Op/Ed: Another Bad Week for Trump
Things are going downhill for Donald Trump. Being a textbook narcissist, though, he doesn’t seem too worried about it.
Friday, one of his campaign aides named Kevin Kellems submitted his resignation just a few weeks after being hired. He wrote, “While brief, it has been an interesting experience.”
Rumors abound that Trump can’t find any support when it comes to filling in slots at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Trump has claimed he’ll release a list of speakers come next week. He tweeted, “The speakers slots at the Republican Convention are totally filled, with a long waiting list of those that want to speak – Wednesday release.”
Trump released a list of speakers in the past, including former professional athletes, many of whom said they were never even contacted about giving speeches. “I’m thinking of getting some great sports people I know, who like me a lot,” Trump said. Turning to athletes could appeal to the general public, but it could also be because Trump simply can’t recruit enough legitimate politicians.
His plans for how to run the convention are just as wavering as his political views. He’s said he’s going to tone down his own appearances: “What they’ve asked me to do is speak all three nights. I turned it down.” At the same time, he claimed that was what everyone wanted and it would “get high ratings.”
He wants to juice things up, but not too much. “There’s a lot of sameness in conventions. At the same time, you don’t necessarily want to reinvent the wheel. You don’t want to make it so different that it’s no longer a convention.”
Donald Trump could be toning down the convention because he wants to improve his image as a “presidential” candidate. He’s probably toning it down, though, because he can’t find speakers or attendees. He’s turned to the people who can’t say no – his family. They’re “all going to be speaking,” he announced Friday, including his wife.
Plenty of celebrities and leading Republicans have spoken out against Trump, so much so a counter-movement has been discussed by more than one group. Many Republicans want to be able to vote with their consciences and reject Trump as the nominee, despite Paul Ryan’s attempts at unification. There are even delegates who have totally resigned. As delegate Josh Claybourn wrote, “I could not in good conscience attend a coronation and celebration of Donald Trump.”
Numerous rivals like Jeb Bush and John Kasich have decided not to attend. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said “I can watch it on TV.” At this point, at least nine Republican governors have said they will not attend or are not committed to attending yet. The past two GOP nominees, Romney and McCain, have both announced that they will not attend.
Narcissist Trump just doesn’t care, though. “We have to have our Republicans either stick together or let me just do it by myself. I’ll do very well,” he said at an Atlanta rally.
Republican fundraising has dropped dramatically with Trump’s campaign.
While Trump continues to speak highly of himself, his campaign is crumbling around him. Nearly 6 in 10 registered voters have a negative view of both Clinton and Trump, though. Even if Trump is massively unqualified as a politician, he appeals to Americans sick of the political establishment and low on trust. Still, the gap seems to be widening when it comes to electability. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll places Trump with 39 percent of votes to Clinton’s 51. Why? Two in three Americans believe Trump’s comments on women, minorities, and Muslims are biased and his attack on Judge Curiel was racist. Over half of voters believe Trump stands against their beliefs, doesn’t have the credentials to be president, and is wholly unqualified.
Hillary Clinton’s lead has grown greatly. Just weeks ago, her lead on Trump was so small marginal errors made it look like it could be anyone’s race. At this point, Hillary’s looking good.
It may be that Donald Trump’s narcissism will finally catch up with him. If he remains delusional to just how great he is, he’s going to lose to Hillary Clinton.