It is being reported from within the campaign that Trump’s own staff is suicidal as the Republican nominee is listening to no one but himself as he drives his presidential campaign into the ground.
John Harwood of CNBC reported:
I exchanged messages Tuesday evening with a longtime ally of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, whom I asked about who was calling the shots in the campaign. The response indicated that Manafort, a veteran of Republican politics brought in this spring for the transition from primaries to the general election, has lost control over his candidate.
“Manafort not challenging (Trump) anymore,” Manafort’s ally wrote. “Mailing it in. Staff suicidal.”
The Trump campaign responded to Harwood by claiming that everything is fine and that the reporter is a liberal.
Everything is most definitely not fine. The evidence that Donald Trump is self-destructing was all over the news for anyone with a pair of eyes to see. After Trump had continued to attack the family of a fallen military hero for days, it was clear that there is no one in the campaign who could stop him.
Trump’s insistence on trying to pay back Paul Ryan and John McCain for criticizing him were omens that the nominee is more focused on petty grudges than winning the election.
The truth is that Donald Trump has been out of control for the duration of his presidential campaign. His behavior is nothing new. What saved Trump in the past was the Republican primary calendar. Trump would say something horrid, but the focus of the media would shift to the next primary or caucus, and Trump would be off the hook.
In the general election, Trump’s behavior is the focus, and there is nothing out there to save Republicans from their terrible nominee. Conservative media is trying to distract from Trump with the allegation that Obama sent Iran $400 million in exchange for hostages, but it won’t work.
Trump’s staff is suicidal with good reason. Their boss is losing and destroying everything in his path, and it seems that there is no one who can save Donald Trump from himself.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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