Hey, Lyin’ Ted and Sleepy Joe: Meet Toxic Trump. You know, if the former president had the slightest self-knowledge or even the slightest ability to self-depreciate, he might consider giving himself this alliterative moniker.
After three consecutive national counts in which he or his party or both have been hammered by the national electorate, it’s time for even his supporters to accept the truth: Toxic Trump is the political equivalent of a can of Raid.
What Tuesday night’s results suggest is that Trump may be the most profound electoral repellent in modern American history.
The surest way to lose at these midpoints was to be a Trump-backed politician.
This is not hyperbole.
With the exception of deep red states where a corpse Republican would have beaten a Democrat, voters choosing in genuinely competitive races – which everyone expected to behave like midterm voters usually do and lean towards the incumbent — took a look at Trump’s handpicked and gagged acolytes.
Liberal fundraisers have actually put money behind Trump-endorsed candidates in GOP primaries everywhere to help them win so Democrats can take them on in the general election. It was obviously cynical and an abuse of our political process. But it worked like gangbusters.
As Kevin Robillard of the Huffington Post noted on Wednesday afternoon, when a Michigan Democrat named Hilary Scholten was finally declared the winner of her House seat against a berserk named John Gibbs: “With this race call, every Republican who has won their primary with the help of Democratic interference has lost in the general election.
Gibbs is an example of Trump’s monomania. A former official in Trump’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, Gibbs tweeted that officials associated with Hillary Clinton were participating in satanic rituals. But whatever! Gibbs believed the 2020 election had been “stolen” from Trump, the only position the former president matters.
Trump backed Gibbs in the primary to unseat incumbent Republican Peter Meijer because Meijer had the temerity to vote for impeachment after the Jan. 6 disgrace.
Trump succeeded. The Republicans lost the seat.
This pattern repeated itself over and over again.
In almost every place a Trumpster lost, there had been a regular Republican who could and should have been the party’s nominee – a nominee who could have taken advantage of the particularly horrific facts and fundamentals facing Democratic candidates in 2022.
But then Toxic Trump entered those races, picking the candidate who bowed the lowest — or, as in Pennsylvania, went for a snake-oil-selling doctor because, it seems, his wife enjoyed watching mehmet oz carny-bark on afternoon tv.
And the history of independent voters tells us that they would normally have flocked to the GOP saying, “Oh, man, what’s that stench?”
Over the past four midterms, the indies have picked the party that didn’t hold the White House by double-digit margins. In 2018, with Trump as president, the independent vote was 12 points in favor of the Democrats. In 2006, with George W. Bush in the Oval Office, the number was 18 points. When Obama was president in 2010 and 2014, India gained 16 and 12 points respectively in the Republican sense.
This week, independents went 49-48 for Democrats. One point — the other way around.
The independents then made the difference and they made the difference on Tuesday. They didn’t want to keep hearing about voter fraud that didn’t exist, or how the world had wronged a whiny multi-billionaire who had lost his re-election bid due to his own incompetence.
Voters have their own problems. This election was about them, not Toxic Trump’s pathological inability to come to terms with his own failure — and his desperate need to elevate cringe-inducing creeps while punishing politicians capable of independent thought.
British politician Oliver Cromwell once said of other British politicians who had overstayed their welcome and were ruining the country: “In the name of God, go!
Yo, Toxic Trump: Scram.
TRUMP’S BIGGEST LOSERS
DR. MEHMET OZ
David McCormick, former undersecretary of the Treasury Department under George W. Bush, has been recruited to run for the Pennsylvania seat vacated by Republican Pat Toomey. But Trump preferred TV personality Oz and attacked McCormick in the primary. Oz lost to John Fetterman, a Democrat who was so troubled by a stroke he could barely debate.
Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders were keen for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to run against Democrat Mark Kelly for the Senate. But Trump faulted Ducey for not illegally nullifying the 2022 election results in Arizona, and the governor decided not to run. The race has not been announced, but it looks like Kelly will defeat Holocaust denier Masters.
The Republican candidate for senator from New Hampshire has won support from Trump for saying 2020 was stolen in the primary. But when he faltered in the overall, Trump attacked him, and when Bolduc lost to Democrat Maggie Hassan, Trump disavowed him.
Trump was all-in on the former NFL player despite other Republicans’ doubts. Walker vastly underperformed fellow Republican Brian Kemp (whom Trump declined to endorse or campaign for because he would not illegally nullify Georgia’s vote), who won re-election as governor. Walker now faces a runoff with Senator Raphael Warnock.
The GOP thought it had a shot at the Pennsylvania governor’s seat, but Trump bolstered the election-denying Mastriano, who lost to Democrat Josh Shapiro.
She got Trump’s endorsement and a primary win by claiming 2020 was stolen. But Republican Dixon lost the Michigan gubernatorial race to incumbent Gretchen Whitmer.
New York Post