If Hillary Clinton’s numbers are up in key swing states, what the heck was Donald Trump doing in Everett, Washington, on Tuesday? Shouldn’t he head out for Ohio or Florida instead?
Top Republicans are seething, but Democrats are enjoying a good laugh.
This was 2012 Election Map of the Presidential Race. Obama Did Win Texas in 2012. Similar Poll from Last Year! pic.twitter.com/ThkFG9sp1D
— The Resistance Party (@ResistanceParty) July 2, 2016
Meanwhile, data whiz Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight gives Donald Trump a scant 3.9 percent chance of winning the Evergreen state.
— Elisabeth Parker?❄️ (@iamelisabethp) August 31, 2016
If Donald Trump wants to win the election, he needs to focus on the battleground states (yellow in the map below). Unlike Washington state, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio are still up for grabs. The Pence-Trump campaign can also consider light-blue and light-red states with narrow margins like Georgia, Arizona, Iowa, and Missouri.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 30, 2016
So what was Donald Trump doing in Washington state?
Many cannot fathom why the alleged tycoon held that rally in Washington state. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias pronounced Donald Trump’s schedule “odd.”
Amazed Twitizens also wondered why Donald Trump would even bother.
— JimHegs™ (@JimHegs) August 31, 2016
— Let’s do this Dems! 2020 (@renny5660) August 30, 2016
Perhaps his boundless ego has something to do with it.
'The only place I'm less popular than Washington state is Mexico. I'm going there tomorrow.' – Glorious Leader Trump #TrumpWA
— Thomas Reich (@gollum1419_g) August 31, 2016
The GOP candidate may be delusional as well.
— Steve McCarron KOMO (@SteveTVNews) August 31, 2016
In any case, many folks find Donald Trump’s appearance in Everett hilarious.
I Love it! I have No Idea why he's in Washington and I guess Trump doesn't either! He won't go to Detroit! https://t.co/3zumimmw7s
— Ron L Pitts™ (@RonLPitts) August 30, 2016
— W. M. (@Minuteman04) August 30, 2016
— Maria ✞ (@vondrachek) August 31, 2016
— Big Wave Dave (@MorelandPrint) August 31, 2016
Donald Trump’s campaign went to great lengths to make it look like he had a huge turnout. Perhaps they hoped to make him look like less of a fool. One video from around 2 p.m. showed the line winding around an entire block.
— Peter Mongillo (@PeterMonPhotog) August 30, 2016
And another tweet from 7:19 p.m. — as the rally began — claims the line backed up for several blocks.
— elisa hahn (@ElisaTHahn) August 31, 2016
But some sharp-eyed folks noticed that the long lines belied the many empty chairs. The Xfinity Arena has 10,000 seats. So if it’s really half empty, that means only around 5,000 showed up. That’s a decent crowd but nothing compared to the 30,000 orso who turned out for that Bernie Sanders rally back in March.
Arena only half full. Supporters made to wait excessive long times outside to give illusion of long lines. #TrumpWA
— Juan ?? ? (@jrivera64) August 31, 2016
They are imploring ppl to move so cameras don't catch all the empty seats. Bet: All local media will report that the room is full. #TrumpWA
— Sean Nelson (@seantroversy) August 31, 2016
And although Washington State’s Donald Trump fans turned out in force, so did the anti-Trump protesters.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 31, 2016
— Ana Sofia Knauf (@asknauf) August 30, 2016
Donald Trump’s Washington event isn’t the only bizarre thing on his schedule.
Meanwhile, the GOP can’t get over the Donald’s bizarre schedule. RealClearPolitics reports Everett, Washington isn’t the only detour he’s taken to visit places that give him no political boost whatsoever.
‘[Donald Trump’s] schedule has again raised eyebrows this week, with a rally Tuesday in Austin, Texas, and another Wednesday in Mississippi. Both states have favored Republicans consistently for decades and are expected to land in Trump’s column.’
Campaign spokesman Jason Miller lamely explained:
‘In Texas we wanted to highlight border security to a larger audience, and in Mississippi we wanted to present Mr. Trump’s message to the state and nationally, which is a sharp contrast to the napping, vacation style that Hillary Clinton is bringing to the campaign trail.’
The campaign also insists some rallies were tied to fundraising events, and claims events in Trump-friendly states create a sense of excitement. Ex-Rep. Jack Kingston, a Trump adviser even told reporters:
‘Having a backdrop in a friendly state is sometimes a good thing as a candidate. Whether he’s in Texas or Virginia, he’s still talking to the entire nation.’
But Matt Mackowiak, a GOP strategist from Austin, declared these non-essential rallies are a waste of time.
‘What he’s not realizing is, there’s a cost to everything you do. Every additional rally gives you a chance to create a controversy or make a mistake. I can probably think of eight or 10 things that would be a better use of his time. Debate prep, policy briefings, meetings with staff. Literally, taking a nap would be a better use of his time.’
Wait until top Republicans hear about Donald Trump jaunt to meet with the president of Mexico.
I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, of Mexico, and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2016
— Matt Hoiland (@doiland) August 31, 2016
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