a party process without attacking the grassroots.”
Trump campaign adviser Chris LaCivita said DeSantis’ super PAC, Never Back Down, was “out-organized” in the state and now is lodging accusations because of sour grapes.
As you see, whatever Trump’s plans in Nevada, they’re not running smoothly. Nevada is a key early state in the presidential process, being the first contest after New Hampshire and the first one out west. Theoretically, if you win Nevada, it builds momentum going into South Carolina, the final of the four early nominating states.
And Trump needs as much momentum going into South Carolina as he can get, because that’s Tim Scott and Nikki Haley country and he’s not polling well there, because of that.
Bottom line? I think that between the news coming out of New Hampshire and the news coming out of Nevada and the way things are going legally, Trump is realizing that his dreams of reelection are like the proverbial mirage, they’re just disappearing as he approaches them. Conversely, the wheels of justice are becoming all too real and all too loud, as they grind inexorably in his direction.
So he’s focusing on complete B.S. in Pennsylvania, in order to process the terror going from his small thumbs through his tiny brain and then down to his two-sizes too small soul.
That’s my opinion, in any event. Stay tuned. There will be many more all-caps meltdowns, threats of violence, executions, who knows what all, on the next episode of As Trump World Turns.