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MARIO MURILLO: Today Is Not A Referendum On Trump
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Don’t believe a single word from those who are calling today’s election a referendum of President Trump. Today is not a verdict on Donald Trump. This is not about the left seizing the perceived hatred of Trump. This is something else altogether.
Some Republicans in the House did not jump on the Trump train soon enough to benefit from his wins. Let’s not forget how, early on, the leadership of the Republican Party fought Trump. They even maneuvered to prevent him from running for President. He had to overcome obstacles on both sides of the aisle.
If the Republican Party had seized two issues, they would be seeing a Red Wave today instead biting their nails. Immigration and the economy are the two things an overwhelming number of Americans care about. They want jobs and they don’t want their neighborhoods invaded. Establishment Republicans were to slow to understand that. They still feared the media.
Even during this election cycle, many House Republicans were slow to understand the groundswell of grassroots support for Trump. Look at candidates whose hide is being saved because, just in time, they wisely identified with Trump.
Moreover, House elections are local not national. What the left is grabbing hold of is the frustration of a do-nothing congress. Candidates are vulnerable because of their local, lackadaisical leadership—their clinging to establishment ways—and for doing nothing while they had the chance. None of which is Trump’s fault.
That is not to say the Left’s answer is any good. Their cure is far worse than the disease.
The Left has good reason to try to pin their nonexistent blue wave on Trump. They want to weaken him. However, the weakness came from Paul Ryan’s brand of “sort of say something, and sort of do something.” Republican tabling, delaying, snide remarks against Trump tweets, and trying to appear to be getting things done, is coming home to haunt them.
Look at today this way: Your football team was down 28-0 at the two-minute warning and you finally put the right quarterback in. He is miraculously driving up and down the field and may have enough time to pull out a win. Trump has frantically rallied in so many places in the last few weeks that it makes me dizzy. If God can use anyone to pull out a miracle it is Donald Trump.
But if the gun sounds before he can save the house…don’t blame him, it is totally not his fault. If he does pull out a win the Republican Party better give credit where credit is due.