He’s still campaigning with fury and zero substance, but Mr. Donald Trump – now unshackled from the GOP, which had always been weary of his brand of bombast – is no longer pursuing the presidency.
Of course he would never admit such truth, because he doesn’t want to disappoint and alienate his core audience – uneducated white men with a grievance to air and a taste for the extreme – but his words and actions suggest that he’s abandoned any plans to expand his base, particularly outreaching to educated suburban women and minority urbanites, but rather will coalesce with loyalists and attack every enemy at once, a strategy guaranteed to yield no meaningful returns in this election and further exemplify why he’s unfit to serve as president.
Yes, it’s true that Mr. Trump – who on Wednesday reiterated his desire to jail Mrs. Hillary Clinton for her email scandal and whose supporters that same day called for the repeal of the 19th Amendment, which gives women the right to vote, after a poll showed he could win the presidency if only men voted – in the primary election got more votes than any Republican in modern history.
But those roughly 14 million people won’t be enough to deliver him the presidency and, given that Mr. Trump less than thirty days out from the election is trailing Mrs. Clinton in a national poll – though he’s leading in Missouri and tied with her in Utah, which has gone Republican in every presidential election since 1968 – and shows no sign of executing real outreach, the race is pretty much over.
Conventional wisdom supports the aforementioned assertion, as many pundits in recent days can’t fathom how Mr. Trump, who’s now publicly feuding with House Speaker Mr. Paul Ryan and declaring Democrats more loyal than Republicans, can grab 270 electoral votes with a strategy so withdrawn from the mainstream.
Indeed, after his horrific performance at the second debate with Mrs. Clinton, which was seen as a salute to his mostly barbaric and largely male audience, Mr. Trump fully embraced the type of fringe politics that produced the Birther movement, the racially insensitive effort to de-legitimize the nation’s first black president, Mr. Barack Obama, by suggesting he wasn’t born in America.
In the days since a tape leaked wherein Mr. Trump in 2005 bragged about sexual assault, his support in the GOP dissipated, and Mr. Ryan, the highest-ranking Republican who in the 2012 presidential election was apart of the duo that garner 60 million votes, said he would no longer defend the nominee.
For a man who branded himself as a unifier, Mr. Trump has exhibited throughout this election unprecedented divisive behavior.
A Trump presidency, which the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights said this week would be dangerous and deeply unsettling to the international community, has frightened many Americans on both sides of the aisle; particularly because Mr. Trump, such a visibly unstable man, would have control of the country’s nuclear weapons and military. But a worldwide crisis appears to have been averted due to Mr. Trump’s own doing.
His inability to steadily walk on the high-ground, stay on-message, appear contrite after controversy and communicate clearly to the public absent of insults, hyperbole and lies, have sealed his fate, even if neither he nor his supporters and surrogates will acknowledge such.
Mr. Trump will more than likely lose the election but not because his opponent, Mrs. Clinton, is overwhelmingly trustworthy, popular and free from controversy, but because he’s so despicable, immature, reckless and off-putting.
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