Donald Trump’s GOP allies hit the panic button as he circles the drain

Its always tough to tell if Donald Trump, on his increasingly rare lucid days, truly understands that hes currently on track to get blown out in 2020 and then sent to prison. If he fully grasped this, youd think hed be trying to do something to turn things around, instead of screwing around with a Sharpie.

But whether Donald Trump understands how deep of a hole hes in or not, his remaining allies appear to very much understand what a vulnerable position hes in. To that end, theyre now trying to rig the 2020 Republican primary race in Trumps favor a sign of just how ugly they expect things to get for Trump if he goes through with seeking reelection.

There are now three fairly well-known Republicans either challenging, or talking about challenging, Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary race: Joe Walsh, Bill Weld, and Mark Sanford. Whatever you think of any of them, the mere fact that youve heard of them is a problem for Trump. In modern presidential elections, whenever an incumbent president has faced a primary challenge that got any amount media coverage, that president won the primary race but then went on to lose the general election. A vigorous primary challenge can rough up a weak incumbent to the point that the incumbent ends up limping into the general election, too busy licking his wounds to be able to deal effectively with the opponent from the other party.

To that end, Republican officials in a few states have decided to simply cancel their states Republican primaries and caucuses in 2020, according to CNN and other news outlets. Well see how the inevitable legal challenges shake out on this front. What stands out is that Donald Trumps allies are trying to prevent a primary contest from even happening, for fear that even if Trump wins the nomination, the process will finish off whats left of his viability.

To be clear, this move wont help Donald Trump much. The 2020 Republican primary race will still play out in most states. And again, its not so much about whos going to win, but how much damage the likes of Weld and Walsh can do to Trump in the process. Oh and by the way, if Trump isnt on the 2020 Republican primary ballot in California because he hasnt released his tax returns, thatll hand a sizable early victory to whichever GOP challenger wins the state in his absence.

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