Have you noticed how scripted the criticism of Donald Trump has seen since the 2022 midterms? Pundits who were, in a best-case scenario, lukewarm toward Donald Trump all along keep telling us that Republican losses were all Trump’s fault. “The GOP is SO DONE with Donald Trump!”
These people do not and never will feel the same sense of loyalty toward President Trump as most Americans from the forgotten and devastated former middle class. And if you think Donald Trump’s influence on American political life has diminished, you need to take a closer look at what happened in 2022.
First, what impact did President Trump’s endorsement have on the races this year?
224 of his 241 primary election picks won their races – a 92% success rate. 208 of his 254 general election picks won their races – an 86% success rate. That doesn’t sound like failure. Trump continues to shift the legislative bodies to the right, as his endorsement helped many flagging campaigns across the finish line and on to victory. Trump’s endorsement did this despite Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell taking money from Democrat Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced ultra-liberal head of FTX, to defeat MAGA candidates in the primaries.
What impact did Donald Trump’s America First rallies have on the 2022 midterms?
Well, the first obvious observation is that Republicans beat Democrats in the popular vote for the first time that I can remember in my lifetime. Our turnout beat the Democrats by about 3.5 million votes – a 3% margin of victory. The anti-Trump RINOs can’t have their cake and eat it too. If the 2022 midterms’ lack of a red wave is Trump’s fault, then why was turnout massively increased in areas where Trump held rallies?
More importantly, why did Republicans win back the House, if not for Trump? Was it Kevin McCarthy’s tired talking points about cutting taxes? Or Kevin McCarthy’s PROMISE that the GOP would not engage in political gamesmanship by impeaching Joe Biden? McCarthy’s base WANTS Joe Biden impeached. If they don’t impeach Biden at least 3 times in the next 2 years, they’re not even trying.
And if McCarthy’s performance was milquetoast at best, Sen. Lindsay Graham’s (R-SC) was an exercise in backstabbing. He proposed a nationwide abortion ban in October. Don’t get me wrong. I’m in favor of a nationwide abortion ban. I’m in favor of using a woodchipper as the penalty for anyone who performs an abortion. But everyone knew a nationwide abortion ban wasn’t going to pass this year, and that there was no way Joe Biden would sign it into law. It was nothing more than a political stunt to help increase Democrat voter turnout, in a year when Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell were not up for reelection. If you’re not in control of the House, the Senate, or the White House, maybe hold off on the nationwide abortion ban until later? Just a thought!
And what about the overall demographic shift in the electorate, which was driven by Trump in the 2022 midterms?
Comparing this year’s midterms to the 2018 midterms, GOP support among white women and white men increased 7%. GOP support among black women increased by 7%. GOP support among black men increased by 11%. GOP support among Hispanic women increased by 13%. And GOP support among Hispanic men increased by an astonishing 21%.
Those shifts did not happen because Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) was pushing amnesty for illegal aliens during the biggest border invasion in human history. Those shifts happen because all of those demographics realize that life was much, much better for them two years ago under Donald Trump than they are today under the Democrats. We’ve never had such a tremendous contrast before in our lifetimes as the one seen between Trump and Creepy Joe.
We had peace, prosperity, jobs, energy independence, a rip-roaring economy and low immigration rates under Trump. We have economic devastation, pointless wars with Russia (and soon China), poverty, runaway inflation, mass casualties from the Biden vaccine mandates, gas is $5 a gallon and no southern border at all.
Sure, cheating played a role in the GOP not performing better in 2022. But all of the major gains that Republicans made in the midterms can be traced back to one person. And he’s running in 2024, whether the RINO geniuses like it or not.