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How The Midterms Broke Donald Trump

Because of some of my more recent takes on former president Donald Trump, I’ve been accused by column commenters and Twitter users alike of being — gasp — never trump. To be completely honest, it cut deep, Shrek, because it couldn’t be further from the truth. My very first political article published at any sort of major conservative outlet, TheBlaze in 2015, was a show of support for the then newly minted GOP primary candidate, and over the ensuing years in various outlets, there were plenty, plenty more where that came from, including a tribute to Trump’s brand of populism published at Breitbart in June of 2016. 

The truth is, the moment the brash billionaire rode down that famous escalator, larger than life, and talked about building a wall on the border to raucous applause, I was convinced that not only was this the candidate who best represented my values, this was the candidate who could win in 2016.And win he did, and the first three years of the Trump administration were great, historically great even. Until Covid hit, the then-president was on a path to an easy reelection, and absent mail-in balloting and a few, er, quirks in a few key places, he would have won despite it all. But it wasn’t to be. Instead, we’re enduring perhaps the worst presidency in hist …

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