Trump was in a very foul mood because he backed loser Roy Moore, a verifiably accused child molester, to be the next senator from Alabama. After the president’s man lost, 45 immediately began looking for someone to blame. His likely choice was a big surprise.
The White House aides must have been tiptoeing around after the stunning Republican loss in Alabama. It was the first time a Democrat had won in this state in 30 years. After that, the deep South shifted from a strong Democratic base to a Republican one.
As everyone knows, Trump does not take responsibility for the consequences of his actions. It is always someone else’s fault; his aides acknowledged, so they would do well to stay out of sight.
Wednesday morning, the president was already casting about for someone to blame. He tweeted:
‘The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!’
The White House staff felt relief perhaps too early. Trump is still looking for scapegoats. One possibility is the White House Political Director Bill Stepien. Then, there is the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who is always at the president’s side.
According to The New York Times, the man in the Oval Office could not get his former campaign CEO Steve Bannon’s rally words about Ivanka Trump out of his mind:
‘Mr. Bannon’s words rolled round the president’s mind for several days before his endorsement. The president was also enraged when his daughter Ivanka Trump got ahead of him by declaring there was a “special place in hell” for people who harm children.’
Some presidential aides told 45 that the Alabama polls were just too unreliable for them to predict a winner with any accuracy. One White House adviser said that Trump would certainly find a person to blame but doubted he would blame Ivanka.
The loss was quite embarrassing and indicated that Trump is losing his ability to move Republicans to action with any force. Yet, people could see that Trump was soon trying to change reality to favor him. On the evening of the Alabama special election, Trump sent a surprising tweet:
‘Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!’
The White House has focused in on Moore as the source of the Senate loss. After all, the man is deeply flawed even outside of his alleged sexual assault and child molestation. He was thrown off of the State Supreme Court — twice. Aides called Moore weak. According to the New York Times:
‘Mr. Trump could not drag someone that weak over the finish line against a crush of outside spending and a bipartisan message from Mr. Jones.’
Some of the president’s advisers pointed toward the Trump Tax Bill, saying that the vote would take place before Moore’s contender, Democratic Doug Jones, took office. They expect that to be a big win for Trump there. If the bill fails, it will be interesting to see who Trump blames.
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