Watching Trump implode

Watching Trump implode

Watching Trump implode over Governor Ron DeSantis this week leads me to suspect Trump truly believed his nomination in 2024 was a fait accompli.

Just another way Donald Trump is devolving into Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s preemptive meltdown went over like a lead balloon among a heck of a lot of Trump supporters. Not all of them to be sure. The ForeverTrumpers were tickled by it. They think Ron DeSantis is some RINO “Bushie” sent by the Establishment “Uniparty” to tank Trump’s glorious return to the White House.

But for the Trump voters who don’t get their “news” from The Gateway Pundit or fall for Steve Bannon’s every prediction, Trump’s preemptive strike on DeSantis was petulant, defensive, and reeked of panicked desperation.

I voted for the guy twice and went to bat for him countless times during his term in office. Watching him turn into a corncob before our eyes is disappointing, to put it mildly.

On Thursday, Trump released an angry, somewhat unhinged statement attacking Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post for daring to suggest that Ron DeSantis may be the future of the Republican Party.

Or as the Post cover put it: “DeFuture.”

Come to think of it, I said much the same thing on Wednesday.

After attacking the Murdoch papers, Trump directed his impotent rage at Ron DeSantis himself.

A panicked Trump declared the Republican firebrand who racked up win after win during his first term in office and won reelection in a landslide “an average Republican governor” who only won Florida because Republicans from blue states wanted to move somewhere sunny.

Ah, I see. They just wanted to live somewhere sunny. Then why aren’t they moving to California? Plenty of sun there. Or, perhaps they chose Florida because they like how that Ron DeSantis guy governs.

I admit, that claim made me laugh out loud, but not as much as Trump accusing DeSantis of lacking “loyalty and class.”

If it was a sin to lack “loyalty and class,” Trump will be spending an eternity in hell.

Most of Trump’s tantrum, released on his official “Save America” letterhead, was a diatribe “explaining” that Ron DeSantis only won the 2018 election in the first place thanks to Trump.

Trump’s support may have helped Ron DeSantis eke out a win by less than 1 point in 2018. But DeSantis winning in a 20-point landslide in 2022 is all due to Ron DeSantis.

But it is that landslide victory (not to mention the statewide Red Wave from the down-ballot Republicans riding on Ron’s massive coattails) that prompted Donald Trump to publicly implode by releasing this ludicrous statement.

Trump even claimed that he “sent the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys” to Broward County to stop “ballot theft.” That claim was quickly debunked by the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office which released a statement saying there was no federal law enforcement presence in Broward during the 2018 election.

In short, Trump believes if DeSantis had any loyalty and class, he would remember how much he owes Trump, bend the knee, and officially proclaim that he will not challenge Trump for the nomination.

Keep in mind, Ron DeSantis hasn’t uttered a single word of criticism about Donald Trump, not before the midterms or since. So this statement isn’t an example of Trump’s infamous “punching back,” which is why it stinks of envy and sour grapes.

I’m guessing that Donald Trump spent the last two years believing that Republican voters would never even look at another Republican the way they once looked at him.

Seeing the groundswell of enthusiasm and excitement over Ron DeSantis must have been a cold slap of reality to him.

Trump presumed we all would greet the news of his November 15 official announcement like he was Jesus entering Jerusalem, with us tossing palm fronds at his feet and shouting, “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Then Ron DeSantis stole his thunder.

You can understand why someone with an ego like Trump’s would melt down in a very public way.

I followed the reactions to his statement on Twitter Thursday evening, scrolling along on my iPad and seeing the stunned disbelief and anger from people who voted for and supported Trump both in 2016 and 2020.

After someone posted the statement on Twitter, Jesse Kelly observed:

I was genuinely excited to see a primary fight between these two. I think that’s what would be best for the country.

But apparently Trump is going to just embarrass himself and go down in flames and I’ll be honest, it saddens me a little. Not how the Trump era should end.

When someone replied to Jesse’s tweet noting that this would only be the beginning, and the primary fight “has barely started,” Jesse responded:

No it hasn’t. If Trump is dumb enough to attack the guy EVERY Republican in America is currently happy with, this primary is already over. He’s gonna lose at least half his support to DeSantis overnight.

Kelly followed up by noting that Ron DeSantis won’t say anything in response to this meltdown, adding:

He doesn’t have to. Apparently Trump is just gonna implode overnight. Freaking sucks. Didn’t want it to end like this.

Dave Reaboi shared Jesse’s opinion, saying on Twitter:

Don’t forget—DeSantis has ignored Trump successfully for 2 years, barreling ahead with victory after victory. Absolutely no reason to change, and he won’t.

Traditionally, Donald Trump gets pleasure from feeding off the angry responses from the targets of his attacks. So being ignored by DeSantis will only hasten Trump’s implosion.

For the last two years, the Trump-supporting Republicans who would tell reporters that it was time to move on from Donald Trump would only do so off the record.

But after his behavior this week which included celebrating the losses of Republican Senate candidates he deemed insufficiently loyal to him and attacking popular Republican Governors like DeSantis and Virginia’s Glen Youngkin, some Republicans are no longer afraid to go on the record, including Virginia’s Lt. Governor Winsome Sears:

Unsurprisingly, the ForeverTrumpers have labeled Sears a “traitor” because to them, it isn’t America First; it’s Trump First.

This was not the outcome Trump was hoping for just days before he announced his Triumphal Entry into the 2024 race, which may be why it was reported that some of Trump’s advisers are urging him to postpone at least until after the December 6 Senate runoff in Georgia.

Going through with his announcement less than a week after pissing off all the voters who like and admire Governor DeSantis does seem like a bad idea. At the same time, postponing it would only feed the speculation that Trump is vulnerable. And there is no way in hell Donald Trump would want that speculation taking root.

In short, Trump set himself up for a “damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t” scenario, and he has nobody to blame but himself. And maybe the reason we’re watching Trump implode is that deep down, he knows it.

On a side note:

I wanted to apologize for how few columns I’ve written lately. I know a lot of you stop by every day and are probably a bit irritated by how seldom I’ve been posting.

In addition to the odd Lupus flare or freaking food poisoning, I’ve also been struggling with some vision issues that are causing massive headaches whenever I’m on the computer for too long.

While I wear progressive lenses, I can’t wear them when I work at my computer. Sure, progressive lenses include the mid-range, but it is such a small portion of the lens that it’s of little use when all I need is mid-range. So for the last ten years, I’ve been working at my computer without glasses at all. And while that was never an issue before, over the last year, it’s become a growing problem.

On most days, after spending between four or five hours doing the writing for my paying job, my headaches are so bad that I’m unable to endure another two hours or so to write for or, heaven forbid, create an image in Photoshop. It’s a bitch, let me tell you.

Any road. I was scheduled to see my eye doctor last month, but the food poisoning incident forced me to reschedule. On Tuesday, I finally got to see the doctor and he did a full exam, tested for Hydroxychloroquine-related eye damage, and issued a new prescription for my progressive lenses. But this time, in addition to getting the progressive lenses, I also ordered a separate pair of glasses with only the mid-range prescription so I have something to wear while working at my computer.

Truthfully? I should have done that ten years ago.

My two new sets of glasses are supposed to be ready for pick-up sometime this week, so hopefully, my computer-only pair will alleviate the eyestrain headaches I’ve been saddled with, leaving me free to spend more time here staring into my iMac.

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24 thoughts on “Watching Trump implode

  • November 12, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    It’s too bad Trump spent the last two years whining about how he got cheated, but did nothing to address the obvious, underlying ballot problem.

    Instead of fixing the problem, and preventing a recurrence, he made it all about him, him, him.

    and another thing, Trump has built this army of supporters, but where the generals, the lieutenants, to make this army function? Those rallies were the same event, in different places, but to the same faces.

    This is so frustrating, and now we have the rinocrats stepping in to enrich themselves.

  • November 12, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Donald Trump tarnished himself this week. I was tremendously disappointed in him. I voted for him twice, but I am not a fanatical forever Trumper either.
    Its time for him to step back & keep his mouth shut for a while.
    6 years of non stop media attacks have damaged his image beyond repair for many Americans. Expecially people like my mother who still watches CNN & believes everthying she hears on that channel.
    There are now more people that hate/distrust him than there are people that love him. Running in 2024 will be a big mistake. He would be far better off to work in the background on election integrity & quietly funding candidates through PACs .

  • November 12, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    I am starting to think Trump sees himself as first in line for the next vacancy in the Holy Trinity.

    • November 13, 2022 at 10:27 am

      Well said.

  • November 12, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    After the Battle of the Coral Sea, the USS Lexington, a valiant fighting ship, was still afloat but so badly damaged that we had to sink it ourselves to prevent its capture. Heartbreaking. That’s Trump in my mind. I, too, voted for him twice. And I believe him to be a victim of unprecedented political injustices. But the damage is done, and if he declares for president his entire campaign will be spent fighting subpoenas and indictments with no discussion or media coverage of the issues. I’m hoping DeSantis or someone like him can give us a fresh start without all the baggage Trump carries with him. I’m praying DJT accepts the reality of the situation and steps aside.

  • November 12, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    I am pretty amazed after President Trump opened your eyes to all the corruption in the swamp to which each and every one of you were oblivious, you now are falling for the Uniparty triikeration of hoax #348 led by none other than the Lincoln Project and the establishment. It’s a sad day when a man puts himself between you and the folks that want to destroy you and your country, takes the arrows ultimately intended for you and you failed to listen, and certainly failed to learn a damn thing. you arrogant ignorant turncoats are no more awake than the left loons. Don’t come crying back to the fold later. “Choices will have to be made” You are making yours.

    • November 13, 2022 at 4:10 am

      If you believe for one nano-second that the Lincoln Project doesn’t want Trump to be the nominee, then you’re the one who’s sound asleep, Mike old man. The LP’s entire grift depends on Trump. Without him, that idiotic group would collapse like a soufflé. The Lincoln Project wants Trump as much as you do, maybe more since I’m guessing promoting Trump hasn’t made you a millionaire and given you air time on cable news.

      Should I label you a Lincoln Project shill for wanting the same thing they do? No, of course not.

      So why label Trump voters who want a competitive primary in 2024 “ignorant turncoats?”

      Ignore the genuine concerns at your own peril, Mike. Plugging your ears and convincing yourself that these reliable Trump voters are just foolish, ignorant “turncoats” who are gullibly falling for some grand behind-the-scenes scheme plotted by Paul Ryan may make you feel righteous, but it will do nothing to address those concerns. And failing to confront and address the concerns won’t get Trump the nomination. Nor will telling all of us who express that concern “don’t come crying back to the fold later.”

      As Jesse Kelly put it yesterday:

      Dear Trump Hardcores,

      Times change. It is not 2015. It is 2022. Almost 2023. Shouting “ESTABLISHMENT!” or “RINO” at anyone who criticizes Trump will not work this time around. He is losing supporters. His own supporters. He is. I’m trying to HELP you. Wake up.

  • November 13, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Dylan Thomas wrote: “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” I don’t mind Trump raging at all, his rage keeps me from going postal; but, I think he should direct that rage at the Dems, wokeness, and other social/economic/military/financial/educational issues plaguing our nation. Keep shining the light on the Biden Administration and the direction our country is going…and, if the people want his leadership, they will call. If the people want DeSantis’ or someone else’s leadership, Trump can still serve by raging against the Dems.

  • November 13, 2022 at 9:09 am

    I voted for him, too. I appreciate all the things he did for America and her people. I got satisfaction whenever he kicked the dems in the ass and went off on them. But his going after my beloved governor is really wrong and has soured me on him. He is showing his true colors and his massive ego will be the end of him politically. DeSantis is a brilliant man, has an impeccable resume, is a statesman in every way, and has done a fabulous job here in Florida. We will hate to lose him, but he will make the best president we could ever hope for.

  • November 13, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Nominating Trump in the 2024 primary would be a mistake of biblical proportion. We can all acknowledge his successful conservative policies, but his baggage (however undeserved) is waaaay over limit. He is damaged beyond repair and pouncing on DeSanitis was the final act of petty stupidity. He is damaged goods, and we as former (or current) loyal supporters need to admit that to ourselves and allow him to ride out into the orange sunset.

  • November 13, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Trump is acting like a democrat thinking he’s owed the nomination. He lost my vote this week. Doubt he will be the nominee anyways. If he had only kept his mouth shut. Guess he really hasn’t learned a thing. Now if McCarthy and McConnell would only implode.

  • November 13, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    dianny the WHINNY!

    [As insults go, this is certainly the most incomprehensible. — Dianny]

  • November 14, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Good luck with the new glasses, Dianny! Vision problems can be such a pain, particularly when it affects your range/focus for work. We appreciate when you do find time to post here at Patriot Retort. But take good care of yourself first.

  • November 14, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Best wishes with your health Dianny. We are grateful for you!

  • November 15, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Those that matter may not currently recognize it but President Trump’s previous one term in office may have the best term in America’s history to date. I may not be a expert or scholar in the subject but I know it when I see it. As for turning his glare too strongly toward fellow conservatives, I say focus on the others — that do and will continue to abuse the system.

    Excellent post, beautifully timed. Thank you Dianny. Two years ahead for more cohesion of constructive conservatism


  • November 15, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Division is just what the swampers want. Both Dirty Dems and Republican establishment types.
    If they can cause division then things go back to where they were before Trump was elected and exposed them.
    Trump needs better advisors around him.
    It seems he has boot lickers on staff instead of people who will tell him to just stay quiet about DeSantis or anyone else they try.
    If DeSantis runs the propaganda machine will rip him apart just like they’ve done to Trump. They’ll cheat on the elections, they’ll lie, they’ll bring lawsuits, etc.
    It’s easy to fall into being part of the psyops.

  • November 16, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    I Hope your new glasses do the trick, I picked up a new pair of frames with essilor high index progressives along with all the bells & whistles those special lenses need a couple weeks ago but someone,… & no one can tell me who …decided the field of view at the bottom only needed to be about as wide as a pencil!
    After a brief discussion, that was peppered with a lot of “ I dont know who”, a new pair of lenses are on order which means another 40 mile trip and about 2 hours

  • November 17, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Don’t Count the Donald out.

  • November 18, 2022 at 1:16 am

    I wear bifocals and have them for ‘normal’ and ‘computer’. Haven’t had a headache in years. I get my glasses at EYEBUYDIRECT on the Internet. Great service and great prices. Highly recommended.

  • November 18, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    What a bunch of unAmerican assholes hanging out here. I should be more careful fallowing links cause I always end up in little shit holes like this land fill.

    • November 19, 2022 at 4:11 am

      Thanks for reading!

  • November 19, 2022 at 10:56 am

    GREAT analysis, Dianny.

    I’ve been out of the Trump bubble for over a year now, witnessing him continuing to make his own demise in the political arena. And when the Trump bubble finally bursts, it’s not going to be pretty. Am I a “divider?”, nope…just using my critical thinking skills and thinking outside the box. Trump is NOT my savior, he’s only another man who’s ego is tragically going to get the best of him. The Bible explicitly says that; “Pride goeth before destruction, a haughty spirit before the fall.”

    I am a Patriot, a veteran of over 20 years and still uphold my oath. I will fight for my country in many different ways, but I will not follow a man who’s egotistical mindset is to make people dislike him, even hate him, because of his childish antics. That is NOT leadership, that is a forceful and demanding mindset.

  • November 25, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    I’m done. You think you’re the smartest person in the room. You’re not. Used to read you every day – but your TDS is disappointing-

    • November 25, 2022 at 4:13 pm

      I happen to know for a fact that I am indeed the smartest person in the room. Mostly because I am the only one in this room at the moment. That will likely change once the cat comes back in.

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