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MAGA World Possibly Falling Apart: Trump Thinks Being House Speaker is ‘Interesting’, Many MAGAs Think ‘Insanity’
We have known since at least the 1990s, back when Trump destroyed Atlantic City driving his casinos into the ground (ETTD), that even back then, almost 35 years ago, that Trump was both a jackass and incompetent. Lest any Republican MAGA thinks that’s a political statement, he was a Democrat at the time.
Most Republicans knew he was a dangerous, incompetent, jackass during the 2015 and 2016 primaries. Lindsey Graham certainly knew. The problem with “most” is that it doesn’t do any good when the person who wins the first four or five states wipes out all but 2-3 in the field. At that point, when he looks to be the nominee, Republicans were faced with a choice, get on or get off.
Many got off, just not enough. Trump won. He has consolidated his base ever since losing the fraction that realized over the last five years that he is dangerous. In 2020, he lost. After January 6th, a few more of the voters peeled away, just not enough to convince the politicians to abandon him.
But now with Trump’s increasing insanity: the obsession about a 2020 election that every politician except Trump knows he lost, the increasing insanity, “reinstatement,” “Facebook,” and now, “Speaker of the House,” it does appear that the MAGAs themselves are splitting.
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Steve Bannon, the person who invented the word deep state is pushing the idea that Trump should lead the way as Speaker in order to impeach Biden. They haven’t yet figured out the crime but they’ll worry about that when the time comes. But according to Rawstory: this is Bannon’s baby. Bannon gave a speech
“[Steve] Bannon told the West Roxbury Ward 20 Republican Committee during a video speech over the weekend that his new strategy is for Trump to run for Congress in 2022, get elected, and then become House speaker… Then, as House speaker, Trump would move to impeach President Joe Biden over the still-unfounded and repeatedly debunked allegations of widespread voter fraud tipping the 2020 presidential election, Bannon reportedly said.”
Except now some Trump allies are beginning to see that this could be the dumbest idea in political history, which is impressive. According to Roger Stone, who worries about a few details, oh – and hates Steve Bannon (split):
“This demonstrates yet again why Steve Bannon is just a deep state operative, prepared to do anything to aggrandize himself and grab money while selling Trump out on a harebrained idea that nobody with any political experience would ever buy into,” Stone added. The professed GOP dirty trickster didn’t return a request for comment on this story.
So sloppy Steve Bannon thinks that former president Trump should run for the House of Representatives, become speaker, and lead the impeachment of Joe Biden. Here’s the problem with this plan: What happens if Trump himself is elected to Congress, but the feckless, gutless, weak-kneed Republicans fail to take a majority,” Stone said. “Then Trump would be a backbench member at the mercy of Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Eric Swalwell and Jerry Nadler.”
Right. Steve Bannon, “deep state operative.” Bannon, again, is the one that came up with the term and began the fight by putting it in Trump’s diseased head.
Now, we’re well aware of the fact that Bannon versus Stone with regard to Trump’s next political move is essentially meaningless. But it is not meaningless when the MAGAs divide up over whether this is a good idea or not. Of course, if Trump is on the ticket in 2024, the MAGAs (a lot of them) will come back. But a division really would be bad for them in 2022 and make the whole sponsorship thing embarrassing. If Trump campaigned about being speaker, whether he ran for a seat in Congress or not, and the Republicans don’t win a majority? Trump will have suffered two losses in two years and facing 2024.
Trump is embarrassed enough. We suspect he will not be running for Congress, but waiting to see if they win a majority and only then try to strong-arm the speakership.
But it’s wonderful to hear that they’re starting to really fight among themselves.
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