This weekend, former Vice President Mike Pence was the latest casualty to drop out of the presidential primary race.
Pence had an outside shot of making the next debate, but he was never going to get enough support to win the nomination.
Rather than continue to waste donor money, Pence called it quits, and Trump went after him as soon as he did.
Gloves Are Off
Trump was in Nevada this weekend and he made it clear the gloves are off against anyone opposing him.
He started by going after Mike Pence, demanding that Pence endorse him, as well as calling Pence “disloyal.”
Now, keep in mind, Trump obliterated Pence when he would not stop the certification of the 2020 election. Pence also made it clear when he was running he was doing so to present an alternative to Donald Trump, but Trump still expected an endorsement.
He stated, “I don’t know about Mike Pence. He should endorse me. He should endorse me. You know why?
“Because I had a great successful presidency and he was the vice president. He should endorse me. I chose him, made him vice president, but people in politics can be very disloyal.”
Trump then turned his attention to Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis, the candidates running in second and third in the race.
He stated, “Somebody said that Bird Brain [Nikki Haley] is now in second place, but she’s going nowhere.”
Trump then took a shot at DeSantis, saying that he “dropped like a falling bird, badly injured from the sky.”
I still believe that Trump does more to hurt his general election chances by hitting these candidates than he would if he just concentrated on Joe Biden.
People take this stuff very personally, and Trump is alienating DeSantis and Haley supporters. And while they are not threatening Trump winning the primary right now, collectively, they have a pretty significant backing, all of whom could sit on the sidelines in a general election.
If Trump truly believed he had this primary won, he would not be lobbing these bombs at fellow Republicans, especially if he hopes to have their fan bases back him during a general election if he wins the nomination.