Donald Trump humiliated JD Vance for fun at a rally in Ohio
Trump’s campaign stops have always been, primarily, about Trump. You can tell this by the time he spends talking about himself (a lot) versus the time he spends talking about the candidate he is ostensibly campaigning for (very little).
Comstock is right. It’s hard to see Trump’s characterization of Vance as a mere lackey benefiting him in his surprisingly competitive run against Democrat Tim Ryan this fall. Even for voters who like Trump, the portrayal of Vance as a mere spit is not very appealing.
But that’s not what Trump cares about. Not really.
That’s what you still have to remember when trying to figure out the strategy or motivation behind something Trump does. Trump is all about Trump – first, last and forever.
And so, the most important thing that Trump wanted people in Ohio to understand this weekend is not why they should vote for Vance. It’s that he remains ultra-popular among Republicans, and every GOP candidate, including Vance, is desperate for his endorsement.
That such an argument belittles Vance and makes him look both small and hopeless is of no concern to Trump. The main (and only) concern is how it makes Trump look – strong, powerful and still highly coveted.
It’s all that matters.