Paul Nehlen was a Trumpist candidate running against Rep. Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Nehlen stood for a “throw the bums out,” politicians are dirty, blue collar, trade protectionist policy.
He ran some cool ads, depicting himself as a Harley-riding rebel with a flair for business. Donald Trump himself gave Nehlen a controversial Twitter shout-out, and Trump surrogate Ann Coulter personally campaigned for him.
Nehlen’s campaign treasurer was a Trump remora and Tea Party front group expert in collecting money to be used for his own interests. Nehlen appealed to Democrats to try and knock the House Speaker out of his own district.
And…the results speak for themselves.
Final tallies tonight until we update the straggler precints/abs:#WI01
Ryan 57391 84.1%
Nehlen 10852 15.9%
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) August 10, 2016
Ryan absolutely crushed Nehlen. Trump
zombies apologists will point to the fact that their Master endorsed Ryan shortly before the primary. No, I don’t think so.
Mike Pence did not outdo his running mate in the “forced endorsement” department when he threw a chewed bone to Ted Cruz back in April. Trump read a wooden statement in Green Bay while channeling Chris Christie’s eyes and making the most tepid endorsement possible.
Trumpism is a cult of personality, built around a singular object: The Donald. Its effects do not translate anywhere, or to anyone, else. Trump’s endorsement in a race is useless to any who receive it, and his threats to “primary” candidates (or set up a PAC against them) are wholly ephemeral in nature. There’s no substance to them.
This should serve as a lesson to Sens. John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, and anyone else feeling that they’re sitting between the Scylla of being associated with Trump and the Charybdis of losing Trump’s support. There is no Charybdis. Run from the man, as fast as you can.