Which is exactly what happened on Monday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in Trump’s penultimate campaign rally of the 2020 race.
You can see what happened here. Trump likely had prepared remarks that said something like “This election isn’t about me — it’s about you and what kind of future you will have.”
Which is a line politicians use all the time because they believe that it conveys that their run for president isn’t solely about their own personal ambition or desires, but rather about what’s best for the country.
Except that Trump can’t a) stick to the script or b) avoid saying whatever happens to flash through his mind at that very moment. And so, he flips the script to make the exact opposite point that his speechwriter would have wanted: That the election is, in fact, all about him.
Which is a bold statement! Out of the 330-plus million people in the United States, Trump offered himself up as the only person able to fix what ails not just Washington, DC, but the country at large.
The point here is that Trump has made every moment of his time in the White House about himself. He has turned the Republican Party into a cult of personality rather than a group of people gathered around a set of shared ideological principles. He has weaponized race for his own political purposes.
In short: Every strand of the last four years in Washington connect directly back to Donald Trump. That’s the way he wanted it. But it may well be the root of his political demise, too.