There are a lot of days during a long presidential campaign where someone could say that day was an absolute disaster for a particular candidate. No matter how flawlessly a campaign is run, it’s inevitable that they’re going to hit a few rough patches now and again.
Well, for Donald Trump, there have been many of those days. Though when you have a candidate who’s as big of a cartoonish imbecile as Donald J. Trump is, it’s a testament to the ignorance of his supporters that he’s still as popular as he is. At this point, I think Trump was spot-on when he called those backing him mindless sheep who would support him no matter what.
However, of all the bad days the GOP presidential candidate has experienced during his campaign (especially over the last few weeks), Wednesday might have been the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.
Here are a few of the bigger stories to come out of yesterday.
Right off the bat, top Trump surrogate Katrina Pierson had to admit that she had no idea what she was talking about when she blamed President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the death of Captain Humayun Khan. Nothing like one of the “faces” of your campaign blaming two people for the death of a solider that occurred before George W. Bush had even completely his first term as president.
Then a story broke about congressional Democrats sending a letter to, of all people, Sen. Ted Cruz asking him to open an investigation into Trump’s comments where he encouraged the Russian government to commit espionage against a U.S. presidential candidate. You know things have gotten wacky when Democrats are asking Ted Cruz to do something.
While it wasn’t as “big” of a story as some of the others, The New York Times did publish a compilation video that had been put together over months of following Trump’s campaign where many of his supporters were frequently caught shouting all sorts of racist, homophobic, bigoted and sexist slurs. It wasn’t particularly surprising, but the behavior of many of those who back him is quite nauseating.
To paint a good picture of just how ridiculous Trump’s campaign has become, one of his most vocal supporters, Newt Gingrich, even said that the GOP’s presidential candidate has been very “self-destructive.” That’s saying something considering Gingrich has been one of the few people who’s praised Trump even at some of his lowest moments.
Then perhaps the most alarming story of the day came via MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough who claimed that a few months ago, a foreign policy expert said Donald Trump asked why we don’t just use nuclear weapons three times within an hour during a briefing on national security issues. Just let that sink in for a moment. A person who stands a legitimate chance a becoming our next president doesn’t understand why we don’t just use nuclear weapons.
I can’t forget about the Fox News poll — yes, Fox News — that showed Hillary Clinton up 10 points over Trump. If a Republican candidate is trailing by 10 points in a Fox News poll, that’s pretty bad.
However, perhaps the most worst news for the Trump campaign came amidst reports that RNC chairman Reince Priebus has become “apoplectic” and there are some within the party who are (once again) looking at third-party options to undercut the GOP’s presidential candidate this November. It’s definitely not a good sign when, just after your party’s convention, the chairman of the RNC is infuriated with the candidate and reports are again resurfacing of some Republicans trying to stage a bit of a “revolt” to derail your candidacy.
It’s difficult to assert that any “one” day marked the end of a campaign (or the true beginning of its downfall), but if Donald Trump loses this November, a random Wednesday in August might have been the real beginning of the end of his campaign.
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