This comment originally appeared in the Ohio Capital Journal.
After two years of relentless lies by Donald Trump about the 2020 election – lies that sparked a deadly attack on the US Capitol to try to overthrow a free and fair American election – Ohio’s newly elected US Senator, JD Vance, says it don’t be the traitor Trump’s fault that Republicans failed to create a national red wave in 2022.
No, they are… small donors? Or so. Anything but Donald Trump’s fault.
Vance’s comment in The American Conservative, “Don’t Blame Trump,” gives Ohioans a taste of the shameless, self-degrading toadylips that Vance is willing to indulge in as he prostrate himself in abject servitude to Trump.
He is so desperate to forgive Trump any blame that he fails to see the glaring contradiction of his argument to increase midterm turnout by restricting voting access.
This was Vance’s first major political statement after winning the US Senate election this month: he was licking the boots of a wannabe authoritarian who set out to wreck the machinery of America’s electoral system by putting sycophantic toady in positions on the Electoral Board used in swing states and failed miserably.
Donald Trump was beaten by voters across the country in 2018, beaten in 2020, beaten for control of the Senate in the Georgia runoff in 2020, and beaten again in 2022. Trump announced his 2024 presidential bid and promises to continue sucking all the oxygen out of the Republican space for another two years.
If you ignore all your intelligence, good judgment, and common sense, Vance’s argument that it was actually the game of small donors that made the 2022 election swing, and not the reality TV show star trying Destroying American democracy for his own short-sighted self-interest might make sense. But other than that, it’s just more ass kissing.
Vance found himself at the wrong end of the MAGA movement in 2016, comparing Trump to “America’s Hitler.”
Now that he has embraced Trumpism and shed any pretensions to factual beliefs or personal dignity, the national tide is rolling back on Trumpism, and Vance is riding it out to sea.
The spectacle serves as a fair warning: this is what happens when you pretend to be what others want you to be instead of being true to yourself. There’s no more hacking in politics.
Vance seems to think that doubling down on Trumpism’s constant chaos, dysfunction, division, resentment, pettiness, revenge, grievance, corruption, fraud, waste, abuse and hate-mongering is the way forward for national Republicans is as long as you increase your ground game and support from small donors.
As a game plan, I can’t say it wouldn’t continue to work in Ohio, which is no longer a swing state and no longer has any national political relevance.
But in actual swing states and national elections, it’s a good way to ensure you continue to be humiliated. When it comes to forces trying to destroy democracy in America, I can’t say I oppose it.
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