By every standard (except for Fox and Friends, Breitbart, and Katrina Pierson), Trump had a very bad week. If you like schadenfreude, it’s been a week of humiliations galore. He assailed…well, just about everyone. Thankfully, this revealed the secret to the election trifecta of beating him in November, and taking control of both houses of Congress.
Trump’s Achilles’ Heel.
Trump can’t let anything go over the proverbial plate without swinging. To push the analogy a little further, he also spits on any umpire who calls a strike. Then he eggs the guy’s house, slashes his tires, pays goons to stalk his kids…you get the idea.
The Harvard Republican Club, which has never before refused to endorse a GOP candidate in its 128-year history, did not mince words when they denounced him this week.
The last week should have made obvious to all what has been obvious to most for more than a year. In response to any slight –perceived or real – Donald Trump lashes out viciously and irresponsibly. In Trump’s eyes, disagreement with his actions or his policies warrants incessant name calling and derision: stupid, lying, fat, ugly, weak, failing, idiot – and that’s just his “fellow” Republicans. He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency.
His amazing rise to populist demagoguery was fueled in large part by his promise to represent the “silent majority.” As a country, we may be angry, disenchanted, frustrated, overworked, and underpaid. But we aren’t a country of bullies. The more Trump is Trump, the more people realize that he represents only the worst we have to offer.
The more he lashes out, the more disproportionate his responses, the more he reveals that lack of basic human decency, the more voters he alienates. Yes, there is a small core group of voters for whom he can do no wrong. They are the trolls calling us ugly names in the comments section of this post. For everyone else, there’s (pardon the puns) the master trump card: keep him swinging.
Trump is at the precipice of driving his campaign into the same self-destructive collapse as The Apprentice and his Atlantic City casinos. We can push him over the edge, and even help him hit the gas pedal, by doing what he hates the most: helping the press make him “look very bad.” If he can’t stop swinging, we shouldn’t stop throwing.
Trump may hold the ticket to Democrats taking back Congress, too.
The New York Times is reporting that “Republican leaders have concluded that Donald J. Trump is a threat to the party’s fortunes and have begun discussing how soon their endangered candidates should explicitly distance themselves from the presidential nominee.” That’s because he may also hold control of the House and Senate in his hands.
If the GOP abandons him, Trump’s base may not show up at the polls out of protest. As long as Democrats turn out, they can win.
On the other hand, if the Party continues to support him, it may drive a down-ticket disaster for other Republican candidates. Take a look at Trump’s huge list of Republican endorsements. The more voters he alienates, the more voters may question other candidates’ fitness for office as well.
Make Trump be Trump.
It’s so easy, a baby can do it. In fact, one already has. Just remember, the more he’s on the attack, the more support he loses.
Featured image from Gage Skidmore.