He appeared triumphant after declaring bankruptcy. He touted his victory after a Republican Congress failed to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act. He said, without evidence, he would have won the 2016 popular vote if 3 to 5 million illegal votes had not been cast. And on and on it goes.
In Trump’s world, he can’t lose because, well, Trumps never lose. (It reminds me of the scene in the remarkable HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” where one of the leaders of the clean-up effort is told by the higher-ups in the Russian government that a global nuclear disaster simply cannot happen there.)
So true. So, so true.
“If the totally Corrupt Media was less corrupt, I would be up by 15 points in the polls based on our tremendous success with the economy, maybe Best Ever! If the Corrupt Media was actually fair, I would be up by 25 points. Nevertheless, despite the Fake News, we’re doing great!”
If there is any thread of consistency in Trump’s messaging to the American people over these last four years, it’s this: The media is corrupt, they didn’t want me to win, they don’t want me to succeed and they will do anything in their power to ensure that outcome.
It follows, then, that Trump is already planting the seeds to blame the media if he loses in 2020. He would have won easily if he had received positive press coverage! His loss isn’t actually a loss because he won by proving that the media is so corrupt! Etc., etc.
A quick bit of digging shows that Trump a) has already trotted out other, similar excuses to explain away his low approval numbers and b) his assessment of where he would be without the so-called “fake news” is way, way off-base.
So, which is it? The Mueller probe or the terrible media? Chicken and egg? Six of one, half dozen of the other?
No matter where the truth lies, you can bet that Trump will continue to push the idea that he would be winning his re-election race easily if the “fake news” media would cover him even close to fairly. And that if he winds up losing, he will lay that defeat — assuming he acknowledges it at all — at the feet of a media who spent four years trying to “get” him.
Trump hates to lose, which is why he will refuse to do it. Or, at least, accept it if it happens.