Trump is Now Toxic, The Value of His Endorsement is Negative

Mish

It's all over for brand "Trump". His most fervent supporters are fleeing in droves.

The Trump Brand is Not Recoverable

Major campaign contributions to Trump and endorsements will sink like a rock. His brand is history. 

The same applies to the 11 foolish senators who elected to go down with Trump's sinking ship.

Who Wants a Refund?

The Tweet I replied to drips with irony if you read it carefully.

Major Donor Bails on Senator Hawley 

Hawley was one of the 11 Republican Senators who opportunistically went down on the sinking Trump ship.

Please note that A Major Josh Hawley Donor Calls for Him to be Censured by the U.S. Senate. 

A Joplin businessman who helped bankroll Sen. Josh Hawley’s first campaign denounced him on Thursday as a “political opportunist” who used “irresponsible, inflammatory, and dangerous tactics” to incite the rioting that took over the U.S. Capitol Building.

In a statement late Thursday, David Humphreys, president and CEO of Tamko Building Products, added his voice to a growing chorus of Republicans angry at Hawley for leading a challenge to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.  

 Humphreys called on the U.S. Senate to censure Hawley “for provoking yesterday’s riots in our nation’s capital.”

The statement to The Missouri Independent came a few hours after Hawley’s political mentor, former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth, said in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that supporting Hawley was “the worst mistake I ever made in my life.”

It also came on the same day that the publisher Simon & Schuster canceled a contract with Hawley for a book it had expected to release in June.

David Humphreys personally donated $2.875 million to Hawley. He would like his money back. 

Alas, that contribution was worse than wasted.

Hawley should be censured by his Senate colleagues for his actions which have undermined a peaceful transition of power and for provoking yesterday’s riots in our nation’s capital. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to protect our country and its Constitutional underpinnings,” said Humphreys.

Book Cancelled, Too Toxic

Add the First Amendment to the list of items Hawley is clueless about.

Rupert Murdoch Abandoned Trump

Please recall my December 29 report Rupert Murdoch Turns on Trump in a Scathing NY Post Attack

"If you insist on spending your final days in office threatening to burn it all down, that will be how you are remembered. Not as a revolutionary, but as the anarchist holding the match."

Anarchist Holding the Match

That was one of the the best political prophesies in years. 

Impeachable Offenses

The Wall Street Journal was late to the party but finally got to the correct spot. The Journal noted "Trump crossed the line", citing "impeachable offenses". 

I commented on the Journal Op-Ed in Trump Crossed a Constitutional Line and Should Resign.

Self Destruction

The Journal piles on with ‘In a Dark Place’: A President Increasingly Angry and Isolated.

Advisers said the president remains consumed with anger toward Vice President Mike Pence over what he saw as a betrayal for refusing to try to block the congressional certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. 

“I don’t want to be your friend,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Pence. “I want you to be the vice president.

“It’s like watching someone self-destruct in front of your very eyes, and you can’t do anything,” said another adviser who recently spoke to the president.

The president has recently told advisers he is considering issuing a pardon for himself before he leaves office, which some allies have urged him to do but which has dubious legal basis.

Mr. Trump in 2018 said he had the “absolute right” to self-pardon, “but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?”

Hawley, the Opening Salvo 

Negative articles from once staunch supporters as well as rats abandoning Trump's sinking ship will impact donations, not just to Trump but to anyone still supporting Trump.

Hawley was just the opening salvo.

US Business Leaders Abandon Trump

The Financial Times notes US business Leaders Rue their ‘Faustian Bargain’ with Trump.

  • Stephen Schwarzman, Blackstone founder and one of Trump’s most senior Wall Street backers, condemned the “appalling” insurrection “that followed the president’s remarks”. 
  • Activist investor Nelson Peltz told CNBC that he had voted for the president in November but was now “sorry I did that”.
  • The National Association of Manufacturers asked Pence to “seriously consider working with the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment” to remove the Trump from office.
  • Dan Eberhart, CEO of a drilling company, gave $100,000 to Trump. “I’m done. I don’t want my mom to think I’m involved with this,” said Eberhart
  • 33 CEOs in a poll by Yale School of Management professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld found unanimous support for the idea that companies would no longer fund “election result deniers”. 
  • There’s not a major chief executive who’s a Trump supporter now,” Prof Sonnenfeld declared.

Trump Damage

Thanks For the Hoot

Question of the Day

In an impeachment, Congress could prohibit Trump from running again. 

But that would be a huge mistake. It would give Trump a platform from which to moan for years, "I would have won."  

In short order, the damage he can do to the Nation will be minimal. All Trump will be able to do is make a fool of himself. 

Why deprive Trump the opportunity to further go up in flames?

If you you actually think Trump would or even could win four years from now, please re-read this post until this sinks in: 

Trump's legacy is sealed. He will be viewed as the anarchist holding the match.

All that's left for Trump is a pile of lawsuits, some of which might put him in prison.

Addendum

Twitter Suspends Trump's Account

Here is Twitter's Full Explanation.

My Comment on the Suspension

WSJ on Hawley

Mish

Comments (102)
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PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

I will say it again, visit FEC.gov and start looking at which individuals and businesses are financially supporting these yokels. I occassionally tune in to fox news just to see who advertises on that trump facist enabling channel so I make sure I steer clear of those businesses.

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Parler to Trump: "Come over to the dark side."

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

Trump says he is not going to the inauguration, I immediately thought of that scene in Game of Thrones where Cersi lures all her opposition onto that temple for her trial then blows it up.

Arent all three branches there? Supreme Court, Congress, Executive.

At this point, I wouldnt put it past trump or his cult to attempt something like that on the 20th.

Kick'n
Kick'n

I thought his brand was done before 2016 election. Took a bit more time than I thought. Hopefully it's toast for good. I wonder if his "wealth" is just all cash flow? That could dry up quick leaving another bankruptcy looming at the same time the SDNY AG might be able to send him to jail. Where does that leave the family's future? I would love to see the AG to wipe off those smug faces and put a dent in their finances.

njbr
njbr

Dead-enders will remain for decades.

The most militant ones will move on with their toxic militia movements.

How long could people like that remain satisfied with dog-whistling.

They want a foghorn of hate.

The next decade will be difficult.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

I’m very interested in what happens to Ted Cruz. I wish I could say I agree that his Trump butt kissing would be the end of his career, but I somehow doubt it.

He has four years before he has to run to defend his Senate seat, or try again to get the Republican nomination for President, which is his real ambition.

The guy is a real piece of work. He reminds me a lot of Scalia. Evil, but very, very smart.

Don’t underestimate his ability to come back from this. He very well could be the heir apparent to the Tump base....which is not about to disappear just because a few of them go to prison for the events of Jan 6.

But you are right about one thing. The Donald J. Trump era is at an end.

Thank God. I wasn’t sure we’d get through this transition and remain intact as a nation that respects political tradition and the rule of law.

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”
― Charles MacKay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

LawrenceBird
LawrenceBird

Mish - PBS/Marist poll only 30% of Republicans felt Trump to blame for riot.

MrIdiocracy
MrIdiocracy

Definitely not done, look at all the craziness with any politician even Biden. At the same time the left and right are the most condescending people in the political world. Both sides need some serious marriage counseling.

LawrenceBird
LawrenceBird

Also add in - given how spineless the Senate is, the best route to me is to use 14th amendment Article 3 to declare him as having participated in an insurrection and thus prevent him from taking office again unless revoked by 2/3 of Congress.

Sechel
Sechel

I agree for Trump losing twitter, Facebook and Instagram is worse than impeachment. He posts dozens of times a day. Trump equates social media with his success

Mish
Mish

Editor

Gateway Pundit BS will be deleted immediately
They are a pack of conspiratorial liars

ShowMeTheData
ShowMeTheData

The Trump brand is going to pivot from targeting rich urbanites to working class rural individuals. Maybe a clothing line at Walmart or an Ashley Madison-like app conspiracy theorists.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Radio host Rush Limbaugh's Twitter account has been deactivated.
Twitter confirmed to USA TODAY that the account wasn't suspended but "deactivated by the owner."

Mish
Mish

Editor

Casual Observer - your comment was a bit extreme hoping for violence.

I removed it

Sechel
Sechel

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook effectively emasculated Donald Trump. The impact can't be over-stated. Trump and his family took to what ever social media they had available to wail against it. They did not however offer any condolence to the loss of five lives resulting from Trump's mob incited violence

Doug78
Doug78

Facebook and Twitter just cut their own throats vis a vis the The Digital Services Act. This enhances the negative opinion the EU has of these platforms and the urgency to regulate them.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

It 's obvious that the stupid masses can be manipulated at will by people like Trump on the one hand but by corrupt and biased media in particular, imposing them, this time, with a feeling of guilt and shame for 'storming' the heart of american corruption....rrm... democracy of course... Everything blown up beyond proportion for political motives and keeping the rif raf under control ! Long live democracy ! It is dead ! ....and this is just the beginning of mere totalitarianism...

Sechel
Sechel

Wanting to investigate and prosecute hunter Biden doesn't make you balanced and unbiased. The normal processes should play out.

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

Personally I would prefer for him to be arrested at 12:01 for 18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection

"Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States."

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

Time for the Republicans to step up and tell Tr7mp to resign immediately or be impeached. Even just a threat of impeachment should be enough to get Trump to step down rather than face the loss of protection and benefits should he be successfully impeached. Is the Republican party really the party of law and order willing to do the right thing or are they still just a bunch of lame sycophants.

njbr
njbr

By Friday morning, however, Graham was back to defending Trump against growing calls for a second impeachment, writing on Twitter that “it is time to heal and move on.”

I think he mispelled "heel", as in a dog following his master...

njbr
njbr

I know you European guys love a monarchy...is that what you want for the US?

njbr
njbr

It is interesting how both the UK and US have been increasingly sidelined in their search for "freedom" and will be tied up in that matter for years.

UK and US at the top of the charts with covid, too.

Carl_R
Carl_R

I have no problem with Facebook and Twitter wanting to ban Trump. They are private businesses, and do not have to provide free speech. Trump, or others, can then go to other private companies who choose to support free speech. So, then what happens when Apple and Google choose not to let the apps be downloaded from their store? Now you are getting a little sketchier, but that's still OK. Google and Apple have the rights to provide rules for apps they download for people.

Ok, so, now we need an independent download store from which apps can be downloaded. Those exist, though, so no problem...yet. Now what happens when Mastercard and Paypal get involved, and cut off access for free speech apps to fund themselves? What about when browsers and search engines block access to places where free speech aps can be downloaded?

The tremendous control that is being taken over what can and can not be said on the internet makes me wonder about the future of free speech. China doesn't allow free speech, for sure. The US claims to, but increasingly Big Tech is working to prevent it. To see the future, it is interesting to read about events surrounding "Dissenter", formerly an addin to Firefox, how Big Tech worked to stop them, and how they fought back, and still exist, so far.


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