The month of May is something like the month of truth for Donald Trump’s political radiance. Ironically, in the US state of Georgia, he seems to have lost his way.
It’s one of those typical events that Donald Trump uses to trundle through the American primaries. At a car racetrack in Commerce, a small town in rural northeastern Georgia, Trump wants to give his candidate for the governorship of this southern state the decisive boost: “You will elect a wonderful friend of mine. A great man, a great senator. David Perdue is your governor, we need him badly.”
In Georgia, Trump lost the presidency and the Republicans lost the Senate majority. That still gnaws: “First we have to defeat all these Rino’s (Republicans in name only). Unlike these losers, David Perdue will never surrender to the militant radical left. With your vote we will save Georgia from the Rino’s.”
Trumpism more successful than Trump
In previous primary elections, including a closely fought election in the important swing state of Pennsylvania, Trumpism has almost always prevailed in the inner-Republican struggles. But not always Donald Trump’s candidate.
The New York Times has gone so far as to write that “the Republican electorate’s distrust of authority, coupled with an appetite for unrelenting hardline politics, worked against Trump.” The radiance of Trump’s policies seems unbroken, while Donald Trump’s seems less secure than those around him would like to claim. “The so-called ‘Make America Great Again’ movement is a bottom-up movement,” the New York Times quotes Republican strategist Ken Spain, “and not one that can be dictated from the top down.” Your head needs to know that too.
Trump’s mixed record
Trump’s endorsement of a candidate can still be crucial. In Ohio, for example, bestselling author JD Vance won the Republican Senate primary thanks to Donald Trump. In North Carolina, Trump’s support for Ted Budd was crucial. And in Georgia, where the primary is this week, Trump’s support has protected former college football star Herschel Walker from more politically experienced opponents.
But of all things, in the duel between Brian Kemp and David Perdue, which is so important for Trump personally, Perdue, who is supported by Trump, seems to have lost. He’s so far behind in the polls that even die-hard Trump supporters doubt the strategy.
Perdue’s futile call
Trump’s candidate David Perdue has just joined Scott Reinhold’s radio show. He defends himself against the accusation of harping on the long-debunked lie of the Stolen 2020 presidential election is boomerang.
But Reinhold, who describes himself as a conservative through and through, sees this as Perdue’s problem: “Trump’s support for Perdue is more about himself than about the party. It’s Trump’s ‘vendetta’ because he’s not happy with what Gov. Kemp didn’t do in the election.” “Hasn’t done…” – by this Reinhold means that Brian Kemp did not annul the election result in the spirit of Trump, but certified Biden’s election victory.
There’s no doubt about it: Reinhold is a “Make America Great Again” conservative through and through. But he doubts Donald Trump’s strategy: “I think there are a lot of Americans like me who say: this argument about these elections, this harping on it, we don’t want to hear it anymore.” For Trump, that’s not the news he wants to hear from Georgia.