Trump Is Sabotaging Himself, Author Theorizes
There Donald Trump goes again. Abandoning the path to possible victory just to prove a point. With Joe Biden faced with wobbly approval ratings and Republicans hoping to recapture Congress next year, Trump is threatening to keep tens of millions of voters home in 2022 and 2024.
Photo Insert: Officials around the country are failing to root out the fraud that former President Donald Trump claims cost him a second term in the White House
The reason? Officials around the country are failing to root out the fraud that Trump claims cost him a second term in the White House, wrote author Michael D'Antonio for CNN.
"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24," Trump announced Wednesday. "It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do."
Trouble is, of course, there was no meaningful election fraud in 2020. In fact, the very day that Trump made his threat a judge in Georgia became the latest jurist to throw out a lawsuit claiming fraud had determined the 2020 outcome. Against all the evidence, Trump still demands his fellow Republicans prove he won in 2020, lest they suffer a landslide defeat in future elections as the former president's rabid supporters refuse to vote.
For someone who had talked an awful lot about being a winner, this latest threat seems strange. But then again, he has done this kind of thing before. At the start of 2021, Trump had the job of aiding two Georgia Republicans in runoffs for US Senate seats. In one race, GOP incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler faced Democrat Raphael Warnock.
In the other, Republican Sen. David Perdue was competing against Democrat Jon Ossoff. Biden's victory in the state had shown the independents who could decide the winner were not with Trump. He campaigned there anyway, stressing a voter fraud claim that apparently rubbed Georgians the wrong way.
Loeffler and Perdue both lost, which meant the GOP also lost control of the US Senate. The Perdue/Loeffler debacles echoed Trump's destructive meddling in Alabama for Roy Moore in 2017.
The times when Trump has acted as his own worst enemy seem to fit what mental health experts call "self-sabotage." This isn't something people do deliberately. Instead, it's an unconscious process that can be evidence of a fear of success. (People who worry about whether they can handle achieving a lofty goal -- like snagging a big promotion -- sabotage themselves so they won't be seen as inadequate once they are in their new position).
A writer in Psychology Today connected Trump with self-sabotage as he struggled near the end of the 2020 campaign. "Trump may be the absolute best at one thing in particular: self-sabotage," wrote Lili Stillwaggon Swan, Ph.D.