Courtesy of The Washington Post:
Supporters of Donald Trump got an unexpected plea on Saturday: a request to send the billionaire money.
It was an “emergency” request, the Hill reported, representing an urgent need for an infusion of $100,000 to put ads on the air in battleground states. Why Trump couldn’t simply write a check to cover the costs apparently wasn’t explained, but the missive was useful regardless: It demonstrates clearly the difficult position of the Trump campaign with only 142 days to go.
“[T]here’s no way to look at Trump’s national polling that avoids the grim reality that he is at a lower ebb than any general election candidate has hit in the last three elections,” the National Review’s Dan McLaughlin wrote last week.
Not only are Trump’s poll numbers slipping, they are at a low that no one, Republican or Democrat, has seen in the past three election cycles. Looking at the window of time between 200 and 100 days before each of those elections, you can see that Trump has consistently polled worse than George W. Bush in 2004, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. He caught up briefly after clinching the GOP nomination — and then sank again.
It looks as if Trump is in trouble both financially and with the electorate in general. So much for his self-funding campaign. If he can’t raise $100,000 then he is in a pickle. I don’t think the GOP want to give their unwanted presumptive nominee any money either. And apparently he is not building up any sort of network and his staffing is minimal. What worked for him in the primaries is not working for him in the general election. I honestly will be surprised if he lasts until the convention.
Republicans have a real problem on their hands. They either go with the unelectable buffoon or get someone else. However, there’s not really anyone to replace him. Even if they replace him, his base will lose their minds and stomp off in a huff and probably not vote at all.
Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have done a sterling job of wrecking the GOP. 🙂