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Jonathan Bernstein

Bolduc’s About-Face Creates Dilemma for Trump

The former president risks being perceived as a paper tiger if he backs candidates who reject his false election claims.

Strategic choice.

Strategic choice.

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Donald Trump isn’t known as a great strategic thinker. But he sure has a major strategic choice to make right now, and it’s far from clear what the best play is.

Trump’s predicament stems from a whopping flip-flop by the Republican nominee for Senate from New Hampshire, Don Bolduc. Bolduc campaigned in the primary as a true conservative and Trump supporter, including fully endorsing Trump’s false claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election. But as soon as the primary was safely won, Bolduc declared that “the election was not stolen” and acknowledged that Joe  Biden was the legitimate president.