These three are solely the most recent to comprehend that the return on funding for loyalty to Donald Trump is strictly zero. McConnell, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler all stood on the Senate ground in February and acquitted Trump on prices he abused his energy in workplace and obstructed Congress. However now that it is time for Trump to return the favor, our self-absorbed President appears to be doing all the things he can to make it tougher for all three — and maybe giving the Democrats the reward of management of the Senate as he leaves workplace.
Trump’s political messages began hurting the Republican senators in Georgia lengthy earlier than this Christmas season. Trump railed in opposition to early voting all through the marketing campaign to sow doubt concerning the election outcomes and set the predicate for the outrageous claims of voter fraud and makes an attempt to nullify the November election.
Early voting, historically a robust go well with for Republicans, offered Biden with the margins he wanted across the nation. In Georgia, Perdue fell simply wanting the 50% threshold to keep away from a runoff in his re-election bid. Within the different Georgia Senate contest, Loeffler got here in second to Democrat Raphael Warnock in a race the place no candidate hit the edge. The mixture of large early voting by Democrats and decrease numbers on the GOP aspect made the January 5 runoffs doable.
Trump’s response to the election outcomes has additionally hit Perdue and Loeffler arduous. His bitter criticism of Georgia’s Republican governor and secretary of state for not serving to him overturn the outcomes has cut up the Republican Occasion within the state. Setting off a round firing squad inside the Republican Occasion was an surprising reward for the Democrats.
And it is a reward that retains on giving. Trump’s loopy conspiracy about voter fraud and his refusal to just accept the outcomes of the election current a transparent messaging problem for the GOP. Underneath extra regular circumstances, a lame duck President would make a robust case for profitable the races to assist maintain his get together’s management of the Senate. However Trump cannot be full-throated with this message and lay out the stakes whereas contending in opposition to all proof that he can have a second time period. Republicans need not win both race if Vice President Pence will nonetheless be there for the subsequent 4 years to interrupt a tie within the Senate.
Trump could have saved his greatest reward to the Democrats along with his Christmas week torpedo launched at Congress. Home and Senate leaders spent months painfully negotiating a Covid-19 reduction invoice offering desperately wanted support to hundreds of thousands of People struggling via the pandemic.
Democrats have been pushing for a big stimulus test to be despatched to People, whereas Republicans opposed any direct funds. The compromise at $600 was seen as a victory for the Republican Senators who held the road in opposition to an even bigger quantity. Then, after all of the votes have been taken in Congress, Trump referred to as the invoice a shame and proposed a $2000 test — a transfer that fully undermined the Republican messaging machine.
Perdue and Loeffler now should defend why they voted for the small fee, which the President now opposes. Voters are usually not more likely to give attention to the President being fully absent from the reduction negotiations and solely talking out after the votes have been solid.
To make issues worse, the President additionally conflated the Covid-19 invoice with the omnibus spending invoice, which have been connected to one another for the vote. The President derided a number of spending objects like overseas support and help of the humanities, which in truth have been taken from his personal price range proposal, reminding conservative voters in Georgia that their Senators voted for what Trump calls disgraceful spending.
Whereas the President could in the long run signal the invoice, he did no favors for his get together’s Senate candidates. The President is the chief of the Republican Occasion, and all indicators counsel he’ll proceed to be influential for a while after leaving the White Home. However his actions this week ought to remind Republicans that Trump has no loyalty to the GOP.
Repeatedly we have now discovered with the President that it’s only about Trump. And the parting reward of Trumpism, as Joe Biden is sworn in, could be a Senate managed by the Democrats.