Democratic strategist Chaitanya Komanduri said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s inability to acknowledge, concede, or internalize his 2020 election loss to President-Elect Joe Biden betokens a dark truth about the 74-year-old josser – that deep down, Trump is a “loser” who “has nobody” to console him.
Ari Melber, the host of MSNBC’s The Beat With Ari Melber, asked Komanduri: “If you could teach Donald Trump to be gracious, what would you do? Are you that good at your job that if you had to do it as an operative, how would you do it?”
Komanduri explained that humility is simply “one of the things you can’t really teach a candidate,” because it is “something that comes from within, and you choose candidates because they have those qualities inside of themselves, rather than the other way around, thinking you can go in reverse.”
Komanduri said that as the chaos continues to escalate in the president’s final days in office, the world “should not underestimate how much of a psychological drama about Trump we are watching.”
Trump’s “inability to concede here really speaks to something very deep about his life. You know, when candidates lose presidential elections, it is a humiliating personal rejection. It is a tremendous failure, and they need family and friends around them to help them cope with that defeat. You know, Donald Trump doesn’t have that,” Komanduri said.
“I remember a crushed Hillary Clinton embracing Chelsea Clinton after she conceded. There’s a great Netflix documentary where we see Mitt Romney surrounded by his family as he’s about to call Obama to concede,” Komanduri continued. “Does Donald Trump have any of that? If he were to concede, who’s going to give him a hug, Lou Dobbs?” Komanduri quipped. “I don’t know who in his life can do that, who in his life can reach him in that way.”
Komanduri added that “in many ways, I think if there’s a Christmas lesson to be learned from there, it’s exactly that,” referring to the lack of support Trump has from the people in his inner orbit, including members of his family.
“Trump may on paper seem like a winner in life – he has money, power, and status – but what we’ve really seen is this man is a loser,” Komanduri concluded. “He has nobody.”
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