While I’m not here to predict that Donald Trump’s campaign is in danger of losing the nomination outright to Sen. Ted Cruz, as I wrote yesterday, it does appear that we might be witnessing the downfall (though very gradually) of Donald Trump. Unfortunately for Republicans, it’s probably too little too late.
Well, things didn’t really get any better for “The Donald” on Sunday. In fact, it was a downright sad day for the current Republican presidential frontrunner.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said he wasn’t sure if his party’s current (and overwhelming) frontrunner was the strongest candidate.
“Is he your best candidate?” host Chuck Todd asked.
“I don’t know. Listen, I don’t worry about who is the strongest candidate. Obviously, we have our own conversations here,” Priebus replied. “But the fact is that we’re here, prepared to support whoever the eventual nominee is, with the biggest, best Republican National Committee that we’ve ever put together, Chuck.”
That’s what you call dodging a question – then trying to change the subject as quickly as possible by bragging about the “biggest and best” convention they’ve ever put together. With that sort of over-the-top hyperbole, it seems Trump’s flamboyant idiocy might be rubbing off some on Priebus. Though it’s never a good side when the head of your party seems less than excited about the current overwhelming frontrunner for that party’s nomination.
Then during a radio interview, Ben Carson gave one of the weakest “endorsements” I’ve ever seen when he was asked whether or not Trump was the best person to address what he perceives to be the country’s problems.
“He’s probably the person,” Carson said. “Are there better people? Probably. But one of the things we have to do is we have to broaden our pool from which we select our leaders.”
Basically, Carson had to endorse someone, and he wasn’t going to pick a very distant third John Kasich or the guy who tried to sabotage him in Iowa, Ted Cruz. So Donald Trump is “probably” the best person for the job.
Ben Carson’s comments were nearly as sad as Lindsey Graham’s embarrassingly bad “endorsement” of Cruz a couple of weeks back.
“Are you in the process of blowing your campaign for president?” Wallace asked before pointing out that he managed to somehow offend both the pro-life and pro-choice movement.
Donald Trump then went on to stumble his way through the answer, blaming his response on the fact that the question was “hypothetical.” As if that excuses what he initially said.
“It was asked hypothetically,” Trump stated. “I said the woman because it was asked hypothetically. I also corrected it, and I made it very much so that I think everybody, it’s acceptable now to everybody.”
Yeah, only after the story exploded did he change his answer. Though I like how he said “I corrected it” and now “it’s acceptable to everybody.” To put it in another way, he thought his initial answer would be acceptable to Republican voters, along the lines of his “Muslim ban.” It backfired horribly, so he quickly adjusted his answer hoping to minimize the damage until he found a response that appeased enough people.
He also later went on to whine to reporters about John Kasich still being in the race, claiming the Ohio governor is “taking” his votes.
Again, I don’t see any of this risking Donald Trump falling so far that he loses the nomination outright. It’s still very likely that he wins in places like New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – three huge states. But this downward trend for his campaign – at this time – is really bad for all involved.
Not only is your leading candidate faltering, but the guy right behind him is just as bad… if not worse. Then to top it all off, it seems the GOP is heading full-steam toward a brokered convention with a weakened frontrunner, a despised second place candidate and will ultimately have to decide if potentially hitting the “self-destruction” button on their party is worth it at the convention this July.
There’s really no other way to say it, it’s a really bad time to be a Republican right now.
Watch Priebus’s comments below via NBC News:
Watch Donald Trump’s comments below via Fox News:
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