Everyone thought Donald Trump would “shape up” once he booted Corey Lewandowski and brought on political veteran Paul Manafort. As soon as Lewandowski left, Manafort became campaign manager, and convinced Trump it was time to start acting “presidential”. Manafort managed to get Trump to use teleprompter for speeches, and to quit acting crazy on Twitter.
That lasted, what…a week?
Now comes word from the New York Times, that the campaign is in free fall because they are unable to get Trump to act like a man who wants to be president. Trump feels that he won the nomination by being himself, and therefore, he can win the presidency the same way.
From The Times:
“Advisers who once hoped a Pygmalion-like transformation would refashion a crudely effective political showman into a plausible American president now increasingly concede that Mr. Trump may be beyond coaching. He has ignored their pleas and counsel as his poll numbers have dropped, boasting to friends about the size of his crowds and maintaining that he can read surveys better than the professionals.”
“In private, Mr. Trump’s mood is often sullen and erratic, his associates say. He veers from barking at members of his staff to grumbling about how he was better off following his own instincts during the primaries and suggesting he should not have heeded their calls for change.”
“But in interviews with more than 20 Republicans who are close to Mr. Trump or in communication with his campaign… they described their nominee as exhausted, frustrated and still bewildered by fine points of the political process and why his incendiary approach seems to be sputtering.”
Nearly two months later, the effort to save Mr. Trump from himself has plainly failed. He has repeatedly signaled to his advisers and allies his willingness to change and adapt, but has grown only more volatile and prone to provocation since then, clashing with a Gold Star family, making comments that have been seen as inciting violence and linking his political opponents to terrorism.
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