I would love to know how many people watch Trump’s so-called ‘briefings’ every day. First of all, he has nothing to say. Second, he just repeats the same lies and insults again and again. If this is how his new campaign manager has re-set his floundering campaign, as my grandfather would say, oy zuch en vay, which basically means you can stick it you know where.
Now that we are into the fifth, straight month in which Biden continues to hold the same, 8-point lead, I think it’s safe to ask the inevitable question which is this: Why does anyone think that Trump can win again? Why may sound really stupid until and unless you take a long, hard look at the numbers from 2016. And what those numbers really show is that Trump won the 2016 election by a margin so slight that the idea of a big, devoted ‘base’ ready to support him again is a big, fat, joke – almost as fat as his rear end.
Trump became #45 because he got 306 electoral votes. The only two Presidential elections in the past hundred years where the winner received fewer electoral votes was Bush in 2000 and Carter in 1976. But Carter won the popular vote in 1976 and Bush lost the popular vote by less than 500,000 votes. Trump lost the 2016 popular number by 3 million votes.
Now let’s look at the so-called ‘swing’ of blue to red states. In fact, what really got Trump into the White House were the results from three states: Michigan, Wisconsin, and PA. The last time these states voted red was in 1988. Together, those 3 reliably-blue states gave Clinton 6,577,816 votes, Trump got 6,655,560, a difference of 77,744 votes, a difference of one-half of one percent of all the votes cast in those three states.
Now you would think that someone who came into office with such a razor-thin margin would realize right from the git-go that his term of office would be shaped by how well he could convince a real majority of Americans that he understood why they didn’t want him around. To the contrary, what Trump has done for the last four years minus three months is to pretend that his election heralded not only the rebirth of America, but the beginnings of a new ‘movement’ that has never been seen before.
This new ‘movement’ is so big and strong that they couldn’t even turn out a full house at Trump’s June rally in Tulsa, and had to postpone his New Hampshire rally in early July, an event, by the way, that his campaign said would be ‘re-scheduled’ for sometime in the following two weeks.
Know what the great campaigner did yesterday? He held a meeting in the White House to announce yet another Executive Order requiring that the federal government always hire Americans first. Here is what he said: “I’m signing an executive order to ensure that the federal government lives by a very simple rule: Hire American. We’ve been doing it at a level that hasn’t been done maybe ever.”
Note the word ‘maybe.’ The truth is that his claim about hiring Americans first for government jobs was a statement he made up right there and then. So he inserted the word ‘maybe’ just to make sure that when someone does a quick fact-check and discovers that he was wrong, his silly, little press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, doesn’t have to admit that he lied.
Want a better one? Trump is now defending his non-response to the Covid crisis by saying that we have ‘better numbers’ than anywhere else. Our per-capita GDP happens to be four times higher than the rest of the world. And Trump is comparing our Covid response to countries whose economies produce a fraction of the goods and services that we enjoy?
That’s me (above) putting the Biden sign on my front door. If Trump wants to continue using the most foul, racist narrative to appeal to his so-called base, let him go right ahead. Just remember, we only need three states.