by William A. Jacobson at legalinsurrection.com
Vivek comes across as incredibly smarmy. He made his fortune in what amounted to a pump-and-dump play with a pharmaceutical company, and he reminds me of the sham-wow guy.
Vivek’s strategy has been to suck up to Trump and Trump supporters, waiting for Trump to fall, to set himself up as the alternative to DeSantis. It was all so insincere, but it served Team Trump’s purposes because the more alternatives to Trump in the primaries, the better for Trump.
Sucking up earned Vivek safety from Trump’s barbs (does he even have a nickname for Vivek?) and attacks. Vivek rose because it suited Trump’s purposes for Vivek to rise. Vivek thought he was in control, another stock hustle with The Donald as the mark.
Late this afternoon, just ahead of the Iowa Caucuses, Trump called Vivek out on Truth Social:
Vivek started his campaign as a great supporter, “the best President in generations,” etc. Unfortunately, now all he does is disguise his support in the form of deceitful campaign tricks. Very sly, but a vote for Vivek is a vote for the “other side” — don’t get duped by this. Vote for “TRUMP,” don’t waste your vote! Vivek is not MAGA. The Biden Indictments against his Political Opponent will never be allowed in this Country, they are already beginning to fall! MAGA!!!