Two days ago, Donald Trump said Mehmet Oz should simply “declare himself the winner” in the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary because it would make stealing more difficult. Yesterday Trump posted a command on Truth Social “Stop finding votes!” and put on “Rigged?” in uppercase. Today, while Oz is one-tenth of one percent ahead of Dave McCormick with about 15,000 votes left to count, the Wall Street Journal editorial board shameful Trump for interfering and making the selfish argument that Trump could hand over a win-win seat to the Democrats. The big picture, the horror, in which this fits, if this country can also hold elections with MAGA candidates and voters, is ignored.
As the Pennsylvania tally drags on, the feud within the GOP between the “moderates” and the MAGA wing continues to bubble to the surface and the Wall Street Journal actually told Trump to shut up for the common good, which is both. precious than offensive:
The votes in Pennsylvania are not all counted and already President Trump suggests he could scream fraud if his approved candidate falls behind. His choice in the Senate on Wednesday, TV doctor Mehmet Oz, led the GOP primaries with about 2,500 votes. But some 105,000 ballot papers from both sides still had to be counted …
… “Self [Oz opponent David] McCormick wins final tally, will Trump vilify him as an election thief? Would the GOP voters believe this nonsense? Pennsylvania closed the primary, so anyone who voted for Mr. Oz or Mr. McCormick must be registered as Republicans, “the editors added that the former president could end up crippling Republican voting efforts when the election. mid-November term will take place.
Would the GOP voters believe this nonsense? It would seem that the editors of the Journal need to get out of the Financial District a bit. MAGA voters have believed in it for two years. But does the fact that Trump claims it could happen within the Republican party itself (as opposed to the general election) make that ridiculous? No, it’s intolerable to the WSJ because Trump’s fascist instincts could end up hurting a Republican (McCormick) and the GOP itself, which is what makes him so dangerous. The editors have a sense of deja vu and mention Georgia in 2020.
The Journal writes a summary that is both embarrassingly serious and frighteningly irresponsible:
“Don’t bet what’s left of your 401 (k) that Mr. Trump has learned his lesson. His advice to Mr. Oz is also a warning about how Doug Mastriano, the GOP candidate for governor, might react to a defeat in the fall. Mr. Mastriano is the underdog against Democrat Josh Shapiro. If Mr. Mastriano isn’t up to par, will he and Mr. Trump argue that it was due to some kind of massive coordinated fraud scheme that surprisingly can’t be proven? they speculated, before adding that candidate Oz should – Trump – accept the loss of him if that is different from what the voters decide.
GOP candidates are understandably eager to get Trump’s approval, but it could come with the pressure to scream fraud when there is no supporting evidence. Regardless of whether Mr. Oz wins or loses, he would be doing his country a service if he publicly rejected this turn towards conspiracy politics.
What? Could Trump’s approval come with an unwanted duty to agree that American electoral legitimacy must be sacrificed at the MAGA altar? And, if so, would it be better if Trump stayed out of it? If the Wall Street Journal were to bolster faith in democracy and oppose Trump’s continued recklessness, editors would have to do so with the required force and candor and not water it down with an almost insulting statement that Trump learns the lessons and let them be the ones. voters to decide. The Journal was energetic about Trump’s danger out January 6.
But it’s an election year and the Journal is tackling Trump issues ahead of the November vote that will establish control of Congress, so the “moderate-wing WSJ editors” can only go that far in wagging the finger at Trump. After all, it’s a win-win place. They don’t want to be rude or anything.
Jason Miciak believes that a day without learning is a day not lived. He is a political writer, features writer, author and lawyer. He is a dual citizen of Canada who spent his teens and college years in the Pacific Northwest and has since lived in seven states. Now he’s enjoying the single dad life of a young girl, writing from the Gulf Coast beaches. He loves making his own flower pots, cooking, while also studying scientific philosophy, religion and non-mathematical principles underlying quantum mechanics and cosmology. Do not hesitate to contact for intervention commitments or any doubts.