Donald Trump’s hurt feelings could now be the driving force behind the GOP’s voter suppression efforts, according to David Plouffe, who managed President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Plouffe appeared on “The 11th Hour” and told Brian Williams that so many Republicans are afraid of the repercussions of Trump believing he’s been slighted in any way, it could genuinely impact the future of American democracy.
Trump’s thin skin set the tone for not just the party, but the country itself; holding everyone emotionally hostage tweet by tweet, he took out his every frustration on others and blamed anyone but himself for his failures. And yet the party remains in his sway, without anyone able (or willing) to ask any of them just why.
The GOP plan is to enshrine power in their hands, permanently. Democrats must not fear using their power to stop that. Embracing Democracy to prevent Autocracy, thereby saving the country, or saving the filibuster and protecting Senate niceties. It’s crazy it’s even a choice.
— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) May 7, 2021
Plouffe also spoke to Trump’s open fear of losing in Georgia and therefore sealing his fate as a one-term, twice-impeached, two-time loser of the Popular Vote. At a Georgia campaign rally in October 2020, Trump whined about what would happen if he lost to Joe Biden.
“Could you imagine if I lose?” Trump said. “My whole life, what am I going to do? I’m going to say, ‘I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.’ I’m not going to feel so good. Maybe I’ll have to leave the country. I don’t know.”
Thank you AZ, GA, NV, MI, PA, WI (and NE-02). Because of you, there is a President who cares, takes the job seriously and has big ambition for the opportunities and challenges America faces behind the podium tonight.
— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) April 29, 2021
Of course, Trump went on to be the first Republican to lose Georgia in 28 years and then went on to lose the race to Joe Biden.
“Donald Trump is not the leader of a political party, he is a cult leader,” Plouffe told Brian Williams.
Watch Plouffe deconstruct Trump, below.