...this took a tremendous effort, even when this is true:
In last 24 hours, after floating through a few folks that he was considering creating a third-party as a way to keep Senate Rs in line ahead of impeachment, Trump has been talked out of that and is making clear to people he isn't pursuing it, per ppl familiar w his thinking.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2021
That question of votes could shift again, but no matter. Failing to convict may yet be a problem in 2 years. Trump is never going to be a political force. He holds rallies so he can get people to chant “Lock her up!” Which got to be so empty a phrase even Mark Joseph Stern didn’t worry about it. Can he even manage rallies now, without a campaign staff or White House staff? He’ll have to pay for it, and he doesn’t want to do that. I understand he has $70 million in campaign funds, a fearsome war chest. Except Trump needs money, and he hates to spend it on other people.
There’s also the fact that threatening a third party while simultaneously threatening primaries makes no sense, which some folks gently pointed out to him.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 24, 2021