Donald Trump Speech -At a rally on Saturday night for Ohio GOP Senate nominee J.D. Vance, Trump made sure the crowd knew that Vance was subservient to him –Hugely. trump said- “J.D. is kissing my ass he wants my support so bad.”
Trump was reacting to a New York Times story that reported Vance had not invited Trump to campaign with him in the state. Instead, Trump’s team had told Vance that they would be coming for a rally at Ohio. Trump’s campaign stops have always been, about Him [Trump]. You can tell that by the way he talks about himself most of the time versus how much time he spends talking about the candidate for whom he is apparently campaigning (very little).
But he rarely throw a candidate he support so directly under the bus as he did Vance during the weekend. “He made J.D. Vance look like a mouse, not a man,” former Virginia Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock said “It was humiliating.”
Comstock is right. It’s hard to see Trump’s characterization of Vance as little more than a lackey benefiting him in his surprisingly competitive race against Democrat Tim Ryan this fall. Even for those voters who like Trump, the portrayal of Vance as little more than a lickspittle isn’t terribly appealing.
Sure, he visited Ohio to campaign for Vance – at least on the surface. But what Trump is really doing is burnishing his own brand – and basking in the adulation of his most dogged supporters.
That’s what you always have to remember when you are trying to understand the strategy or motivation behind something Trump does. Trump is all about Trump – first, last and forever.
The most important thing Trump wanted to get across to those in attendance in Ohio over the weekend is not why they should vote for Vance. It’s that he remains uber-popular among Republicans and that every GOP candidate – Vance included – is desperate to have his support.
That such an argument is belittling to Vance and makes him look both small and desperate is of no concern for Trump. The key (and only) concern is how does it make Trump look – strong, powerful and still very much desirable.
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