Trump Supporters Turn Against Him At His Own Event

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At the Friday night rally that former President Donald Trump held in Arizona, he brought up a new endorsement in the GOP Congressional primary in the state’s 2nd Congressional District — and he was met with boos.

Before the boos, Trump mentioned Eli Crane, whose background includes time as a Navy SEAL. After noticeably pausing to sort of take in the reaction from the crowd to his mention of Crane, Trump added: “But you like me, right?” Obviously, that’s a quite in-character response for the former president, who often seems substantially more concerned with maintaining his public image than, well, just about anything else. According to a report from Business Insider, opponents are lodging criticism at Crane over his lack of local roots. “A website dedicated to criticizing Crane encouraged rally-goers to boo him, noting that he does not and has never lived in the 2nd Congressional District,” the report notes. That website also alleged Crane hasn’t lived in a part of Arizona as rural as the area he’s seeking to represent. Watch the booing below:

In his original endorsement for Crane, Trump mentioned concerns about election integrity, the southern border, the military, and the Second Amendment as issues on which Crane would supposedly be in the right if elected to Congress. Notably, Trump mentioned the election integrity issue first, although polling shows not even many Republicans view that matter as anywhere near the main issue affecting the U.S. — suggesting Trump is profoundly out-of-step with much of his own base. Trump’s Friday rally was also geared towards supporting Kari Lake in the GOP primary for Arizona’s governorship and Blake Masters in the state’s GOP Senate primary. Election Day in the state’s primaries is in early August — so it’s quickly coming up. In the meantime, there are other available signs of Trump slipping in his public stature.

For the first six months of this year, initially available information indicated Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis raised substantially more — meaning some $9 million more — than a key joint fundraising committee bringing in money for Trump, and in a recent New Hampshire survey asking prospective voters about potential match-ups in the 2024 GOP presidential primary, DeSantis led the former president. The Florida governor also clocked double-digit levels of support — reaching a full 25 percent — in a poll from The New York Times pitting him against Trump. On top of all those details, a recent survey indicated support for the GOP fell by 15 percent among voters 65 and up in recent months, leaving Democrats slightly ahead when 65+ voters were asked which party’s candidate they’d back in the upcoming Congressional elections.