When Trump promised in 2016 that we’d see so much winning under his presidency that we’d beg him to stop because “we can’t take it anymore,” little did we realize what he was truly talking about.
We thought Trump meant America would win, but it turns out he was speaking of himself and how he would personally win.
On that note, he’s right by the way. We are tired of his definition of winning and it needs to stop because we can’t take it anymore.
One example of what Trump considers winning is his recent racist comments about four duly elected Democrat members of Congress. In one of his classic Twitter rants this past weekend, Trump told Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar — all women of color — to “go back” to the “broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”
After receiving backlash for his remarks along with an official condemnation by the House, Trump doubled down yesterday and announced his intention to continue fighting the group he refers to “the squad” because in his mind he’s “winning” the battle.
“I’m enjoying [the fight] because I have to get the word out to the American people. And you have to enjoy what you do. I enjoy what I do.”
One reason Trump is “enjoying the fight” is because of his narcissistic need to always be the center of attention. And the reason he believes this strategy is winning is due to a new Rasmussen poll showing a 4 percentage points uptick in his approval numbers to 50 percent.
He tweeted his thanks to the “vicious” — a rather ironic word choice under the circumstances — freshman Democrats for the news:
New Poll: The Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in predicting the 2016 Election, has just announced that “Trump” numbers have recently gone up by four points, to 50%. Thank you to the vicious young Socialist Congresswomen. America will never buy your act! #MAGA2020
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2019
Though Rasmussen did get 2016 correct, they are notorious for their pro-GOP bias and get it wrong more often than right as was the case when they had Romney beating Obama in 2012.
Trump also believes he’s winning based on a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll showing him up 5 percentage points to 72 percent with Republicans since making his racist comments. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Republican party has been shrinking in number since 2016 which means he doesn’t necessarily have more support. Here’s a practical example: If I have 72 percent of $100, I have $72. But if I have 67% of $125, I have over $83.
In other words, there isn’t necessarily a direct correlation between higher percentages and an increase in the number of supporters.
On a side note, the GOP looks like it will continue losing members as millennial women have been leaving the party in droves.
Trump believes his brand of winning will make
America himself great, but as Wilt Chamberlain once said, “The mere fact of winning doesn’t make you great.”
If that was ever true, it’s certainly true of President Donald Trump.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative.
His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.