My prediction that Trump’s Presidential campaign bid will implode now seems inevitable as he sank in the polls amid chaos in his camp. Trump is in his umpteenth act of a tragic comedy of errors which would have sunk any other candidate. My prediction is a bit off, as I suggested it would have ended last year, however, I underestimated the segment of the electorate that is still racist, xenophobic, isolationist and prefer the pre-civil rights era; as Obama so prophetically stated in 2008, ‘…they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion, or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations’. These constituents believe Trump is the great White hope and going all in with a ‘bad hand’ in an effort to take America back to the 40s or 50s. But anyone who claims to be always a winner, is either a liar or never played poker.
Conspiracy theorists speculate that Bill Clinton orchestrated the Trump candidacy to bring down the GOP. There is a modicum of truth in any conspiracy theory and in this one, there is plenty of bad blood between the Clintons and the GOP. But this would be a stroke of such Machiavellian shrewdness to pull off such a coup to get back into the White House, where he had so much fun, now with a wife as the Commander-in-Chief, and he as the Intern-in-Chief, is genius.
Trump seems to be cooperating with the program by insulting a ‘Gold Star’ family member, expelling a child from one of his campaign rallies; refusing to endorse Paul Ryan or John McCain and his bromance with Vladimir Putin, an enemy of the United States and to the great consternation of the international community is quite astounding. Trump has praised Putin as a forceful leader and not the dictator that he truly is. Putin, no doubt, would prefer an incompetent in the White House to weaken NATO as Trump vow to do if he is President, to leave Russia to its own devices. Putin sees Trump as weak and ignorant on such political machinations and ripe for his manipulation.
Trump’s propensity to lie in bed with strange and unsavory bedfellows is his standard customary code of conduct, while pretending to conveniently disavow any knowledge of their beliefs. In the case of David Duke, a white nationalist, an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, and former Grand Wizard Ku Klux Khan who is just one of his biggest supporter, and has endorsed him enthusiastically. Trump also defends former Fox News’ Chief Executive, Roger Ailes, who is facing law suits of sexual harassment in the workplace going back 30 years, and who is likely to take over as Trump’s campaign manager. I have not heard whether Bill Cosby will support the Trump campaign. Trump has made incendiary remarks about women in the past, and has also been accused of sexual harassment. Birds of a feather.
The Republican establishment is in somewhat of a bind. The leaders of the GOP have lack the integrity, courage or political will to denounce the eccentric behavior; clownish antics and the insulting comments of Mr Trump, and will not garner his support in their reelection bids, however, they will vote for him anyway because their hate for Hilary Clinton is so passionate, even at the risk of losing the White House and destroying their Party.
Trump is preparing for the impending defeat by claiming the elections in November will be rigged just to brace for his fall that all the king’s men will not be able to put him back together again.