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Reviews |  At least Trump didn’t get what he wanted this week


Compared to the elementary school shooting in Texas, everything else this week will be a political footnote. But some of the footnotes are certainly interesting. If we want to choose a theme for Tuesday’s election, it may be that Donald Trump’s influence is not as strong as he thinks, and he may be the only American voter whose the main concern is to review the 2020 elections every hour. base.

Overcoming it is something Trump cannot stand. Consider the Alabama primary for a Republican Senate nominee. Perhaps you remember – if you’re very, very, very interested in the election – that Trump started out supporting Rep. Mo Brooks, then changed his mind and disapproved? Cynics thought Trump had just decided Brooks was a loser, but it’s also possible the congressman offended our former president by urging voters to “look ahead.”

This is the wrong direction to mention when hanging out with the Trump camp.

“Mo Brooks of Alabama recently made a horrible mistake when he ‘woke up’ and said, referring to the 2020 presidential election scam, ‘Put that behind you, put that behind you. “,” Trump said, retracting his endorsement.

The upshot of all the drama was that Brooks got less than a third of the vote, behind Katie Britt, the former chief of staff to incumbent Senator Richard Shelby. Since Britt failed to get 50%, there will be a second round. The winner will face Democratic candidate Will Boyd this fall.

An addendum – which you really should ignore if you’re feeling even modestly depressed: Britt and Brooks are both in the gun camp as deeply as humanly possible. Britt has ads in which she aims a gun and promises to “shoot straight”. The NRA, which endorsed Brooks, praised his efforts to protect “interstate transportation of firearms.” Those of us who live in states desperately trying to control gun proliferation would appreciate it if he focused his energies on something else.

Perhaps Trump’s greatest triumph on election night was Herschel Walker, the former soccer player he backed for a Georgia Senate nomination. But Walker’s competition wasn’t exactly top-notch, and now he’ll run against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who will likely take note of a few bits of Walker’s resume that Trump overlooked. Including allegations of domestic violence, refusal to participate in debates and the campaign day when Walker expressed doubts about the theory of evolution. (If that were true, Walker thought, “Why are there still monkeys? Think about it.”)

On the plus side, there was Walker’s willingness to spend $200,000 to entertain people at Mar-a-Lago. Nothing, it seems, sparks the former president’s enthusiasm for a candidate so much as a desire to enrich Donald Trump.

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