Donald Trump absolutely loves to brag that he’s a brilliant tactician and businessman, and yet his multiple bankruptcies and endless failures in every phase of his life prove that his bragging is nothing but hot air.
And now we have yet another example of how Trump’s actions as president may have cost his party control of the U.S. Senate at a time when the GOP is desperately trying to hang on to the last bit of leverage they have in Washington.
When the House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday that would increase the direct COVID relief stimulus payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000 (which Trump has said he supports), he placed Republicans — especially the two Georgia Republicans who are trying to win a runoff election — in a very precarious position, as Washington Post reporter Libby Casey pointed out Monday on MSNBC:
“This puts Senate Republicans in a tough spot because they now have to go on the record, either saying they support this $2,000 check or they don’t support the $2,000 check. And if you’re, for example, two Republicans running for Senate in Georgia with a vote in just a handful of days, you’re going to have to go on the record about this. And it just makes me think, Ari, with friends like these, who needs enemies, because President Trump is putting Republicans in a very tough position.”
Not only does it put Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia on the spot, it could also potentially take them off the campaign trail as the January 5 runoff election draws closer. And that could cost them reelection, Politico notes:
“Under Senate rules, (Sen. Bernie) Sanders has the ability to keep the chamber in during the holiday week and likely mess with the campaign schedules of Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.). Those two face Jan. 5 runoff races for control of the Senate against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who are both campaigning on the $2,000 checks.”
All of this is the result of Donald Trump dragging his feet on signing the coronavirus relief bill after initially saying he wouldn’t unless it contained the $2,000 direct payments to Americans. Then he signed bill legislation with only $600, likely screwing over two senators who are facing strong Democratic challengers.
Donald Trump is a brilliant negotiator? Please! He’s a doddering fool who’s incapable of rational thought.