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Politics Opinion: Trump is sabotaging himself

08:05  15 october  2021
08:05  15 october  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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There Donald Trump goes again. Abandoning the path to possible victory just to prove a point.

Donald Trump is being himself , not sabotaging himself . “ Sabotaging himself ” implies that he has some operational political method, which he consciously uses. He does not have a plan. He has no impulse control. Or words to that effect. Obviously, that is extreme exaggeration, but it gives you an idea of degree. I think he is being sabotaged every bit as much as he sabotages himself .

There Donald Trump goes again. Abandoning the path to possible victory just to prove a point.

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, the face of President Donald Trump appears on large screens as supporters participate in a rally in Washington. The House committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, with its latest round of subpoenas in September 2021, may uncover the degree to which former President Donald Trump, his campaign and White House were involved in planning the rally that preceded the riot, which had been billed as a grassroots demonstration. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) © John Minchillo/AP FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, the face of President Donald Trump appears on large screens as supporters participate in a rally in Washington. The House committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, with its latest round of subpoenas in September 2021, may uncover the degree to which former President Donald Trump, his campaign and White House were involved in planning the rally that preceded the riot, which had been billed as a grassroots demonstration. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

With Joe Biden faced with wobbly approval ratings and Republicans hoping to recapture Congress next year, Trump is threatening to keep tens of millions of voters home in 2022 and 2024. The reason? Officials around the country are failing to root out the fraud that Trump claims cost him a second term in the White House.

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They got Trump to admit that if there's a government shutdown over border wall funding, it will be all his doing. (Just before the meeting, congressional Republicans were pre-spinning a "Schumer shutdown.") Pelosi solidified her claim to the House leadership while Trump made future bipartisan deals with the According to The Los Angeles Times' Eli Stokols, even Trump realized he was taken when it was over: He "stormed out" of the meeting and threw a folder of briefing papers across the room. Yet there was a loud contrarian analysis that said Trump came out a winner. Why? Because his base loves this stuff.

So, Trump is trying to sabotage his campaign. For that he must pay. As Ducey has paid since certifying the vote on Nov. 30. As Maricopa County’s four Republican supervisors will inevitably pay, for defending the election they oversaw. So what kind of Republican leader, you ask, would try to sabotage the “He (Brnovich) is always on television promoting himself , but never mentions the Crime of the Century, that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election, which was Rigged and Stolen,” Trump said on Saturday. “Arizona was a big part and Brnovich must put himself in gear, or no Arizona

"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24," Trump announced in a written statement Wednesday. "It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do."

Trouble is, of course, there was no meaningful election fraud in 2020. In fact, the very day that Trump made his threat a judge in Georgia became the latest jurist to throw out a lawsuit claiming fraud had determined the 2020 outcome. Although a precise number is hard to come by, USA Today has reported on 62 previous efforts to prove fraud, none of which succeeded. Even a bizarre "audit" by the self-proclaimed Cyber Ninjas, hired by partisans in Arizona, wound up finding more votes for Biden.

Against all the evidence, Trump still demands his fellow Republicans prove he won in 2020, lest they suffer a landslide defeat in future elections as the former president's rabid supporters refuse to vote. For someone who had talked an awful lot about being a winner, this latest threat seems strange. But then again, he has done this kind of thing before.

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Remember the old saw about the salesman who loses money on every sale but thinks he can make up the shortfall by selling in volume? That's what comes to mind every time I hear people say that President Donald Trump is being shrewd by pandering to his base. Consider last week's remarkable Oval "If you are a supporter of the president's policies," wrote the Daily Beast's Matt Lewis (no Trump booster himself ), "this was an especially welcome display — a rare example of a president publicly fighting for his policy goal: a border wall." Across Fox News opinion shows and right-wing talk radio

Trump Is Sabotaging Himself (and His Party) by Pandering to His Base. Across Fox News opinion shows and right-wing talk radio, the view that Trump won was nearly unanimous. Even Yahoo News’ Matt Bai, a decidedly left-leaning observer, excoriated liberals for not understanding that “ Trump knows that every time he flouts the staid convention of the office, every time he does the thing that seems inappropriate among the political set, he’s winning with the chunk of the electorate he still has.”

At the start of 2021, Trump had the job of aiding two Georgia Republicans in runoffs for US Senate seats. In one race, the GOP incumbent Kelly Loeffler faced Democrat Raphael Warnock. In the other, Republican Sonny Perdue was competing against Democrat Jon Ossoff. Biden's victory in the state had shown the independents who could decide the winner were not with Trump. He campaigned there anyway, stressing a voter fraud claim that apparently rubbed Georgians the wrong way. Loeffler and Perdue both lost, which meant the GOP also lost control of the US Senate.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Michael D'Antonio © Toni Raiten-D'Antonio. Michael D'Antonio

The Perdue/Loeffler debacles echoed Trump's destructive meddling in Alabama in 2017. There he campaigned hard for Roy Moore, even after he had been publicly accused of sexual misconduct, which he denied. While the accusations appeared to dampen Republican enthusiasm for their man, Trump's presence electrified Democrats and anti-Trump independents who turned out in big numbers. Democrat Doug Jones won in an historic upset.

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Vote based on quality, not opinion . Political discussion requires varied opinions . Trump has repeatedly used his power to enrich himself and his family, which has resulted in an emolument lawsuit against him. Right? People are acting all surprised that he would sabotage the nation’s interest.

Trump has gotten the ball rolling on some of his economic plans, but he has also sabotaged his own progress through numerous self -inflicted controversies that are sapping his political leverage. Trump stormed Washington with a long list of do-items, but the key elements of his plan to make America great again were economic—stimulative tax cuts , new infrastructure spending , better trade deals, deregulation, and healthcare reform that would get a handle on soaring costs.

Other examples of Trump snatching defeat from the jaws of victory are easy to find. As president, he denied the severity of the Covid-19 threat and embraced a host of anti-scientific ideas about the virus and the pandemic. At the same time, he failed to adequately tout his Warp Speed project to accelerate vaccine development. These two blunders meant that instead of being seen as a warrior against a terrible threat he came across to many as a bumbling crank.

Before politics, Trump became famous for, among other things, multiple bankruptcies of his Atlantic City casinos. Given that gambling halls set the odds to benefit the house, it's hard for operators to go under, but somehow Trump managed. Debt was a big factor.

The times when Trump has acted as his own worst enemy seem to fit what mental health experts call "self-sabotage." This isn't something people do deliberately. Instead, it's an unconscious process that can be evidence of a fear of success. (People who worry about whether they can handle achieving a lofty goal -- like snagging a big promotion -- sabotage themselves so they won't be seen as inadequate once they are in their new position.)

A writer in Psychology Today connected Trump with self-sabotage as he struggled near the end of the 2020 campaign. "Trump may be the absolute best at one thing in particular: self-sabotage," wrote Lili Stillwaggon Swan, Ph.D.

Today, it's the GOP that has allowed Trump to take over. He's demanding that party leaders do the impossible by somehow proving voter fraud that doesn't exist. There's no way to explain this other than to suggest that Trump is indulging in his greatest act of self-sabotage yet.

2016 Presidential Election Investigation Fast Facts .
Read CNN's 2016 Presidential Election Investigation Fast Facts for information about probes into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential race.Here's a look at investigations into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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