Trump having the worst 72 hours of coverage I can recall in recent memory for a nominee/president/presidential candidate. He has no little Marcos, lyin Teds, or low energy Jebs to triangulate off of, so he’s all alone to flail away in his own fish bowl.
The race-baiting language is easy to demagogue in today’s low-information voter world. The same kind of demagoguery Trump has been using to his own advantage actually, so he’s being hoisted from his own petard in a way.
No one is truly loyal to him other than his incestuous batch of sychophants, retreads, and flunkies that have been infesting cable news media for months now. All people not up to the task of overcoming such a poop show. Those in the party who would be are only with Trump because they presume he’s gonna be the nominee so they wanted a seat at the table. Such opportunists are the last ones who are gonna run head first into a clenched fist for him.
The media did turn on Trump as we all predicted, but this particular F-5 was almost unintented consequences Trump gifted to them. This isn’t the result of some hidden vault of Trump oppo research they were saving for the right time. This was simply Trump doing this to himself, and the media gave him a Truman Show-style audience in front of the country to drop his trousers.
Because he has no issue substance whatsoever, he cannot change the subject. This is the shallow end of the gene pool where Trump does his best/worst work, but now he’s choking on his own sludge. When you live by the media demogaguery, you die by the media demogagouery.
When your own surrogates start leaking stuff to the media that’s never a good sign. I’ve been on campaigns where that happened before, and it was ALWAYS a sign we were about to lose. It’s usually somebody who can see this thing is imploding. So they want to get out ahead of the blast radius with their buddies in the media. Cockroaches always find ways to survive.
If this sounds like I don’t think Trump will survive this, it’s because he shouldn’t. But his cult has been resilient before so we will see. Frankly, an argument could be made the worst case scenario for the GOP is he does, and just becomes more and more toxic as the campaign drones on.
Eventually infecting everyone down ballot, too. In fact, if I were advising down ballot candidates I don’t know what I’d tell them. They’re in a real tough spot, for they will get all the baggage of Trump with none of the benefits since there won’t be any left.
Maybe the smartest thing Trump could do is literally just go away until Cleveland. Work hard to give a great speech, and then disappear again until the debates. Force the media to cover Hillary. who’s really damaged as well, instead of him. Because right now it’s like there’s a one-person race and you’re just watching a meltdown.
Remember what I first said on my show on February 29th. The only thing that generates more ratings than building the megalomaniac up is tearing him down.
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