On Sunday we spent all day packing. Monday was an 11-hour drive to northern Wisconsin. Today we cleaned nearly a year’s worth of mouse shit out of every drawer, pantry closet and shelf. Grendl the cat helped by catching two mice last night.
That’s an explanation of how life interferes with writing. It’s late Tuesday afternoon, so I’ll just say a few things about the strangeness of Donald Trump. He is four months away from the presidential election and nobody knows what he is doing.
It’s obvious by now that it doesn’t matter what he does, he will get the votes from his white base of somewhere between 30% and 40% of Americans.
It’s obvious by now that it doesn’t matter what he does, he will get the votes from his white base of somewhere between 30% and 40% of Americans. So his recent eruptions of racism are inexplicable, further turning off the 10% to 15% of voters in the middle who will make the difference in November.
Re-tweeting a supporter shouting “white power”, then claiming he didn’t hear that comment? Never saying that he doesn’t support people who shout “white power”? Of course, that would be his millionth lie, but not even to try? He retweeted a video of a white couple with guns threatening peaceful black protesters in St.Louis.
Chris Christie, former New Jersey Governor who failed to get any important position in Trump’s White House, said on Sunday, “He is losing, and if he doesn’t change course, both in terms of the substance of what he is discussing and the way that he approaches the American people, then he will lose.”
His closest aides say they can’t understand why he doesn’t seem to be able to control his impulses. He shows no interest in actually governing and has no plans for a second term. When Sean Hannity offered him a softball question about his plans for a second term, Trump could not name one policy he planned to pursue. Hannity asked a second time and got nothing again. Jonathan Bernstein, a Bloomberg opinion columnist, says, “My basic sense is that Trump isn’t nearly concerned enough with winning re-election.”
He desperately wants to hold rallies, but they don’t make his reelection any more likely, especially if the rally is a public relations disaster, as his Tulsa rally was from planning to low attendance.
Meanwhile his poll numbers have been plummeting for three months, and that plunge shows no signs of stopping.
That makes me very happy, but also confused. Has Trump had enough of being President? Has he figured out a way to lose the election, declare that he never loses, and then ride off into the sunset?
Does he know what he is doing? Has he ever?
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