“What Do I Do? What Do I Do?”: Trump Desperate, Despondent as Numbers Crater, “Loser” Label Looms

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    • #332763
      leftcoast mountains
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      July 2, 2020

      With Donald Trump’s approval sinking to Jimmy Carter levels and coronavirus cases spiking across the country, Trump is reluctantly waking up to the grim reality that, if the current situation holds, his reelection is gone. Republicans that have spoken with Trump in recent days describe him as depressed and “down in the dumps.” “People around him think his heart’s not in it,” a Republican close to the White House said. Torn between the imperative to win suburban voters and his instincts to play to his base, Trump has complained to people that he’s in a political box with no obvious way out. According to the Republican, Trump called Tucker Carlson late last week and said, “what do I do? What do I do?”

      To console himself, Trump still has moments of magical thinking. “He says the polls are all fake,” a Republican in touch with Trump told me. But the bad news keeps coming. This week, Jacksonville, Florida—where Trump moved the Republican National Convention so he could hold a 15,000-person rally next month—mandated that people wear masks indoors to slow the explosion of COVID-19 cases. According to a Republican working on the convention, the campaign is now preparing to cancel the event so that Trump doesn’t suffer another Tulsa–like humiliation. “They probably won’t have it,” the source said. “It’s not going to be the soft landing Trump wanted.”

      Neither the Trump campaign nor the White House responded to requests for comment.

      Trump remains furious at his son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom he blames for the campaign’s dismal poll numbers. Axios reported this week that Trump complained privately that Kushner’s advice on criminal-justice reform damaged Trump politically. But because Kushner is family, sources say it’s unlikely that Trump will formally strip him of authority.

      vote for nobody

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    • #332771
      Jan Boehmerman
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      At least it means that ONE of them will LOSE!

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      N2Doc
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      Ohio Barbarian
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      7 or 8 points in Florida. Minnesota’s gone. Ohio’s a tossup, and he won by 8% here in 2016. His approval ratings are down across the board. He’s losing white voters over 65 nationally, and in especially in Florida, Arizona, and the Midwest.

      People see that he’s incompetent. He’s completely screwed the pooch on the pandemic, and older people feel endangered by his incompetence. He’s even lost a few points with evangelicals.

      I think a lot of people feel helpless about so much, that their very lives are out of their control, but they can do something about that son of a bitch in the White House. With Donald Trump, they know what they are getting, and they don’t like it one bit. They’re also just tired of his daily bullshit. To most voters, Sleepy Joe looks like a relief in comparison.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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      Where he can cause trouble to his heart’s content.

      That would actually leave the rethugs in a much better position. They can nominate one of their smarter, yet still despicable pols. Maybe Mitt will ride in on his white horse? 🎠

      tRumpy is becoming so unpopular that the level of election fraud/vote flipping they normally do is going to be painfully obvious.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie

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      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      A Republican strategist close toMitch McConnell told me that Republicans have Labor Day penciled in as the deadline for Trump to have turned things around. After that, he’s on his own.

      What are they gonna do? ….. send him walking down without his bus pass?  Is it a turtle bus? Is he gonna have the big one? Is Mel Trump gonna ditch his ass? Is his youngest son gonna film it all on social media to avoid dying of embarrassment?

      I only care that it still leaves us with another stinking piece of shit in the WH, and you better count on his VP pick as the next in line walking off a short pier.

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

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      NV Wino
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      That brought Jimmy Carter’s number right up.

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
      “Politicians and pro athletes: The only people who still get paid when they lose.” William Rivers Pitt

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      A Simple Game
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      I hear Iran’s nice this time of year.

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