Lets get something straight….
This is NOT 2016 again…..
Donadl Trump IS a used car with the cops dropping tickets on him…..
Jonathan Bernstein: “For starters, there’s a former president running for the first time in more than 100 years. And it’s not just that: He’s a twice-impeached former president, one whom seven members of his own party voted to convict.”
“That’s not all! He’s also facing serious ongoing legal troubles in New York and Georgia, and is being investigated by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department. And while there’s plenty of Republican grumbling about Trump, including blaming him for the party’s poorer-than-expected 2022 election results, there’s been hardly a peep from Republicans about the fact that their frontrunner could be indicted — multiple times — even before the Iowa caucuses.”
“Then there’s Trump’s image. Eight years ago, he had no governing experience at all. Now he’s a former president. Back then, he was popularly known as a business-savvy billionaire from reality television. Now only his supporters view him that way; many if not most Americans see him as a liar about the election and a fomenter of the attack on the Capitol. Back then, many voters saw him as more blunt and more moderate than typical Republicans. Now? It’s hard even to understand half of what he says, unless you spend a lot of time immersed in the world of the Republican-aligned media.”
“Donald Trump’s knack for generating millions of dollars simply by emailing or texting supporters has helped him maintain a firm grip on the Republican Party since the 2016 presidential race,” the New York Times reports.
“But in the first weeks of his third presidential campaign, he notched a less-than-stellar fund-raising haul, yet another signal that his hold on some conservatives may be loosening.”
“Donald Trump’s political operation has spent more money since he left office on lawyers representing the former president and a pair of nonprofits staffed by former Cabinet members than it has on Republican congressional campaigns,” the Washington Post reports.
Jonathan Last: “Just as an objective matter, the 2024 nomination should be Trump’s to lose. He has the standing, the elected official support, the state-level infrastructure, and the money. If he’s the same candidate he was in 2016, then he should be able to grind out a victory pretty easily.”
“The 2016 version of Trump did a lot of things well. He had fun. He had tremendous energy. And he was attentive to the care and feeding of the people he brought into his movement.”
“So far, none of those descriptions match Trump 2024. He’s not having fun. He’s lethargic. And he’s basically decided that all of the people who flocked to him in 2016 because he was good for business owe him their continued support today, whether or not there’s anything in it for them.”
Philip Bump: Trump is at risk of being what he least wants to be: Boring.
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