The morning after an enormous grassroots win by Judge Roy Moore in Alabama, some establishment GOP, swamp creatures, inside the beltway, must be nursing horrific hangovers. The truth is, a Roy Moore win is better for advancing a Trump agenda than a Luther Strange win would have ever been.
So, why did Trump endorse and campaign for Luther Strange? There has been much speculation. Some believe he was again, trying to “work with” the eGOP and offer an olive branch, but conventional wisdom is pointing to, he’s just getting very bad advice. And from whom is that very bad advice coming? The first son-in-law, Jared Kuchner.
Breitbart has been doing some heavy reporting on the Kuchner effect in the White House. It’s no surprise since their chief, Steve Bannon, has the inside track on the short history of the Trump administration. And we cannot forget that, at least one reason why Bannon left the WH, was conflict with Kuchner.
Here’s some of their take on the subject.
9/27/17: Nolte: Luther Strange Endorsement Is Just Latest Awful Advice Trump Received from Jared Kushner – In what is becoming a disturbing pattern, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner was apparently one of those who advised the president to back Strange, to once again sail into big, jagged rocks — a humiliation for Trump that anyone with any real-world political sense should have (and did) seen coming from a mile away.
Report: Jared Kushner Urged Trump to Back Luther Strange in Alabama Primary – White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner was reportedly a key player in persuading President Trump to make the disastrous decision to back Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in the Alabama Senate primary — a decision that has backfired spectacularly and pitted Trump against his base.
Jared Kushner Registered to Vote as a Woman – Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is registered to vote as a female in New York, according to public records. Kushner, whose massive portfolio includes solving America’s opioid crisis, tackling criminal justice reform, and bringing peace to the Middle East — just to name a few — has come under repeated scrutiny for his inability to correctly fill out documents including his federal security clearance forms.
And Kuchner is making a lot of mistakes, that are potentially embarrassing for the president.
9/25/17: Trey Gowdy Demands Answers after Jared Kushner Reveals Private Email Use – House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has joined his Democratic colleague in pushing the Trump administration for more information about officials’ use of personal email accounts after it was revealed that President Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner had used a private account for government business.
5/2/17 : Report: Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose $1 Billion in Loans, Investment Ties to Goldman Sachs and George Soros – President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner didn’t disclose his part ownership of a real-estate finance startup known as Cadre, according to a Wall Street Journal review of Kushner’s securities and other filings.
CNN reports the anger coming from the Oval Office:
… But Trump felt beholden to Strange, who has supported his agenda during his few months in the Senate. His decision, according to a person familiar, was not made entirely at McConnell’s request.
Trump “knew it was a mistake but one he was willing to make because Luther was loyal,” said a senior White House official.
Following Strange’s loss, Trump felt he was proven right and his team had largely failed him.
He went to bed “embarrassed and pissed” following the election loss, according to a person familiar with his mindset. Trump, multiple sources said, was furious with McConnell — with whom he has openly feuded — and feels outdone by his former aide Bannon.
Trump "embarrassed and pissed" that Strange lost last night. Feels outdone by Bannon. Blaming McConnell. Per mult sources to CNN WH team.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 27, 2017
Apparently Trump saw the train wreck coming. Politico:
“‘I’m taking a big risk, because if he doesn’t make it, they’re going to go after me,’ the president said, referring to the many members of the media who were in attendance at the Von Braun Center. Trump said he would face accusations that he couldn’t get his candidate over the finish line.
“At some moments, he seemed to be bracing for the possibility of a Strange loss. He acknowledged that polls had shown the senator trailing throughout the race. And he said that if Moore came out ahead on Tuesday, he would campaign for him before the general election.‘I told Luther if his opponent wins, I’ll be here campaigning like hell for him,’ Trump said.” http://politi.co/2hq022W
— WAPO’S JENNA JOHNSON: “‘I might have made a mistake. I’ll be honest, I might have made a mistake,’ Trump told a crowd of several thousand gathered at the Von Braun Center that cheered much louder for him than for the candidate he was there to support, Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed earlier this year to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. … ‘And, by the way, both good men. Both good men,’ the president said of the two Republican candidates. ‘If his opponent wins, I’m going to be here campaigning like hell for him. But, I have to say this … Luther will definitely win.’” http://wapo.st/2ho9dol
So, whether or not you believe Jared Kuchner is the problem, there is a problem. Hopefully Trump will listen more to the person who got him over the finish line, Steve Bannon, and less to Kuchner. And maybe sometime soon, we will hear the words, “Jared, your fired!” coming from the oval office.