Donald Trump has been playing it cool in public. Like the master conductor of an orchestra, he's trying to balance primary endorsements with threats to the Department of Justice and appear calm and collected throughout.
However, reading between the lines of Trump's Truth Social account reveals just how frustrated and trapped he apparently feels as the reconvening of the January 6 committee looms in September and the Mar-a-Lago raid fallout continues.
Did the White House Know about the Mar-a-Lago Raid? Trump Has Theories
Donald Trump loves to appear to be a maverick. He goes it alone, doesn't need anyone to maintain his legacy, and knows how to cut his enemies to the quick.
That's what he wants the public to believe, anyway. But allies have always been a vital component to Trump's rise to prominence in the business world and the political arena, and right now his allies are slowly evaporating one by one.
InfoWars founder and controversial host Alex Jones is the latest Trump ally to jump ship as the baggage weighing down his legacy becomes too heavy for his erstwhile friends.
So to distract himself from worries about his lacking cable television facetime and fair-weather allies, Trump has been taking to Truth Social to get his thoughts and feelings directly to the people, an echo of how he used Twitter in the years during his presidency.
Trump wrote on Monday, "The White House stated strongly that they were NOT INVOLVED, and knew absolutely nothing about, the political Witch Hunt going on with me, & that they didn’t know anything at all about the Break-In of Mar-a-Lago. This was strongly reiterated again & again. WRONG! Remember, these are the people who spied on my campaign, denied it, & got caught. Through the great reporting of John Solomon (Fake Pulitzer Prize?), documents reveal they knew everything, in fact led the charge - a political NO, NO!"
Trump later posted, "'The record of the FBI in misleading courts in past Trump investigations is very much on the mind of many Americans.' Jonathan Turley, Constitutional Law Expert." It was a passive-aggressive plea, a common strategy the former President has employed in the past.
The former President's attempt to throw the White House under the bus marks a new strategy joining his attempts to discredit the Department of Justice, FBI and January 6 chairpersons. At a glance, it looks like a man working through his frustrations and trying to draw attention to what he feels are injustices. But reading between the Trump lines, it's clear that the business mogul is desperate for anything to land with followers - and anything to distract from his mounting legal woes. Those woes now include in addition to the Mar-a-Lago documents and J6 committee, an investigation into election interference and a hot-and-heavy tax investigation in New York over his Trump Organization.
McConnell Issues Grim Survey of Midterm Chances for Republicans
Unfortunately for Conservatives, as the circus plays out in real-time and more unflattering revelations are shared with the public, it's all having an effect on Republican chances in the 2022 midterms.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was confident just a month ago that Republicans would sweep the polls in November and regain control of the House and Senate. Now, however, he's not so sure and the chances are a little worse - about 50-50. McConnell's remarks come on the heels of ones he made last week citing "candidate quality" as a big part of why Republican chances are slipping during a time when they should be hitting a homerun. Trump blasted him for the comments.
Business Insider reports, "The Kentucky Republican made the remarks at business luncheon outside of Lexington, where he also said Republicans would work with President Joe Biden if the party won control of both the Senate and House this fall.
'Flipping the Senate, what are the chances? It's a 50-50 proposition,' McConnell said at the luncheon. 'We've got a 50-50 Senate right now. We've got a 50-50 nation. And I think the outcome is likely to be very, very close either way.'
'If both the House and the Senate flip, I think the president will be a moderate. He won't have any choice,' he added. 'And so, we'll try to find ways to make some progress for the country during the last two years of his term ... but not big dramatic change.'"
McConnell suggested that Republican chances to flip the House are slightly better, but Democrats are increasingly confident as the Trump Show drama continues.