The Double Standard Driving GOP Dysfunction

Donald Trump speaks during an Election Night event at Mar-a-Lago. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.)

 On Election Night, Donald Trump took to his post-truth social media platform,  Truth Social, to spin the results. His first utterance was to celebrate Republican Joe O’Dea’s loss in the U.S. Senate race in Colorado. “Joe O’Dea lost BIG!” Trump crowed. “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!” O’Dea had distanced himself from Trump during the campaign (and Trump attacked him for it). 

Soon after, Republican Don Bolduc lost his Senate bid in New Hampshire by nearly 10 points. In the primary, Bolduc embraced Trump’s nonsense about the 2020 election being stolen, and in return, Trump had endorsed him. But days after he secured the nomination, Bolduc reversed course, admitting the election wasn’t stolen. A couple weeks later, on a QAnon-friendly podcast, he backtracked

That’s not how Trump saw it. Trump declared that Bolduc lost because he “disavowed, after his big primary win, his long-standing stance on Election Fraud. … Had he stayed strong and true, he would have won, easily.” Bolduc squeaked through his primary with 1,867 votes. 

Trump would prefer that the GOP lose a Colorado Senate seat, if the alternative is electing a conservative Republican who isn’t a Trump lickspittle. Moreover, he believes, or at least wants Republicans to believe, that Bolduc would have won in New Hampshire if only he’d showed unwavering loyalty to the stolen election lie. 

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