Depending on your interpretation, President Trump either endorsed far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen or suggested that her stock was rising because of a pre-election terrorist attack in Paris.
Either way, Sunday’s results were an embarrassment for Trump.
Late results Sunday night showed centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron leading National Front candidate Le Pen by a nearly 2-to-1 margin — a landslide the likes of which we have never seen in an American popular vote. The biggest margin ever recorded here was Warren Harding’s 60 percent to 34 percent win in the 1920 election; Macron led 66 percent to 34 percent.
I argued on this blog that Trump’s comments about Le Pen amounted to an endorsement. He had said that she was the best candidate when it came to the most important issue: the security of her country. And he clearly suggested that her popularity was rising after the terrorist attack, a claim that in retrospect looks haphazard, at best, and foolhardy, at worst.
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