Donald Trump is facing the bitter, crushing end of his presidential campaign under a likely huge Clinton victory come Election Day in just under two weeks time.
In characteristic Trump-ian fashion, the businessman turned presidential candidate- and alleged sexual offender- doesn’t give a sh*t, and his campaign is going down disgracefully at best, according to anonymous- and named- sources from within the campaign.
The first source cited in what turns out to be a startlingly explosive piece by New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman on the Trump campaign’s demise is none other than Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway herself, the woman who has become the center of public scrutiny for a presidential campaign marked by Donald Trump’s endless disturbing behavior.
Conway reportedly told Sherman of a startling confrontation between her and her boss, one where Trump showed just how much he actually cares about those who have flocked to his campaign in some sort of demented hope for bettering their future.
Conway related, “I got really mad at him the other day. He said, ‘I think we’ll win, and if not, that’s okay too. And I said, ‘It’s not okay! You can’t say that! Your dry-cleaning bill is like the annual salaries of the people who came to your rallies, and they believe in you!’ ”
Other snippets of life inside the Trump campaign are certainly mind boggling, to say the least.
As Sherman wrote, “Perhaps the most surprising thing to ponder at this late stage in the election is just how close the race could have been had he taken nearly any of the advice offered to him by advisers. ‘This thing was doable if we did it the right way,’ one adviser told me.”
And it just doesn’t end. Sherman reported on snippets of Trump campaign life from the time when Paul Manafort was the campaign’s manager, and it’s hardly any better than life under Conway.
Manafort infamously came into the Trump campaign with guns blazing and aimed right at Trump’s public persona, making grandiose pronouncements that the presidential candidate would become more “presidential” and shed some of his most disturbing character traits.
Manafort apparently counseled Trump to work to be as nonabrasive as possible, staying out of the public spotlight so that attention could be focused on Clinton’s supposed corruption.
That didn’t happen.
One anonymous source told Sherman:
‘[Trump’s] ego couldn’t handle it… The worst part about Trump is when he was ahead. He’d get into the lead and then he would veer off and start defending his interests and his honor and it had nothing to do with what people actually care about. He’s not disciplined.’
One unnamed source’s final summation of life inside Trump Tower is perhaps the most dramatic, telling Sherman, “Think of the bunker right before Hitler killed himself. Donald’s in denial. They’re all in denial.”
And now, Trump sits at a just less than one in five chance of winning the presidency were the election to be held today according to FiveThirtyEight, a position only slightly better than his longstanding one in ten chance at the presidency.
Presidential candidates don’t win with those kinds of numbers.
Hillary Clinton is 4.6 percent ahead of Donald Trump in the Real Clear Politics national polling average- a figure above every margin of error found in the polls making up the average.
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