This is why I should stay out of politics. After a fairly good Republican convention, and the chaos from the Democratic convention, Donald Trump was in great shape. All he had to do was stay on message. Just stay focused. Instead, he had a bad week. He was down in the polls. Maybe the press was showing signs of bias, as they were attacking him non-stop. Maybe the polls were a bit slanted, as certain demographics were being favored more than others. Benefit of the doubt wanes after another blunder from Trump.
At a rally in North Carolina today, Trump said this about the second amendment and supreme court judges…
Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the second amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although, the second amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day if Hillary gets to put her judges.
Instantly, the Internet erupted. Trump’s words were interpreted as a threat on Hillary Clinton. A search on Twitter for #TrumpThreat showed lots of comments. For a week when Trump’s campaign was supposed to get back on track, the Trump Train got derailed again.
Trump campaign responded with the following statement…
It’s called the power of unification – 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
– Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor
Trump, this is not the way to win. Even if you didn’t mean your comments in a negative way, knock it off. If you want to be the President of the United States of America, there’s no more of this learning on the job crap. Clean up your act. Stay on message. Sure, it’s great to speak your mind, but political correctness exists for a reason. It’s so you don’t give fuel to your rivals.
Some might argue that Trump is doing what Trump does best — staying in the media spotlight. That was a great strategy for the primaries, as it drained the energy from the competition. But now, a reverse strategy is needed to win. The more America sees of Hillary, the lower she polls. The Trump campaign should focus on her failures, her weaknesses. Every time Trump stumbles with a poor choice of words, it provides cover for Hillary.
I don’t like the idea of Hillary as president. One only needs to look at the top three New York Times nonfiction books to see the unpopularity. (Combined Print & E-Book – #1 Crisis of Character, #2 Hillary’s America and #3 Armageddon.) Yet, I’m tired of seeing Trump stumble. America has high values — truth, justice and liberty for all. While I don’t like Hillary for president, she should not be threatened. Trump’s comments crossed a dark line. Even if he didn’t mean it, he’s asking to lead the nation. That means he has to be exceptional. It means he has to have the foresight to avoid trouble.
With about three months left in this election, I’m really getting tired of this. It’s been a rough eight years. It doesn’t feel like the recession ended. Many people across the nation feel the same way. Hillary essentially represents a third-term of Obama — perhaps worse. This should be an easy election for a Republican to win. Instead, rookie mistakes and unprofessionalism are dragging out the victory.