With midterm elections rapidly approaching and the next US presidential election truly just around the corner, if you think about it, Donald Trump’s former spokesperson Alyssa Farah Griffin has outlined what she believes is the key way to actually weaken and ultimately beat the corrupt, deranged former president and it honestly makes perfect — go after the “dumb endorsements” the former guy has been making left and right lately, as he tries to center himself as the “kingmaker” of the GOP.
Trump and his people act as though his “complete and total” political endorsement is worth its weight in gold among the Republican party, despite passing hundreds of them out like hotcakes over the past almost year and a half since he left office. Most recently, he’s publicly thrown his support behind some pretty controversial candidates like Dr. Oz and J.D. Vance, and with each one of these things, his desperation seems to become more and more apparent.
In his endorsement of Vance, in fact, he publicly admitted, “J.D. Vance may have said some not so great things about me in the past, but he gets it now, and I have seen that in spades.”
Recently, Josh Dawsey and Michael Scherer with the Washington Post put out a new report suggesting that the ex-president’s riskier endorsements could eventually serve as a huge liability to the former guy and his potential political future.
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As such, Dawsey and Scherer interviewed a variety of key Republicans and members of Donald Trump’s innermost circle for their report, including former Trump spokesperson turned public critic, Alyssa Farah Griffin, who made it known that she sees her former boss’ erratic and unhinged endorsements as the ultimate Achilles heel for the former guy.
The Post report reads:
The biggest way to defeat him is to electorally chip away at the notion he is the most powerful endorsement in the country. He still is, but smart operatives need to play against him in races where he’s made dumb endorsements,’ said Alyssa Farah Griffin, a former White House communications director under Trump, who has become a critic.
In at least one high-profile case, Trump has shown caution, dropping Alabama Senate candidate Mo Brooks as an endorsee when Brooks faded in the polls, after watching his first Pennsylvania endorsement, Sean Parnell, withdraw from the race.
But in other races, he continues to lean in. He is likely to endorse candidates in several more competitive primaries, even as some people around him say he is willing to take risks they would not. Advisers say he wants to hold rallies in almost every key state where he has made an endorsement.”
The entire WaPo piece echoed the sentiment that the risks Trump is creating through his erratically unhinged endorsement strategy will ultimately serve to weaken and possibly destroy his reputation and standing as a presidential candidate come 2024.
As it stands, early Republican polls still show Trump poised as the frontrunner among the party for their pick as a presidential candidate. However, even in that position, the former guy continually fails to pull in a 50 percent or more majority in almost all of these polls. That means there’s certainly an opening available for Trump to slip into the cracks, should non-Trump voters in the party rally around an opposing candidate. But, to be frank, the 2016 election already proved to us, that “if” is a massive one.
Read the full Washington Post report here.
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