Another day, another Donald Trump-induced GOP suicide – As the world was fixated on former President Donald J. Trump’s indictment for allegedly having paid hush money to the pornographic film star, Stormy Daniels, and subsequently lying on his tax forms about it, something more significant occurred in Wisconsin.
The fate of a critical electoral battleground state heading into what will surely be a nasty 2024 Presidential Election cycle was decided by the Democratic Party.
The Wisconsin Democratic Party should be celebrating for having flipped the state’s powerful Supreme Court in their favor—beating their Republican foes by a whopping ten points.
The Donald Trump Show Slowly Kills the GOP
The reason I say that the fate of Wisconsin as a battleground state has been decided is that the state Supreme Court helps determine everything from congressional redistricting, voting laws, and other critical issues, such as abortion laws. While Wisconsin has always leaned blue, it used to have a strong conservative showing. In fact, in 2016, the state defied expectations and broke for Trump, ending Hillary Clinton’s dreams of a so-called “Blue Wall” stopping Trump from winning that year.
Frankly, Wisconsin was a winnable state for the GOP—if they had only spent half as much time on defeating statewide Democrats as the national party spent on defending Donald Trump’s inability to keep himself under control.
While idiots were standing outside the Manhattan courthouse where Trump was being arraigned on 34 counts of felony, selling shirts with Trump’s fake mugshot and the words “NOT GUILTY” inscribed below, the Democrats were cheering on the election of Jane Protasiewicz’s election to the Supreme Court knowing full well that her election would ensure the Left would get its way on key issues in the state. This was the first time in 15 years that Liberals gained a majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court (hence, why it’s such a big deal, despite Wisconsin being a Blue State).
Did the GOP even know that this election was happening? Where was Ronna McDaniel? What about representatives from the “MAGA” wing of the GOP?
They were busy trashing Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis as being a globalist stooge of George Soros…or something.
At least Ron DeSantis took the time to campaign for embattled Wisconsin Republicans in the last year.
As for Donald Trump? There’s little doubt that the current spate of prosecutions he faces are overwrought. They are political show trials designed to stunt his ability to be an effective candidate in 2024.
Or, more probably, to ensure that Trump gets the GOP nomination because the forty-fifth president’s numbers among the kind of moderate voters who will be showing up at the polls in the General Election in 2024 are so terrible. Even octogenarian Joe Biden could probably sleepwalk into another presidential term against the raging fireball that is Donald Trump in 2024.
Donald Trump Isn’t a Saint
We shouldn’t pretend as though Trump is entirely innocent in all of this. The Stormy Daniels trial is an absurdity born out of political deviousness by the Democratic Party. Yet, given Trump’s character (or lack thereof), it is entirely obvious that the man is preternaturally incapable of containing his most excessive impulses. Whether he slept with this particular porn star or not, Trump’s history of insatiable sexual conquest leaves him exposed in America’s selectively puritanical political moment.
While nothing he’s done has risen to the level of jailtime, it is obvious that Trump (who denies the accusations and plead not guilty to the charges in court) is a loose cannon. On some level, Trump’s failures as a Man brought him to this point.
But, by all means, let’s make this a referendum on Ron DeSantis.
What an utterly insane time to be living in where the Republican Party—the group that purportedly champions family values—continues propping up the man who appears to be opposed to those things (at least in his personal life) while refusing to support DeSantis, a man who stood by his cancer-stricken wife and has a proven track record as both a provider for his family and is clearly a great father.
Ron DeSantis is the governor of the fourth-largest state economy in the Union. He has been promoting a book about his state’s success since 2018. The Florida governor had no greater obligation to the Republican National Committee (RNC). Yet, DeSantis took time out of his schedule to stump for the Wisconsin GOP in the last year. Trump, meanwhile, rage-tweeted about George Soros.
Trump Whines, DeSantis Acts
Unlike Trump, who appears only capable of kvetching about issues like election integrity on social media, DeSantis was trying to promote those Republicans in Wisconsin who could have fortified Wisconsin’s now-vulnerable electoral system going into 2024.
Donald Trump is a former president of the United States. He is also a billionaire who has his own personal jet. I understand he was bogged down in a frivolous Manhattan court proceeding.
The question must be why neither Trump nor his MAGA side of the GOP took the time to divert resources and personnel away from the presidential campaign (which is still a couple of months away from being in full swing) to put those resources into boosting the Wisconsin GOP in their critical state Supreme Court race.
Not to worry, I hear Trump is preparing a dynamite social media post about how he’s going to own the Libs…while attacking the one Republican leader, Ron DeSantis, who is owning the Libs—and making his state better in the process (all without wasting time and energy on social media). If the Republicans choose Trump in 2024 as they appear poised to do, it will end in as much of a disaster as 2020 did.
As the former president might say, “Sad!”
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.