Desperate politicians have been known to make monumental mistakes. And in the case of Donald Trump, numerous mistakes and even purposeful malfeasance. This often occurs when they observe their campaign circling the drain and everything they try to reverse the trend fails miserably. They end up in a downward spiral that only accelerates their descent into madness. It's ultimately a self-destructive, but unyielding compulsion.
As Trump's fortunes continue to disintegrate, he resorts to the most infantile and hostile components of his character, or lack thereof. He lashes out with insults, flagrant lies, and attempts to tarnish the reputations of his perceived enemies. He knows he can't rehabilitate his abhorrent public image, so he tries to bring his opponents down to his level. That's a long walk.
What we are seeing from the Trump campaign these days is the manifestation of that strategy. He is devoting virtually all of his campaign rhetoric to maligning Joe Biden as “sleepy,” “corrupt,” and/or “a far-left radical socialist” who will “destroy America.” But how Biden can be both mentally deficient and an evil genius has not been explained.
There is, however, an unintended consequence of this tantrum throwing tactic. If Trump defines Biden as a wild-eyed leftist radical, as well as suffering from cognitive decline, Trump is admitting something devastating about himself. After all, he is losing to Biden in most national polls by double digits. He is also losing in almost every crucial swing state. And it isn't just the popular vote where Biden has a commanding lead. Electoral College estimates are currently predicting a landslide victory for Biden.
So Trump's fantastical fictions about Biden's ideology and psychological state have the effect of humiliating himself for not being able to prevail over such an allegedly pathetic opponent. If Trump can't beat a commie with dementia, he might as well drop out of the race. He's already been reduced to a previously unthinkable act: praising Hillary Clinton:
If the biggest difference between 2016 and 2020 is how much “smarter and sharper” Clinton was, then why is Trump still getting crushed by Biden? What's more, while the enthusiasm for Trump among his cult disciples is pretty good, he isn't counting the the enthusiastic opposition to him that is powering Biden's campaign. And the numbers aren't in yet for the boost Biden will get from selecting Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Finally, Trump takes another swipe at Fox News, something he has been doing with frequency lately, despite simultaneously running to Fox for cover every few days. But he does have a point. Even some reliable Trump-fluffers on his State TV network are noticing his weaknesses. Fox's political editor, Chris Stirewalt just published an op-ed that made the case that “Trump is starting to sound desperate.” Starting to?
Trump himself is falling off the far side of the sanity fence, and the American people can see it. He is embracing the QAnan conspiracy. He's plotting to heckle the democrats during their convention next week. And his defiling of democracy – and the Constitution – by sabotaging the Postal Service is Trump's most brazen step toward tyranny to date.
Yet this brand of perverse politicking can only prove to be futile. The American people don't support such anti-patriotic, power hungry, viciousness. And they certainly won't get behind a loser who can't compete with someone he claims is worse than Stalin with Alzheimer's. Not only is the accusation preposterous, it highlights how impotent Trump is going into the final days of the campaign.
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