President Trump has taken to Twitter a couple of times since the results of the Georgia special election came in this past Tuesday night, offering up comments reminiscent of those that might be said by a drunk uncle at the holiday table who wants to take credit for everyone’s successes throughout the last year and give everyone big, intoxicated, hugs.
Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in the race to fill the Georgia Congressional seat vacated by Tom Price upon his assumption of the role of Secretary of Health and Human Services, came in just shy of the 50 percent needed to secure his victory. There were a number of Republican candidates running against him, and he needed 50 percent of the vote to keep it from going to run-off — which is precisely what it’s done. He will face Republican Karen Handel in June.
In response to all of this, Trump wrote:
‘Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG “R” win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help! Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia. Great job Karen Handel! It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th.’
Firstly, Trump’s help in the Republicans’ efforts to keep Ossoff out of Congress is negligible at best. Trump fired off a few bizarre tweets in the days before the special election and recorded a robocall for Georgia voters.
What his reference to his “help” indicates, however, is precisely how much more weight Trump gives to pompousness then he gives to actual substance in politics.
Other parts of his comments indicate this same thing, since he literally name dropped a center of American movie-making in his efforts to drum up opposition to Ossoff. Trump sees the world through entertainment, reality TV colored glasses.