The post-mortem, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO, says the former president suffered from voter perception that he wasnâ€™t honest or trustworthy and that he was crushed by disapproval of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. And while Trump spread baseless accusations of ballot-stuffing in heavily Black cities, the report notes that he was done in by hemorrhaging support from white voters.
The 27-page report, which was written by Trump chief pollster Tony Fabrizio, shows how Trump advisers were privately reckoning with his loss even as the former president and many of his supporters engaged in a conspiracy theory-fueled effort to overturn the election. The autopsy was completed in December 2020 and distributed to Trumpâ€™s top political advisers just before President Joe Bidenâ€™s Jan. 20 inauguration.
This should surprise no one whoâ€™s paid attention, but Iâ€™ve no doubt some will be stunned. Whatâ€™s more, the voter perception is hardly wrong: Trump isnâ€™t honest or trustworthy and his handling of the pandemicâ€”to the extent he did anythingâ€”was political malpractice. He also happens to be a terrible human being.Â