Donald Trump is not having a good week. Trump managed to cast himself as both unpatriotic and treasonous within the space of a few days. First, Trump invited Russia to commit cyber espionage against the U.S. in order to influence the upcoming presidential election in Trump’s favor, which many have called possibly treasonous or at least a violation of the Logan Act. Then Trump attacked the Gold Star family of Captain Humayun Khan, a U.S. soldier of Muslim faith who was killed in Iraq in 2004 while protecting his troops. Not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton‘s lead against Donald Trump is now growing.
Even plenty of Republicans are turning against Trump. On the Khan imbroglio, Trump attacked not only Capt. Khan’s father who spoke at the Democratic National Convention, but also Khan’s mother Ghazala who did not speak at the convention. In reply, U.S. Senator John McCain, one of America’s most famous prisoners of war who is widely respected for his military service, said of Khan’s parents:
you are certainly right; your son was the best of America, and the memory of his sacrifice will make us a better nation — and he will never be forgotten.
My advice to Donald Trump has been and will continue to be to focus on jobs and national security and stop responding to every criticism whether it’s from a grieving family or Hillary Clinton.
Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.
is not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.
If this weren’t enough, Trump is also playing chicken about debating Hillary Clinton this fall. Starting last Friday, Trump began using a phony excuse about NFL football games conflicting with the debates, and saying that Clinton is behind such scheduling. In fact, however, the dates were set long ago by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. Indeed, when Trump said he received a letter from the NFL calling the debate schedule “ridiculous,” the NFL’s spokesman said that the NFL sent no such letter.
The fallout from Trump’s statements and actions, as well as the Republicans’ doom and gloom convention two weeks ago versus the Democrats’ patriotic, optimistic convention last week, has been swift: Trump’s initial modest convention bounce has been erased, while Clinton has earned a significant convention bounce and a solid lead in the polls. Likewise, a new Gallup poll finds that voters say they are less likely to vote for Donald Trump after the Republican convention.
For months, people have joked that maybe Donald Trump ran for president in order to help Hillary Clinton’s chances. Now some may start wondering whether that wasn’t a joke at all.
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