A Look at the Trump Campaign

Let’s take a moment to imagine the following scenario: how should the press cover a presumptive presidential nominee under the following circumstances?

Voters

The potential for the 2016 election to widen America’s racial voting chasm even further is nothing new. But Washington Post-ABC News polls have also identified a related dynamic: White Americans are splintering along education and gender lines at rates not seen in at least three decades.

Money

Donald Trump’s campaign has alerted Senate Republicans that he won’t have much money to spend fending off attacks from Hillary Clinton over the next couple months…

“They know that they’re not going to have enough money to be on TV in June and probably most of July, until they actually accept the nomination and get RNC funds, so they plan to just use earned media to compete on the airwaves,” one GOP source familiar with Manafort’s comments told the Examiner…

“He’s going to have to keep saying bombastic stuff that’s way far out there that’s going to continue to alienate people some in his own party,” the source continued. “And he’s going to have a hard time unifying his own part. Because that’s how he’s going to get coverage.”

Campaign staff

A constant stream of changes and scuffles are unsettling Donald J. Trump’s campaign team, including the abrupt dismissal this week of his national political director.

A sense of paranoia is growing among his campaign staff members, including some who have told associates they believe that their Trump Tower offices in New York may be bugged, according to three people briefed on the conversations.

Ground Game

The Republican National Committee is scrambling to respond to increasingly frantic concerns from state GOP officials that the party has not provided enough field organizers and will be badly outgunned by Democrats in battleground states.

Politico surveyed nearly two dozen GOP chairmen, officials and operatives in key swing states who said the RNC hadn’t delivered on promises, imperiling their ability to launch the robust voter-turnout operation needed in the general election.

Messaging

There has been confusion this week over just how committed Donald Trump is to implementing his policy proposals if he becomes president, especially when it comes to calling for tax cuts for the wealthy and a temporary ban on allowing most foreign Muslims into the country.

During an interview on “Fox and Friends” on Friday morning, Trump clarified: “Look, anything I say right now — I’m not the president. Everything is a suggestion. No matter what you say, it is a suggestion.”

Given all of that, would it surprise you to learn that the news coming out of a press conference with that candidate was mostly about what he said about the mediaand a gorilla? Of course not, because that is exactly what happened yesterday.

I tend to agree with the people who have suggested that this presidential campaign is like none other we’ve seen in modern times. And yet the real story from yesterday is that – much like Trump University – this candidate is nothing more than a predatory liar.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.