Reality TV producers in the middle of filming Trump: Cultural Learnings of America for Make America Great Again will look back on the first week of April 2016 as the starting point of the Trump campaign’s inevitable implosion. To recap: Trump refused to fire his campaign manager after he was charged with battery; he backed away from a pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee; he wouldn’t rule out using nuclear weapons on Europe; he repeatedly showed that he has no idea how NATO, the UN or the US Supreme Court functions; and he said there should be some form of punishment for women who seek an abortion, if it were illegal. The front runner’s superhuman abilities to repel attacks or outrun negative criticism appear to be weakening if the latest polls are anything to go by. In fact, he looks more likely than ever to get the Republican nomination…NOT!!!
Trump’s initial abortion comments and subsequent confused backtracking appear to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, setting off a judgement firestorm on both sides of politics that would rival a biblical apocalypse. In any year this polarizing issue would spark some sort of controversy, but for those of you who are astronauts stranded on Mars, it’s an election year. Pro-choice supporters say that women already face harassment, stigma and restrictions and don’t deserve enforced punishment. Pro-life advocates insist that they want what’s best for the mother as well as the baby, and any woman who chooses to have an abortion is a victim, not a criminal. Aside from the fact that no one is absolutely sure where Trump comes down on the choice/life side of the abortion issue, his statement about punishing women comes across as reactionary and ignorant.
Even before this week, Trump was failing to win over the Republican establishment, women and minorities, and even though it seems he doesn’t want or need their support, even he isn’t foolish enough to believe he can win without all of them. And since his momentum has slowed down it’s becoming increasingly obvious that Trump is struggling to build his support base beyond angry, disenfranchised white men. But as long as he is willing to say anything in order to get the nomination, he will continue to be known as a reality TV candidate instead of a candidate in touch with reality.
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