Bob Dole was not one of those establishment types who pointed out the hostile takeover of the Republican Party by Donald Trump in 2016. He backed the billionaire businessman in it. race and was the only former presidential candidate attending the Republican National Convention that nominated Trump to be the GOP flag bearer. That's why Dole, who spent decades in the Senate and was the GOP presidential candidate in 1996, told USA Today's Susan Page this week about Trump's all the more revealing. I'm a Trumper, Dole told Page, adding more tard: I'm kind of mistaken, though. What explains Dole 's fatigue with Trump? At least in part, these focus on challenging an election that clearly went in a fair manner. It lost the election, and I regret it, but they did, said Dole. He ran Rudy Giuliani across the country, citing fraud. He has never had the slightest fraud in all of these lawsuits he filed and statements he made. Read more The problem for Dole as well as for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a handful of other establishment Republicans are lonely voices in the wilderness. Most of the base not only endorses Trump, but is also on board with his ongoing attempts to push the conspiracy theories debunkeds on fraud during the 2020 elections. THE POINT - NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will dive deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Although only 34% of all voters approved of the work Trump was doing in Gallup's latest poll on his presidency in early 2021, more than 8 in 10 self-identified Republicans (82%) said they had approved - a massive disconnect that clearly shows that even though Trump is detestedt across the country as a whole, he remains a hero for much of the Republican base. Then there are his wild and false claims regarding the election. In poll by Democracy Fund, a non-partisan foundation dedicated to the study of democratic institutions, which was released in late June, 86% of Republicans said Trump's court challenges in the 2020 election were appropriate, 79% said they were not confident in the national vote count, and 68% said Trump actually won. said Trump should never give in. So yes. It remains to be seen whether Trump's single goal of proving he actually won the election will ultimately lead a significant number of Republicans, like Dole, to tire of him. Which makes me skeptical of the fact. that Dole takes away a movement of former Trumpers from him, is that Trump has always had only one piece of equipment, oneonly schtick he has always used. The elites are against him (and you). Fake News. Make America Great Again. To quote Jacobim Mugatu in Zoolander : The man has only one glance. For Trump, at least for now, one glance seems to suffice.