One of the biggest storylines thus far in the primary election portion of the 2022 midterms is that Donald Trump’s candidates are doing rather poorly. His endorsed candidates have lost in Nebraska, Idaho, and other places. Mehmet Oz didn’t receive any bump in the polls at all from Trump’s endorsement, and now Oz has finished two points worse than where he had been before Trump endorsed him.
But by far, Trump’s most embarrassing failure of an endorsement is in Georgia, where he endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue, who’s now down a whopping thirty-five points in the polls to his fellow Republican candidate Brian Kemp. This endorsement was personal for Trump, given that Trump blames Kemp for having failed to help him overthrow the election. Yet Perdue keeps falling further and further behind Kemp in the polls.
Now, with just a few days left until the primary election takes place, NBC News has reported that Trump has washed his hands of David Perdue. That’s right, Trump now wants to ditch the loser he picked, after he spent months failing to influence anyone to vote for that loser.
Of course the headlines about Trump ditching his own losing candidate are arguably even more embarrassing than the upcoming headlines about Trump’s candidate losing in a blowout, Trump not surprisingly insisted it’s fake news that he’s ditching Perdue. But this is all just drawing more attention to Trump’s upcoming blowout loss.
With a handful of laudable exceptions, the mainstream media (on the left, right, and center) has largely ignored the major ongoing storyline about Trump’s failure to move the needle for his candidates, and has instead been pushing a narrative about how well Trump’s candidates have been doing. That narrative is fictional, but it’s been better for ratings.
But once Trump’s candidate Perdue gets blown out on Tuesday, the media has a past-due responsibility to admit the fact that Trump’s endorsements just aren’t moving the needle – even among Republican voters.
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