Panicked Donald Trump Lashes Out at Rivals, Distracting from Attempt at Whipping Up a January 6 Version 2.0
On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump shocked the nation by signal boosting the idea of another violent insurrection. After two
On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump shocked the nation by signal boosting the idea of another violent insurrection.
After two years of saying he didn’t condone or organize the infamous January 6 attempt at insurrection, Trump threw his defense away by sharing a comment on Truth Social that promoted another act of violence to take over the government.
After immediate backlash, Trump quickly turned to the next thing he could use to stir up headlines: a rivalry with former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. With the presidency in the balance.
And he wasn’t diplomatic at all as he welcomed her to the 2024 presidential race.
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Donald Trump Signal Boosts Another Violent January 6 Takeover, with Zero Irony
While it’s clear Trump hopes people don’t look too hard at his attempt to promote another violent insurrection, news headlines are understandably having trouble letting go of the former POTUS’s shocking endorsement.
On Wednesday, Trump was taking aim at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
He took the unusual step of sharing comments from other people blasting DeSantis. Usually, Trump only shares comments that praise him.
But on Wednesday, one comment that Donald Trump shared had jaws dropping everywhere.
The post, a comment from a user supporting Trump in a head-to-head against DeSantis, not only shows that Trump supporters are fine with violence, but they’re ready to go for another January 6 – and Trump is completely on board. The user replied to a comment suggesting liberal Democrats would fight to keep Trump out of office again.
The comment, by @freeTX1776, reads, “Then they will have to figure out how to fight 80,000,000 + it’s not going to happen again. People my age and old will physically fight for him this time. What we got to lose ? I’ll donate the rest of my time here on this planet to do it. And I know many many others who feel the same. They got my 6 and we Are Locked and LOADED.”
It’s not exactly that Trump promoting violence is shocking. But to do it in the middle of a criminal investigation into his culpability for January 6 is either extraordinarily arrogant – or extraordinarily foolish.
Time will reveal which one it was.
Donald Trump versus Nikki Haley – the Newest ‘Disloyal’ Former Stalwart
Looking for a headline to turn the tide back in his favor, Trump latched onto a rivalry with his former cohort Nikki Haley.
Haley informally announced plans to run for President in 2024 late Wednesday, setting off a fury of Trump complaints of disloyalty. A formal announcement will come February 15.
Donald Trump got extra petty in his takedown of the former governor.
Trump shared a video of Haley being asked in the past about what she would do if Trump announced plans to run for President in 2024.
At the time, Haley told reporters that she would support Trump. And she even clearly said, “I would not run if President Trump” runs.
But obviously, she has changed her mind – and Trump sees it as a complete backstab move.
When Trump shared the video, he added the sarcastic and biting caption, “Nikki has to follow her heart, not her honor. She should definitely run!”
Haley’s intent to run is bigger than a single candidate – it’s a declaration of war.
Trump entered the 2024 race early, hoping to wave off any competitors and start fundraising early so he could coast to easy victory.
But Haley – once a Trump loyalist – announcing her plans to run show that any GOP star could challenge Trump, including DeSantis or anti-Trump conservatives who could offer a sane alternative to controversy-weary Republican voters.
It’s a warning flag for Trump that he won’t have an easy path to candidacy.
And there’s more bad news for the former POTUS: his early fundraising efforts have been disappointing.
Big-name GOP donors have already said they wouldn’t support Donald Trump and believe it’s time for new blood, and it would seem that even small donors aren’t jumping onto the Trump train this time around.
CNN writes, “Former President Donald Trump’s political operation brought in $9.5 million in the roughly six weeks after he announced his latest White House bid, according to a source familiar with the fundraising numbers.
The haul is smaller than the nearly $11.8 million raised by Trump entities in the six weeks before the Republican’s November 15 campaign announcement, underscoring the challenges Trump faces as he attempts a political comeback.”
If you take a look at the broader implications, it means people support him less now that he’s running again – perhaps retirement was the more lucrative option.
But Trump is desperate to gain the relative protection of the Presidency with multiple criminal and civil headaches closing around him like a vice.
However, it may not be enough – and it certainly may not be fast enough – even if he were to win again.
The twice-impeached former POTUS is hedging his bets in a wild way.