In history books many years from now, the past week will be mentioned as the moment Donald Trump’s campaign began to unravel. His remarks about the Gold Star family of fallen soldier Humayun Khan is surely the final insult that sealed his fate.
In a poll released by Morning Consult, voters were asked to rate their likelihood of voting or not voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race after his week-long tirade against Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim parents of a Muslim soldier who died protecting his fellow troops.
A full one-third of voters who may have considered voting for Donald Trump say they are now less likely to do so. Even ignoring the percentage of Democrats who answered the same way, since those are voters who were not as likely to feel compelled to vote for Trump, nearly one-third of Independents have had enough of him as well.
That’s going to hurt him, and possibly destroy any chance he has of winning this election, in November.
Political analysts agree that Donald Trump must target Independent voters if he expects to win. As recently as last month, some polls actually showed Trump’s numbers surging among Independents. That surge seems to have ended after Trump’s attack on the Khan family.
The remarks hurt him and his campaign in many ways. Three prominent Republicans declared their support of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump just yesterday. Newt Gingrich, a former endorser of Trump and supporter of his xenophobic rhetoric, scolded Trump today for his “very self-destructive behavior.”
Some of his campaign staff is jumping ship and talking to the press about the timebomb that has become the Trump campaign, and his spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, has clearly lost her mind as she tries to lay the blame for the death of Humayun Khan on President Obama. Khan was killed months before Obama even began his term in the US Senate, much less as president.
In an unprecedented move yesterday, President Obama also spoke out against Donald Trump’s remarks, calling him “unfit.” It was not a good day for the GOP nominee, and it may signal the end of Trump’s plans to hold the highest office in the land.
Relive Trump’s despicable remarks about the Khan family below and ask yourself, is this the end of Donald Trump’s campaign?
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