Donald Trump will bounce back in the polls and he’ll get some help before November comes
It’s safe to suggest that last week was a a terrible week for Trump. Combined with Hillary Clinton’s convention boost, the Donald now finds himself about eight percentage points behind the former Secretary of State.
Trump’s week started off with a seemingly endless fight with Khizr Khan, the father of Humayun Khan, the Muslim US soldier who died in Iraq in 2004. He then refused to endorse Paul Ryan which nearly sparked a civil war within his own party. He later endorsed Ryan without mentioning a single policy they have in common.
As if alienating Republicans and the Military wasn’t enough, he failed to understand that Russia had taken the Crimean Peninsula a couple years ago. He lied about seeing Iranian officials “pouring” $400 million off of a plane in exchange for prisoners. And then he committed the ultimate political sin by telling a mother with a crying baby at one of his rallies to “get the baby out of here”.
Trump now finds himself falling further behind Clinton in almost every poll. Some pundits and politicians of both parties have determined Trump’s week to be the worst week in presidential campaign history, some even going so far as to say Trump’s presidential bid is already over. Keep in mind it was the first official week of campaigning after the conventions.
All might seem lost to the supposed billionaire and his supporters, but let’s not forget there is roughly a hundred days before Americans cast their ballots and anything can and will happen between now and then. By October, most Republicans and independents won’t remember who Khizr Khan is.
Of course, there will be debates before November and if the past has taught me anything, it’s that money doesn’t just drive politics and elections, it also drives our mainstream press. The same media that Donald Trump has been manipulated since first coming down that escalator last year.
The media wants ratings, and to get it, they will play each side to their own benefit. A close presidential race means higher ratings. I’ll be shocked if by September the race isn’t a dead heat again, same as it was before the July party conventions.
If and when Trump manages to find legitimate criticisms about Hillary’s policies, without insulting women, gays, ethnic minorities and the handicapped, the press will start attacking Clinton. As mentally ill as Trump seems, his rival is far from perfect and vulnerable in certain areas.
It’s guaranteed to happen, whether the masses fall for it is another matter. Clinton will have to remain sharp and stay on the attack if she is to remain successful and even then, don’t be surprised if Fox News or another conservative outlet creates a controversy out of nothing with the intent of bringing her down to Trump’s level.
Just like Donald Trump’s policies, the polls in this election will flip flop back and forth until November whether it be by design or by accident. What’s important to keep in mind, even if Trump is getting destroyed just days before the election, is to get out and vote. Just like Donald’s disastrous week, polls can be meaningless. It’s better to be safe than sorry…