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Opinion: How Trump sabotaged his own chances for a second term

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Michael D'Antonio writes that Donald Trump is ending his presidency by proving that his big talent may be his extraordinary ability to defeat himself. Heedless of the damage he does to himself and the country, he is being faithful to deviant behavior he has exhibited all of his life.

Exhibit 1A in the case for Trump's irrational self-destructive impulse is the way he urged his supporters to challenge the Covid-19 pandemic and go vote for him in person on Election Day. According to Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, this strategy backfired as more than 24,000 Republicans who participated in the state primaries did not vote at all on November 3.

By casting doubt on the mail-in system telling supporters to vote in person instead, Trump may have been depending on the fact that some states tally the votes cast on the day of the election first, which would cause TV news networks to show him leading on election night.

If the Georgia Secretary of State is correct, it could help explain how Trump not only became a rare first-term president not to win re-election but also lost Georgia -- the first Republican to do so since 1992.

Proof of this -- Exhibit 1C -- is his firing of the Department of Homeland Security official who led a most successful effort to secure an election that saw record numbers of Americans voting, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, and little meddling of the sort Russia practiced to influence the 2016 election on Trump's behalf.

In his way Trump risks a similar fate as he leaves the presidency.

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