Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Paul Manafort Loses Control; Staff Suicidal

And there are still 97 days till November 8:

"Aides and campaign staffers of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are becoming increasingly frustrated by his seemingly inability to stick to a coherent message and strategy, media sources quoted people close to his campaign as saying late Tuesday."

"Reports says campaign staffers are upset over a series of missteps and controversies by the Republican standard bearer, including Trump's continuous battle with Khizr Khan, the Muslim father whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004, and comments during an interview Tuesday with the Washington Post newspaper in which he said he will not endorse two leading Republican lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Arizona Senator John McCain in their re-election bids. Ryan and McCain have both endorsed Trump, but have publicly rebuked him over his criticism of the Khans."

"Khizr Khan gave an emotional speech at last week's Democratic National Convention condemning Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the country, as his wife stood silently by his side, and the couple have continued speaking out against Trump in a several interviews."

You have to give it to the Dems. Say what you want about the DNC. It was brilliant featuring the Khan family. Both because it's such a moving story; and because as they were Muslim, there was no way Trump would be able to control himself.

"New York Times reporter John Harwood said on Twitter that he learned from an ally of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that Manafort is no longer “challenging” the candidate, and that staff morale has plunged, which he described as “suicidal.” CNN reported that Trump campaign staffers “feel like they are wasting their time.”

"Trump’s behavior is beginning to push some prominent Republicans to the breaking point. Meg Whitman, a prominent technology executive who launched an unsuccessful bid for the California governorship in 2010, toldThe New York Times late Tuesday that she will support and raise money for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, calling Trump “a dishonest demagogue.” And U.S. Representative Richard Hanna of New York became the first sitting Republican member of Congress to throw his support to Clinton. "

"The endorsement of Clinton by Whitman and Hanna came hours after President Barack Obama took the unprecedented step of a sitting president denouncing a presidential candidate, when he called Trump “unfit to serve” as the nation’s commander-in-chief. Obama also took Republican leaders to task for continuously distancing themselves from Trump’s comments, while maintaining their endorsement of his White House bid. In a typical response, Trump tweeted that Obama "will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States."

As someone said on Morning Joe today, he's no longer the Chaos candidate, he's the Kamikaze pilot.

Not only is he destroying the GOP and his own campaign, but when he's done his brand will be complete garbage.

Seriously. I mean it's not for nothing that his Trump hotels bookings have dropped 60%. Yes, there are the Trump supporters who love him but that's not enough to make up for all those who now want nothing to do with Trump after this campaign.

I used to watch The Apprentice. But in the future Trump will have to become a Fox News type-there is talk about giving him his own network.

But his tv empire is in tatters and his reputation as a businessman is too. He's destroying the Trump brand. At this point, Hillary just has to sit back and let Trump be Trump.

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