“Earlier this month, the Senate Republican campaign arm circulated a memo with shocking advice to GOP candidates on responding to coronavirus: “Don’t defend Trump, other than the China Travel Ban — attack China.”
The Trump campaign was furious.
On Monday — just days after POLITICO first reported the existence of the memo — Trump political adviser Justin Clark told NRSC executive director Kevin McLaughlin that any Republican candidate who followed the memo’s advice shouldn’t expect the active support of the reelection campaign and risked losing the support of Republican voters.”
Donald Trump expects unquestioned loyalty from Republican senators, and even a nuanced criticism of his policies results in automatic condemnation on Twitter.
Trump’s dementia has taken a toll on his mental acuity, but he remembers every perceived slight and he’s not one to forgive and forget.
Therefore, Trump was outraged at the Senate Republican campaign arm for circulated a memo advising Republican Senators running for reelection not to defend him.
It should be noted that it’s not unusual for senators and congresspeople running for reelection to distance themselves from the incumbent president of their own party. Even popular presidents, like Obama, make mistakes during their tenure and politicians usually run touting their own merits.
Trump’s base will remain faithful to their false messiah, come hell or high water. But after Trump’s disastrous management of the coronavirus pandemic, I expect more than a few Republican senators to practice social distancing from the president.
Trump is a stinking pile of dung and he’s made such a mess out the coronavirus pandemic that fewer and fewer Republicans will risk losing their seats by defending the indefensible.