While Donald Trump’s rise in the race for the Republican presidential nomination has been filled with ridiculous moments and outrageous comments, trust me when I say his eventual downfall is going to be even more absurd. And I do believe that following his rather shaky performance in the second GOP presidential debate, we are now witnessing the start of Trump’s decline.
He just doesn’t seem himself, and he hasn’t seemed himself since Carly Fiorina’s devastating takedown at the second debate in response to his comment about her looks. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s trying to tone it down hoping to seem less abrasive, or the whole process is beginning to wear on him, but he just doesn’t seem to be as “in charge” as he once did. While he’s still every bit as brash as he’s been since the beginning, his shtick seems more desperate rather than confidently arrogant.
A few days ago he had what was tantamount to a meltdown following Fox News canceling an interview they were supposed to have with him, declaring that he was “boycotting” America’s most watched conservative entertainment channel. Because that’s really mature and presidential.
Then yesterday after an AP photographer published a photo showing quite a few empty chairs at an event in South Carolina where Trump was speaking, he absolutely lost it, calling him a “f*cking thief.”
“Tell them they’re a fraud, whoever took it. I just got killed on that thing, and it was just really unfair. It’s goddamn unfair,” Trump told The Daily Mail.
“I was speaking from the podium. Everybody was wrapped around the podium. If they hadn’t done that, there wouldn’t have been an empty seat,” he continued. “I’ve never made a speech where there were so many people wrapped around the podium in the front. That’s what happened.”
Okay, to be fair, there is another photo taken near the stage showing people standing during his speech, but it’s not nearly enough people to fill the number of empty seats shown in the AP photograph.
Now, are these empty seats really a big deal? No. In fact, had Trump not gone ballistic over the publication of this photograph, chances are most people would have never heard about this to begin with. For me, it’s not the empty seats that are the story here – it’s Trump’s ridiculous reaction to the photograph. While he’s not exactly the most subtle person, his reaction to this was ludicrous.
Confident people don’t behave in such a way. His overreaction to this photo tells me he’s well aware that his support the last week or so has been in decline. That’s why he’s clearly insecure about a photo making its way around the Internet showing that he’s not pulling in the sort of crowds he was just a week or two ago. The last thing he wants is for both his poll numbers and his public image to look weak.
Either way, the GOP shouldn’t be celebrating quite yet. The RNC clearly doesn’t want Trump to be the face of the party, but we all know he’s not going to go away quietly. If they thought he was a pain in the butt as their party’s frontrunner, just wait until he falls out of the top spot.
If they thought the Trump campaign was volatile before, just wait until he has nothing to lose.