From his top advisor getting “fired”, his fellow Republican nominees bashing him, upsetting Fox News with his rebuttal, and doing a good job at offending most of the Latino community as well as women across the nation, Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be hindering in the polls. Trump was quoted on CNN’s “New Day” earlier today saying, “I do whine because I want to win and I’m not happy about not winning and I am a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win.”
He has regrouped since his feud with Fox’s Megyn Kelly, over treating him “unfairly” when asking him questions. Kelly has stated that she would not be apologizing to Trump, and apparently the feeling was mutual on his behalf. Trump came on Fox News for an interview stating, “We’ve always been friends,” after Fox’s Steve Doocy implied the networks relationship with Trump was friendly again.
Trump’s campaign has recently let go of his notorious spokesman Roger Stone. With Stone’s track record, it was clear he was doing more harm than good over at the Trump camp. The South Florida resident has a past history of calling women obscene names, and has gone as far as to tweeting verbal attacks on a political consultant’s daughter, a New York Times editor, and a Hollywood actress. Stone was formerly an aide for President Richard Nixon, and has since earned the reputation as “The Dirty Trickster.”
While at a town hall meeting on Monday, Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton began speaking against the Republican candidates, stating that they are all bad as far as their stance on women’s issues. She said Trump’s comments were “outrageous”, but that Marco Rubio’s answer against abortion in the case of rape or incest was a sign of where the Republican Party’s stance was today. She further added that Trump is “having the time of his life” and her attendance to his wedding was for “entertainment.”
With light statements like that, it seems Mrs. Clinton sees Trump as harmless against her. Yet the polls indicate a drop in her favor, and a rise in Trump’s. There’s also Vice President Joe Biden’s consideration in running up against Clinton in the presidential race, allowing for the tables to turn any way.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Senator Don Gaetz, a Jeb Bush supporter, believes that Trump is being undermined in how he reaches the voters. “There are some folks in northwest Florida who are so angry at whatever they consider to be the establishment that they are excusing Donald Trump simply because his outrageousness gives voice to their extraordinary frustration with the establishment.” Gaetz further added, “This is early in the campaign. Take us six months in. What else is he capable of saying and doing?”
Looking at the Trump situation from a bigger perspective, could the Republican Party as a whole be sabotaging their chances at a favorable Presidential nominee by alienating one of their own candidates? Will Mr. Trump take his loyal followers along with him if he runs as an Independent?
Is this giving major leverage to Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton, or will her past ties with Trump only make him stronger in the long run? It seems the games in this race have already begun, and the answers to these questions might end up being the most surprising ones of all.