Donald Trump may have made a major misstep at his Texas rally on Saturday night.
The man thrives on controversy, but a statement he made at his rally could cost him significant Republican support and moderate voters that were coming back to him after voting for Biden in 2020.
Trump suggested pardoning the January 6 rioters, which is already creating a problem for him.
Did Trump Finally Go Too Far?
During his Texas rally, Trump stated, “If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly.
“And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly.”
Politically speaking, Trump missed the mark with that comment.
And, yes, I know his faithful supporters cheered and it will play well with his base, but that is not who we are talking about here.
Trump has to get clear-cut support among all Republicans and he needs to lure back the voters that went away from him in 2020, and that comment is not going to do that.
This is not about the difference in treatment of rioters on January 6 and the BLM and ANTIFA rioters that lit our streets on fire for months.
This is about people backing Trump being associated with supporting that riot.
This is about Donald Trump supporting the riot because that is now how the media and Democrats will portray Trump.
He has already lost Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on this front.
Graham, earlier today, when asked about Trump issuing those pardons, stated, “No, I don’t want to send any signal that it was OK to defile the Capitol.
“There are other groups with causes that may want to go down to the violent path that these people get pardoned.”
You don’t think Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is smiling ear-to-ear today, gloating that “I told you so” look on her face?
You don’t think Democrat campaigns are putting together images of January 6 and looping Trump’s comments about pardoning these individuals over top of those images?
Even though Trump is currently leading Biden in mock polling, his lead is not that large. In fact, in one of the most recent polls, Trump was actually behind Biden.
He cannot afford a misstep like this and regardless of what his loyal supporters will say, this was a colossal misstep.
It could also cost Republicans during the midterm elections and it could cost them dearly.
Now any candidate that Trump has already endorsed is going to be labeled as a supporter of the riot.
Candidates like Herschel Walker, that only have slim margins, could wind up losing in one of the most critical elections in the country.
This could be the statement that costs Trump any hope of winning the 2024 election because that statement just cost him every moderate that was on the fence.
And, if Joe Biden ends up winning in 2024, the conservative movement dies a slow but sure death in this country.
We have all seen the damage that Biden has done in just one year, so imagine what will happen in eight years, especially if we now fail to take back the House and Senate.
Do you think this was a misstep by Trump or do you think it will eventually blow over?
Tell us in the comments section below.