Forget the last 2020 election ‘stealing’, Donald Trump

In his trademark fashion, the late New York Mayor Ed Koch once summed up his views on whether voters should decide whether to support a candidate.

“If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, you should support me,” Koch said. “If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, you should see a psychologist.”

His strange observation popped into my mind in Palm Beach Interview with Donald Trump on President’s Day. As I wrote last week, No 45 was comfortable in a white golf shirt and red MAGA hat as he answered questions about the Biden presidency, his relationship with the Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and his dealings with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, and European leaders.

But one topic reigns supreme, and that’s the main reason I asked for an interview. It regarding the 2020 election, and related to Ed Koch’s views on how voters should think about candidates.

Elections ‘stolen’

My question to Trump is: “You keep claiming that the election was rigged, that you actually won, and that your victory was stolen.

“But if I as a voter agree with you on most policies but disagree with you on the election results, or just tired of hearing you talk about it so much – should I vote for you? are not? Is it a kneeling test that I have to agree that the election was stolen? “

Trump shook his head and said no without elaborating before asking me a question: “But since I won, how could I not talk about it?”

After marking list of states where he’s been accused of fraud, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, he added, “Everything I say is true and it’s being proven as we say it.”

It’s the endless rabbit hole of continue to declare and audit that doesn’t prove to mean anything, so I repeat the question: “Is the deal a test for voters?”

President Joe Biden
The door is wide open for former President Donald Trump to sweep past ailing President Joe Biden in 2024.
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His answer changed, and after quoting large crowd size During his recent rallies, he stated, “These people want me to talk about 2020 more than anything else. If I don’t talk about it, I’ll lose a lot of them.”

Although he is correct that most polls show GOP voter majority agree that the election was stolen, less than a third of independents agree and only a fraction of Democrats do. The overall total in most polls falls between 1/3 and 40% and appears to be decreasing over time.

In short, Trump is playing a losing game. For most voters, the 2020 train has left the station.

When I suggested so much, he insisted that “most voters can walk and chew gum at the same time” and said there was a need to “find out what happened” in the last election. past or “they will try to cheat again”.

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden take part in the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University's Medical Education Campus in Cleveland, Ohio in 2020.
The majority of polls show that voters have passed the results of the 2020 presidential election.
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He added: “I think Democrats cheat in the elections,” and seemed to compare it to the way “men play in women’s sports.” undermining women’s sports”. He ended by saying, “Our electoral system is broken and corrupt.”

I told him about a small dinner party I had organized among four conservative New Yorkers in Florida the day before. All four voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020 and plan to vote for him again in 2024 if he runs for office.

However, they also unanimously wanted him to quit talking about the stolen election, saying it was time to move on. They want to hear more about how he will handle many overwhelming crises Biden administration.

He responded by repeating what I said – that four conservatives would vote for him regardless – then insisted he wasn’t “sticking to it endlessly” before adding that he have to talk about the final election “because it is the most important thing for some people. ”

“But,” I asked, “is it the most important thing to you?”

Attendees applaud former President Donald Trump's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida on February 26, 2022.
Attendees applaud former President Donald Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on February 26, 2022.
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When he quickly said no, I asked what it was, he said, “The biggest, most important thing for me is to bring the country back.”

His obsession

That was essentially the end of the interview, but it was hardly the end of his obsession with his past. The next day, when radio host Buck Sexton asked Trump what something went wrong in Ukraine, The former president declared: “Well, what was wrong was a rigged election. And what is wrong is that a candidate should not be there and a man has no concept of what he is doing. “

In the same radio interview, Trump hit the news with another dumb statement, saying it was a “genius” and “very knowledgeable” move for Putin to announce parts belong to independent eastern Ukraine before the start of the invasion.

To be sure, there’s nothing controversial about Trump’s fundamental view of Biden being outperformed by Putin. This view is widespread, even many Democrats say Biden and NATO Weak and slow to develop countermeasures as Putin encircles Ukraine from three sides with nearly 200,000 Russian troops, tanks, armored vehicles and missile launchers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald J. Trump (L) chat during a break from the leaders' meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. 25th in Danang, Vietnam, November 11, 2017.
Former President Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for going above NATO in his bid to conquer Ukraine.

But especially in public life, how you say something is often as important as what you say. And by praising Putin’s strategy When a Russian brute invades an ally, Trump seems unpatriotic.

The root of all these linguistic blunders lies in the former president’s inability to accept defeat. He insisted that he had won and was duped by his attempt to shirk any responsibility for the outcome. The truth is, he should have hit Biden like a drum.

However, more than a year later, he is still trapped in the web of victims he is swirling around his loss. One result is that he has no clear understanding of what he could have done differently.

When I asked him if he had any regrets about his tenure, he admitted that “you always regret it,” but gave no specifics. Instead, he rebutted the defense that “from the day I got off the escalator, I’ve been attacked.”

He’s right about it, and no president has ever been treated like unfairly by the media and Deep State as he is. Also true, he has the right to contest the outcome, as Democrats often do.

Dig yourself deep

But Trump, according to his habit, knows no end, and his conduct and comments about the election played a major role in creating the atmosphere. for the January 6 riots at the Capitol. However, that role was eventually defined, there was no doubt that he was in a much deeper hole, legally and politically, than anything else.

Look at it this way: If he admits defeat before January 6, he will have a clearer path to a second term, especially in light of the Biden’s disastrous performance.

Instead, too much of Trump’s focus remains on the past at a time when Americans desperately want it, and the world needs a leader for the future. Forget the last 2020 election ‘stealing’, Donald Trump


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