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July 01, 2024 02:00 PM UTC

Gabe Evans Deletes "Trump Debate Money Bomb" Post

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Here’s a post that went up on CO-08 Republican congressional nominee Gabe Evans’ Facebook page last Thursday, asking supporters to join Evans in “supporting President [Donald] Trump before he takes the stage.”

During the primary election that Evans wound up winning handily, Trump’s endorsement of Evans–contrary to that of the Colorado Republican Party, which endorsed Evans’ opponent former state Rep. Janak Joshi–added a layer of insurance in this closely competitive district that Washington, D.C. Republicans would get their desired candidate. Evans’ high-profile coziness with the Trump brand could hurt Evans in the general election as much as it helped him in the primary, however, and so we expect Evans to begin to pivot “to the center” to make himself palatable to the broader electorate.

It’s a message Evans evidently didn’t get before last Thursday’s debate. But sometime afterward, Evans’ “Trump Debate Money Bomb” post was, as they said in Soviet Russia, disappeared-as-a-verb:

If you check Evans’ Facebook page, you can confirm for yourself that the “Trump Debate Money Bomb” post has been deleted. We suppose it’s possible that Evans only wanted it displayed on the day of the debate, but it’s unusual to completely delete a post and its comments, shares, etc. Without a better explanation, we could speculate there was some cold feet following Evans’ effusive praise for Trump as “the ONLY choice” to take on the state’s non-existent “crime wave” and “secure the border” by passing legislation Trump told Republicans not to pass so he could campaign on immigration. Trump’s wholesale lies during the debate on these issues might have given Evans pause about their intentional co-branding?

Either way, Gabe Evans needs to focus on raising money for Gabe Evans, not Donald Trump. Trump doesn’t need any of the donors Evans sends him, assuming they’re not already on Trump’s sucker donor rolls. And above all, Evans doesn’t need Trump’s cloud hanging over his bid for Colorado’s most competitive congressional seat.

But it may be too late for that. The primary ended, and Evans and Trump remained a package deal.

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