Donald Trump Makes Bizarre 10-Second Video to Cap Off Midnight Posting Frenzy
Donald Trump released four videos late yesterday on Truth Social. The last video, just 10 seconds long, was a bizarre non sequitur that has people scratching their heads.
Donald Trump has had a mixed bag of a week so far.
His greatest rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, seems to be on the outs with all of his donors and political pals, because he’s taking his personal vendetta against Disney too far – along with his social/culture war extremism.
And Trump sold out a new series of NFT trading cards in just a few hours.
But it would seem that something is nagging at the former President, as he spent another sleepless night posting on Truth Social.
Just before midnight, the former POTUS released a series of videos on Truth, and the last one – well, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher.
Donald Trump Late Night Video Posting Frenzy
Trump has always struggled to connect with people through writing.
Although he has always had huge audiences on social media, he tends to write in a manner that is scattered and often comes off like a litany of complaints.
But when he speaks before his followers, he knows how to say what gets them fired up.
Unfortunately for Trump, he’s burned the bridges he once walked with every major news network, so he struggles to find any sort of on-air time to reach out to his followers on primetime.
That has left him with only one option: create his own videos and release them on his platform, Truth.
Sometimes, the videos are a few minutes long and sound like a campaign rally. He outlines his plans for another Trump administration, and encourages followers to pay attention and turn out for the 2024 election.
Sometimes, those videos are bizarre.
Last night, Trump posted 4 videos in the evening, most around 1 minute long and focused on the concept that the 2020 election was rigged and stolen – even though it was not.
He also recalled that moment last month when he was arrested and indicted on 34 felony counts in New York. He called it “The best day in history,” and cited soaring poll numbers for why it turned out to be a good thing.
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But the fourth video in the series was just 10 seconds long, and most of that was occupied by the display of Trump’s logo.
Trump simply leaned into the camera and querulously asked, “Where’s Hunter?!’
Released less than an hour before midnight, Trump’s intention was surely to remind his followers that President Joe Biden has a son whose actions have sparked considerable concern of illegal and unethical behavior.
But instead, it was a bizarre non sequitur. Trump also shared the video to Instagram.
Donald Trump and the Post-Indictment Polls
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Trump’s newly re-discovered enthusiasm is likely due to the fact that the bump in the polls he experienced after the indictment has now turned into a slump.
Republicans rallied behind the former POTUS after his March indictment, but a new poll shows his brief advantage is fading fast.
According to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll of 1,530 adults conducted April 14 to 17, Trump’s popularity is not as strong as it was just a few weeks ago.
Yahoo! News reports, “Just two weeks ago, Trump was lapping Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, his strongest potential challenger, by 26 percentage points in a one-on-one matchup among voters who describe themselves as Republicans or Republican-leaning independents (57% to 31%). It was the former president’s widest lead to date.
Since then, however, Trump’s advantage over DeSantis has shrunk by 10 points (52% to 36%).
And while Trump retains majority support — just barely — in a head-to-head face-off against DeSantis, he has slipped back under 50% when pitted against the full Republican field, falling 3 points (to 49%) since the beginning of April.”
The numbers aren’t huge, but the context in which they’re occurring spells big trouble for Trump.
After all, DeSantis may be popular among some voters right now, but his chances for the 2024 nomination are dwindling to nonexistence. Megadonors and long-time supporters of the Governor are pulling away from him due to his extremist views and apparent desire to use his position for personal vendettas.
That means that Trump is no longer commanding a lead against a hypothetical opponent who isn’t even that popular.
It’s a bad sign for Trump, and a bad sign for DeSantis.
It’s a good sign though for any Republicans looking to challenge them. Once thought to be the unassailable frontrunners, both Trump and DeSantis are looking far weaker and more vulnerable in recent weeks.
And Trump, at least, has certainly caught onto that fact.