The Trump campaign has yet to reverse the slide but Trumpian chaos does continue.
With COVID cases hitting record highs and Donald Trump’s poll numbers going in the opposite direction, (dinner party) guests agreed that Trump is probably incapable, or unwilling, to take steps to turn things around. “We have to be prepared for Trump losing,” Ingraham told her dinner companions, according to the source.
…. On Tuesday, Trump’s favorite pollster, Scott Rasmussen, released a poll showing Trump at 39% approval, the lowest number Rasmussen has ever recorded for Trump.Trump’s popularity among Republicans dropped four points since mid-June, to 80%. The dismal polling is one reason why visible cracks in Trump’s Republican firewall are increasing. Staunch Trump ally Lindsey Graham, facing a tough reelection, broke with Trump this week over the president’s Twitter attack on Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and Trump’s defense of the Confederate flag. Yesterday aides to Senators Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski said the three senators would not be attending the Republican convention next month in Jacksonville (if the convention even takes place, as Trump has backed away from his plan to deliver an indoor convention speech in front of 15,000 people).
At a moment when he needs to calm restive Republicans, Trump may antagonize them further by commuting Roger Stone’s 40-month sentence. According to sources, Trump has told people he wants to commute Stone’s sentence before Stone reports to prison on July 14. Rumors swirled over the weekend that Trump would announce it on Sunday night. Sources say the West Wing is at war over a possible Stone commutation. White House counsel Pat Cipollone is against the move, and even Attorney General Bill Barr is opposed. “Barr has told Trump not to do it, and if he does there will be a mutiny at DOJ,” said a source briefed on the internal debates. People close to Trump fear he won’t listen. “You can’t underestimate how hard it is to get information through to him,” a Republican close to the White House said. “When you talk to him, he just talks at you. He doesn’t like to read memos, so there’s not really a way to get through to him. Everyone agrees.” (The White House declined to comment.)
“Projection is the process of displacing one’s feelings onto a different person, animal, or object. The term is most commonly used to describe defensive projection.”
On July 3, at Mount Rushmore, U.S. President Donald Trump warned about the threat of a novel fascism: “In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.”
As with the fascist leaders of the past, there was in Trump’s speech a contradiction between his words denouncing tyrannical invisible forces and his actual dictatorial leanings. In fact, Trump echoed a classic technique of past fascist leaders; fascists always deny what they are and ascribe their own features and their own totalitarian politics to their enemies.
#RussianBounty questions continue.
Trump Pushed CIA to Give Intelligence to Kremlin, While Taking No Action Against Russia Arming Taliban https://t.co/e6MKHRyHUA
— Jonathan Broder (@BroderJonathan) July 8, 2020
That is exactly why Trump was installed. The shocking part is how this Russian agent who has been dealing w Russian mafia/intel/Kremlin for 4 decades was allowed to get this far. I understand it happening in Ukraine w Yanukovych bec of Russian infiltration but not in America
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) July 9, 2020
Trump has no interest in stopping his treason with Russia. He's obsessed with finding out how he got found out.
— Michael MacKay (@mhmck) July 8, 2020
More shaking down.
So . . . here’s Trump saying to the states, ‘You want federal education money? I need a favor though. Open all school in September or else . . .’ pic.twitter.com/1oFTJKxqQQ
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) July 8, 2020
It's little things like how you see photos of him swinging a golf club more than riding in a cart. But more than that: news language treats anger as strength & vigor. Even "tough" coverage focuses on Trump "hitting," "slamming," "lashing." Not new to him, but he benefits from it.
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 8, 2020
Also worth noting that most of this activity was aimed at domestic audiences. Disinfo starts at home, guys.
— Ben Nimmo (@benimmo) July 8, 2020