Donald Trump is nothing if not consistent.
Not necessarily in what he says and does. In that he can be flamboyantly capricious and contradictory. But the animating impulse is always the same: Win. Prevail. Come out ahead and on top. That’s one of the things a plurality of rank-and-file Republicans loved about him during the 2016 GOP primaries. He fights!
So he did, and so he does — in what looks likely to be the final fight of his brief but incredibly potent political career. (Assuming he doesn’t try to mount a comeback in 2024 at the age of 78.)