Donald Trump is lashing out again after midterm elections, demanding that the world believe and acknowledge three important points: one, that he is happy; two, that he is smart and sane, and three, that he is more popular than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Following the elections, Trump had a hissy fit on Truth Social, insisting that reports about him being upset are not true, and that he’s actually very happy about the outcome of the midterm elections, even though Republicans may not take the Senate and will likely take the House with narrower margins than expected.
“Remember, I’m a stable genius!” he insisted.
He complained in multiple posts about “fake news,” and reports about the failures of his endorsements, as well as stories based on insider reports that he’s been raging, fuming, and blaming others. In particular, he seemed upset that he isn’t being lauded as the de facto leader and controller of the Republican Party.
At the same time, he’s letting his insecurities show, seeking acknowledgment that he’s more popular in Florida than DeSantis. In one post, he focused on the number of votes each received in the state, Trump in 2020 and DeSantis in 2022 — without acknowledging that midterm turnout overall tends to be lower.
While Trump did tell news media outside his polling place that he’d cast his vote for Ron DeSantis, he doesn’t seem entirely happy about it in this Wednesday afternoon post:
Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?
Trump has the numbers right, but he’s not sharing all the numbers. According to Politico, about 11k ballots were cast in Florida in 2020, compared to fewer than 8k counted in the latest tally reported by the New York Times for 2022. In percentages, Trump barely won Florida in 2020 with 51.2% of the vote, and DeSantis took 59.5% in the midterms.
It’s unlikely anyone in Trump’s advisory circles is telling him that, though.
Still, they didn’t keep from him reports that he had tantrums and blamed his wife and media figures for suggesting certain candidates to him. He blasted the “fake news media” while denying everything.
“Remember, I am a ‘Stable Genius,’” Trump insisted, while assuring his fans he’s focused on future plans, rather than current failures.
In another post, he apologized, not for his own actions, but on behalf of the media, to Melania Trump and Sean Hannity, insisting that the sources are fake and that the stories are made up out of thin air.
Together with his other tantrummy posts, though, complaining that the New York Times failed to publish how many of his endorsed candidates won their races, attacking the Nevada and Arizona elections, and griping about Fox News election day coverage, the former president doesn’t make a very convincing case for his claims of joy and satisfaction.
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.