Considering how many controversies we’ve had during Donald Trump’s campaign, I know it seems like a bit of a stretch to say one day was possibly the worst of them all — but Tuesday was probably that day.
In no particular order, let’s run down a few of the bad things that happened for Trump on Tuesday.
A few days ago it was reported that one-time “#NeverTrump” Senator Lindsey Graham was working behind the scenes to get Republicans to get in line and support Trump. This wasn’t really surprising considering I think most assumed many of these anti-Trump Republicans would eventually tuck their tail between their legs and show what spineless cowards they are.
However, it was then reported that following Trump’s whining about the American judge he called a “Mexican,” Graham is now working against Trump and trying to encourage Republicans to “un-endorse” him. While I wouldn’t call Graham a significant influence within the party, his 180 turn following his other 180 turn shows that there are still a lot of Republicans who aren’t really thrilled with Trump being their party’s candidate.
Then white supremacist and former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke publicly defended Trump against the media and the “jews” who he claims are going after the real estate billionaire over “Trump U” in an effort to slander the presumptive Republican nominee. Trump can’t help who defends him, but it’s never good when someone like David Duke is speaking out on your behalf.
Perhaps the “funniest” thing that happened on Tuesday was the first member of Congress Donald Trump endorsed, North Carolina congresswoman Renee Ellmers, lost her primary bid and became the first incumbent to lose this election cycle — ouch.
In Iowa, a Republican state senator became the first person to leave the party in protest of Donald Trump’s nomination, comparing his ascension to GOP prominence to that of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany.
Then there was Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) who had endorsed Trump, but became the first Republican running for re-election to retract his support for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee saying, “I cannot and will not support my party’s nominee for president. After much consideration, I have concluded that Donald Trump has not demonstrated the temperament necessary to assume the greatest office in the world.”
But without a doubt the most damning story of the day came Tuesday morning when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan literally called Trump’s comments about the judge “racist,” in a growing list of public statements Ryan has had to make to address some sort of nonsense emanating from Trump’s campaign.
Mind you, all of this happened in just one day.
And this all comes on the heels of one of the worst weeks of his campaign, one where Trump remained defiant concerning his racist comments about U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
Then on top of all of that, there now seems to be some talk floating around that some within the GOP are, once again, pushing for something to happen at the convention to prevent Trump from becoming the nominee. While still possible, if that were to happen, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that convention — because all hell would break loose.
None of this is good for Trump’s campaign.
Right after he became the presumptive nominee, there seemed to be a coalescing around him by even some of his biggest detractors. For around two or three weeks a lot of the animosity that had existed seemed to be fading away some. Now, it seems as bad as it’s ever been.
Though I can’t help but laugh at Republicans who are acting as if they’re “offended” by Trump’s racist comments about this judge considering this is someone who began his march to the GOP nomination by calling most Mexican immigrants rapists, and has made vilifying Mexicans (and all minorities, actually) a foundation of his entire campaign.
So, while Tuesday was possibly one of the worst days for the Donald Trump campaign, I’m expecting things to get much worse going forward.