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Trump praises “very MAGA” Mary Miller, thinks Bailey might have the best shot against Pritzker

Thursday, Jun 23, 2022

* Greg Bishop scored an interview with former President Donald Trump ahead of his Quincy visit. Greg’s first question was “Why endorse Congresswoman Mary Miller over Congressman Rodney Davis?”

Well, she’s somebody I’ve gotten to know. She’s a high quality person. She’s been all for me all the way. And you know, you have to remember that, and that she’s just a very good person and a very MAGA person. And I said I’d do it a long time ago. Rodney said some very negative things about me at points. And I said, ‘Well, you know, you got to remember that also.’ And Mary’s been just terrific, a tremendous supporter.

Please pardon all transcription errors.

* “Among the Republicans running, which do you think is going to pose the greatest challenge to the Democratic incumbent Gov. JB Pritzker?”

Well, it would look like Bailey, I haven’t made an endorsement, but he’s doing a good job. A lot of people are liking him. And I think that, you know, he would potentially have a shot. Pritzker has been a terrible, terrible governor. He has done such a bad job, and with the lock-downs, and with everything else that you would know better than anybody. But I think maybe Bailey would be the one. I don’t know how the polls are. But he seems to be formidable and could maybe give it a good shot. Because, you know, it’s a little bit hard to win up there for a Republican in that way. So let’s see what happens. But I think Bailey, maybe.

* While we’re on this fall election topic, check out this extremely odd “polling memo” that I cannot believe an actual reporter fell for…

The pollster does a matchup between Pritzker and Sullivan without even disclosing Sullivan’s numbers, and only reveals Pritzker’s numbers in the Chicago media market in comparison to Bailey. What? I’m thinking the Downstate numbers might be different.

That whole polling memo should’ve been dismissed out of hand. It’s a disgrace. Sullivan is obviously trying anything to convince people he’s surging, but I’ve yet to see any hard numbers to support that claim, or even hear about them. And if Sullivan had those numbers, he’d surely release them. And those most def ain’t it.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

19 Comments
  1. - Dankakee - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 9:43 am:

    So the Bailey love gets him out the primary and crushed in the general right?


  2. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 9:43 am:

    The strongest position for winning in November is losing in June?


  3. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 9:45 am:

    That’s pretty equivocal support from Trump, but I’m not sure Bailey really needs too much from him at this point.


  4. - MisterJayEm - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 9:51 am:

    “I’ve yet to see any hard numbers to support that claim, or even hear about them.”

    Haven’t you heard about all the new yard-signs, Rich?

    – MrJM


  5. - Norseman - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 10:15 am:

    === She’s been all for me all the way ===

    This is it. Nobody else matters. It’s what’s in it for me, not the people, not the country, but me, me, me. That also sums up the selfishness of too many others in society. That’s why we have 1 million dead from a pandemic where shared mitigations would have lessened the toll.


  6. - Friendly Bob Adams - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 10:23 am:

    Thank goodness the election is almost here…


  7. - zatoichi - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 10:26 am:

    Yeah: Miller ‘Has been for me all the way’. As in 100% That is far more important than what Miller has done for her district and neighbors. As in 0%.


  8. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 10:30 am:

    Trump isn’t likely to endorse Bailey explicitly because to be “right” (and it’s always about him being right), Bailey would have to do something Trump couldn’t do in two attempts - win Illinois. That would actually be a shot to Trump’s ego if it happened, so there’s no way he thinks it really will.


  9. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 10:31 am:

    If Sullivan announces his move to Florida next month, I think we should formally make the “Rauner Rule” refer to a Republican fleeing to Florida after an embarrassing loss.


  10. - Sox Fan - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 10:45 am:

    ===Trump isn’t likely to endorse Bailey explicitly because to be “right” (and it’s always about him being right), Bailey would have to do something Trump couldn’t do in two attempts - win Illinois. That would actually be a shot to Trump’s ego if it happened, so there’s no way he thinks it really will.===

    What always surprises me with some/most trump supporters is their inability to grasp this


  11. - A-Man - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 10:59 am:

    Sweet, poetic, sad justice to see Rodney’s bootlicking really backfiring for him…sold his soul for nothing.


  12. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 11:00 am:

    ==This is it. Nobody else matters. It’s what’s in it for me, not the people, not the country, but me, me, me.==

    You hit it square on the nailhead, Norseman. Trump will probably hold out on endorsing anybody, because he’d look like a loser again when Pritzker wins.

    Bailey’s new TV ads: “No endorsement, but he likes me. He likes me.”


  13. - Sir Reel - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 11:46 am:

    Well I for one think Trump’s comments are articulate, insightful and exhibit a deep understanding of the policy issues in play. Oh wait, I was thinking about someone else.


  14. - Sue - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 12:10 pm:

    And now prognostication from the great Savant Donald Trump


  15. - Huh? - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 12:42 pm:

    “She’s been all for me all the way.”

    [self editing my vulgar comments to avoid being banned for life]


  16. - Ryan - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 12:43 pm:

    Only the best words.


  17. - Do It - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 12:51 pm:

    Trump even makes an endorsement dunderhead Mary Miller about himself. LOL.


  18. - MoralMinority - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 12:51 pm:

    ==I think we should formally make the “Rauner Rule” refer to a Republican fleeing to Florida after an embarrassing loss==Maybe Darren will follow that lead too and head for the Sunshine State after November. He could turn the “family” farm over to the sons to run and still collect his USDA payments down south where he could be closer to his hero, at least whenever he is at Mar-A-Lago. He wouldn’t be in the Griffin and Rauner social set, but still a nice retirement place.


  19. - Pundent - Thursday, Jun 23, 22 @ 3:07 pm:

    A typical Trump endorsement based entirely on loyalty to Trump. It’s not that Miller is better for the district than Davis is. She’s simply better from Trump. And right now that’s all that matters to the former President. And understandably so. He’s got a few problems and can use all the help he can get. Whether that’s in the best interest of the district is irrelevant.


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