While there are plenty of things we can all say about the presumptive Republican nominee for president, one thing I think even many of Donald Trump’s supporters would admit to is that he loves to brag about stuff. Whether it’s his money, his business “success,” his wife’s looks or something he says he’s going to do — he loves to boast about himself and things he has/says he will accomplish.
As much as I can’t stand the guy, I’ll admit he’s one hell of a salesman and definitely knows how to market “The Donald.”
However, as with most folks who enjoy talking about themselves or their accomplishments, they tend to leave out the stuff that doesn’t exactly fit their “look how amazing I am” agenda.
Take for instance how, throughout his campaign, Trump has often bragged about two things:
- His polling numbers.
- How many votes he received.
As we’ve seen recently, he’s started to become much more silent about poll numbers considering Hillary Clinton is leading him (rather easily in many) in almost every poll that’s come out over the last few weeks. In fact, I’ve even seen signs where he’s starting to question the validity of the very same polls he used to brag about during the primary.
Now when it comes to the number of votes he received during the GOP primary, he’s absolutely correct when he says that he received more than any other candidate in Republican history.
At around 13.3 million votes, Trump beat the previous record held by George W. Bush by 1.8 million. Though I think it’s important to point out that, while he beat the record by 1.8 million votes, Bush ran for president sixteen years ago when the population was smaller by around 40 million people.
Be that as it may, it’s indisputable that Trump now holds the record for the most votes cast for a Republican candidate in the party’s history.
Except there’s another side to these numbers about which you’ll never hear Trump brag: He also holds the record for having the most votes cast against a primary candidate.
In 2016, Trump became one of the very few candidates in Republican history to have won the nomination despite being supported by less than half of the party’s primary voters.
While primary numbers aren’t exactly a direct indicator of what will or won’t happen during a general election, those numbers, combined with the fact that the GOP has been less than enthusiastic to coalesce around their presumptive nominee (despite setting the record for most votes received by a candidate), and you start to see a situation that’s shaping up to be a potential disaster for Donald Trump heading into November’s election.
Not only does it appear that quite a few members of Trump’s own party want nothing to do with him, while even many of the ones who have publicly spoke out in support of him seem less than excited that he’s their candidate, but more than half of Republican primary voters supported anyone but him. That’s not a very solid foundation to be on for a candidate who’s heading into a general election where he’s already polling behind his opponent.
While I’m fairly certain that Trump will continue to brag about breaking the record for getting the most votes of any Republican nominee in history, he certainly won’t be bragging about the fact that he also set the record for having the most votes cast against a nominee, as well.