In the two and a half weeks since the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump has managed to set fire to his campaign and destroy any chance of him winning the general election in November. As the chances of Donald Trump becoming the Commander in Chief go up in flames, he seems to have had a moment of clarity and is now reconsidering his ways. While the race for the presidency melts down to the bare minimum, Trump recognizes his chances are plummeting and wants to turn over a new leaf.
The pompous GOP candidate was featured on an interesting cover of TIME once again this week. The cover represents Donald Trump’s resilient exterior melting as his gargantuan mouth continues to place him in the hot seat to respond to all the controversial statements he’s made about influential leaders — including Republican officials, Gold Star parents, and many more. His tough bravado diminishes as the criticism he’s being dealt cuts through his paper-thin skin and hits home. In the interview with TIME, Trump shares how conflicted he is over whether to listen to advisers telling him to act more subdued and presidential, or his supporters and his own gut telling him to be even more bombastic in the 89 days ahead.
In an interview with TIME on Aug. 9, Donald Trump sounded torn between conflicting of advice, unsure of how much to hold back or how much to let loose.
‘I am now listening to people that are telling me to be easier, nicer, be softer. And you know, that’s OK, and I’m doing that, but personally, I don’t know if that’s what the country wants.’
Almost every day, Trump receives a call from Republican Party boss Reince Priebus, urging Trump to apologize and squash a feud or clarify an abrasive statement. Last week, Priebus delivered a message to Trump saying that internal GOP polling suggested Trump was on the road to losing the election and if he doesn’t change course, the Republican National Committee may be forced to refocus its efforts on down-ballot candidates.
Since the convention in Cleveland, Trump has done almost nothing except destroy his campaign and terrorize his supporters. Trump has picked fights with Gold Star parents mourning the death of their son killed in Iraq, ridiculed senior Republican officials, invited Russian spies to meddle in U.S. democracy, and appeared to encourage gun enthusiasts to prematurely remove a U.S. President from office. In the span of just two weeks, he’s managed to wreak so much havoc that he now trails Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by an average of eight points in recent nationwide polls.
Trump has overcome towering obstacles before. But with less than 90 days left before the general election, every moment is pivotal for Trump. He can’t afford any more mistakes. More than three weeks after Trump accepted the Republican nomination, he continues to shows his a** and makes even bigger a**es out of the Republican Party for assuming a former reality TV star meets the requirements to run for the oval office.
On July 27, in a striking breach of protocol, Donald Trump urged Russia to hack Clinton’s emails.
‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.’
The very next night, a Virginia lawyer named Khizr Khan stepped to the microphone to speak at the DNC in Philadelphia. The Pakistani immigrant who became an American citizen spoke of the loss his son, Humayun, a U.S. Army captain killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. Khizr Khan disparaged Donald for the Anti-Muslim comments he has made, rightfully stating that the silver-spoon-fed Donald Trump never had to make any sacrifices. “If it was up to Donald Trump,” he thundered, his son “never would have been in America.” Brandishing a pocket-size copy of the Constitution, he addressed Trump directly: “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Trump responded with a comment stating Khizr Khan’s wife, Ghazala, who had stood silently alongside her husband, might be barred from speaking because of her religion.
If that’s not bad enough, on Aug. 9 in North Carolina, he went even further. In an aside, he said the only remedy to a more liberal Supreme Court under a President Clinton would be Second Amendment supporters. “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said, before shifting his tone. “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Video of Donald’s statement towards Hillary.
Critics pounced, saying those words could spur a fanatic to endanger Clinton’s life. Trump responded by arguing that he was simply encouraging activists to exercise their political power at the polls and blamed the press for misinterpreting his words. Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected Republican in the House of Representatives, said it sounded like “a joke gone horribly wrong.”
Since Donald Trump’s never-ending fiascos, more and more Republicans are declining their support and realizing his lack of self-control prohibits him from making any progress to win the general election. Fifty Republicans with deep experience in national security signed a letter opposing him. A steady stream of Republican operatives and members of Congress, including Senator Susan Collins of Maine, announced that they could not vote for Trump.
Veteran Republican consultant, Scott Reed stated:
‘This was a terrible week, and it kept going from bad to worse.’
The debates coming in the fall will give Trump a chance to redeem his public persona and turn a new leaf. Many Republicans are reluctant about Trump changing his ways and doubt there is any possibility of him winning the election. “It’s hard to say that I have given up,” a party official says, “but I have yet to see evidence of anything else.” Although Trump has received a lot of backlash from practically everyone, he still claims to be optimistic and is confident or extremely in denial about his campaign success.
In an buoyant tone, Donald shares with TIME that even though it may not seem like it, his campaign is doing better than before.
‘I actually think we’re doing better. I may be wrong, but I think we’re doing much better than anybody can understand.’
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