Since 2016, the Republican Party has been in the thrall of a divisive, compulsive, ill-informed charlatan, unable to escape an alignment with the beliefs and lack of values of a twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice. To dare to oppose him is to lose an elected seat and not many in the GOP were brave enough, or principled enough, to try.
NEWS: As primary losses mount, an unseen sign of erosion: Trump's online fundraising has slowed for 7 consecutive months.
He raised an average of $324,633 per day in September 2021 on WinRed.
That had dipped to $202,185 in March.
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) May 28, 2022
The absolute adherence to the doctrine of Trump in the GOP has clearly gotten shakier, as the results of the 2022 GOP primary races have shown. Trump’s opponents in the GOP appear to be tentatively more willing to oppose him, as well, a development that is likely to increase in magnitude as Trump’s sway over the party wanes.
According to The New York Times:
‘In more than five years — from when he became president in January 2017 until May 2022 — Mr. Trump had only ever seen voters reject a half-dozen of his choices in Republican primaries. But by the end of this month, that figure had more than doubled, with his biggest defeat coming on Tuesday when Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia thrashed a Trump-backed challenger by more than 50 percentage points. Three other Trump recruits challenging Kemp allies also went down to defeat.’
Although a dozen Trump-backed candidates lost their primaries, it is in particular Governor Brian Kemp – Trump dislikes the Georgia GOP governor so much he told supporters he’d rather vote for his opponent, Stacey Abrams – whose primary opponent, David Perdue, didn’t even make much of a showing against. Kemp’s refusal to overturn the 2020 election for Trump and his unwillingness to stick with the Big Lie about Trump’s election loss made him a heavy target of the Trump crowd, but not enough of them voted in Georgia to even make the race between he and Perdue close.
Twitter had a lot of thoughts about Trump and his waning endorsement power. Read some of their comments below: