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Ransacking the RNC

The Trump family is making the RNC their own, personal piggy bank. What does this mean for November?

Donald Trump wants to install his daughter-in-law Lara as one of the two heads of the Republican National Committee. (The other is a Trump lackey; the less said about him, the better.)

The corporate media has been wringing its hands at the prospects of a completely unqualified person running the RNC. As Vanity Fair pointed out: “In addition to backing [Michael] Whatley and Lara Trump, the ex-president is expected to ‘tap Chris LaCivita to serve as RNC chief operating officer,’ per Politico, which spoke to a GOP operative and also noted that LaCivita would still maintain his job as Trump’s co-campaign manager. In case it was unclear what is going on here.”

If you’re still confused, Lara Trump — like all Trumps save Ivanka — has said the quiet parts out loud: Her intent is “for every single penny” of RNC cash to go to Trump and only Trump, including paying his multimillion-dollar legal bills.

What the corporate media hasn’t done is spell out the obvious: This is amazing news for Democrats in November and a disaster for the GOP. Because, in the best-case scenario (where cooler heads prevail and the RNC doesn’t underwrite Trump’s defense), only Trump’s campaign will be infused with donations. That means that there’s zero for U.S. Senate seats that are toss-ups in Arizona, Montana, and Ohio, or barely blue Wisconsin and Michigan. Nothing for any House races, including the many close races in 15 states. No money for get-out-the-vote drives.

In the worst case, with all the RNC’s money going to legal bills, even Trump’s campaign will be underfunded. Lara Trump says the RNC needs $500 million more from its donors, but what self-respecting oligarch is going to throw good money after bad? They pay to play; they’re not interested in paying for incompetent lawyers for a mercurial, petty blockhead who doesn’t have the money to win in November.

And everyone in the know, knows that Trump uses any money under his direct or indirect control to maintain his lavish lifestyle. Trump couldn’t match Joe Biden’s campaign spending in October 2020 because he’d blown $1 billion on stupid vanity projects and personal spending. Consequently, Biden outspent him 3-to-1 on TV ads in September 2020. Trump has shown himself completely impervious to learning, so expect a repeat of draining the campaign coffers, leaving him without money when he needs it most, even if donors come to Trump’s rescue.

As German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck once opined, “God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.” But it sure looks as if God doesn’t love fools as stupid as Donald J. Trump.

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Ivonne Rovira

Ivonne is the research director for Save Our Schools Kentucky. She previously worked for The Miami Herald, the Miami News, and The Associated Press. (Read the rest on the Contributors page.)

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