Trump has long said this political movement is not about him. But in Virginia, he says if he's not elected, "the movement comes to an end."
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 22, 2016
Anyone who watches TV news knows there’s a tipping point in the aftermath of every natural disaster where the local authorities switch from insisting that everything is just fine (so as not to discourage business/tourism) to bewailing the unprecedented destruction and its devastating effects on a suffering population (to garner relief funds as quickly as possible). Maybe I’m just a Democratic optimist, but it’s beginning to feel like the GOP and its media enablers are pivoting from Step #1 to Step #2 concerning the political disaster that is Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The Washington Post reports:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Donald Trump traveled Saturday to the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, where he suggested that the United States is nearly as divided now as it was then. But instead of laying out his vision for uniting the country, as President Abraham Lincoln once did here, Trump declared that the system is rigged against him, that election results cannot be trusted, that Hillary Clinton should have been barred from running for president, that the media is “corrupt” and that he will sue all of the women who have accused him of sexual assault…
Trump said the system is “totally rigged and broken” because Clinton has been allowed to run for president, even though he says that she broke “so many laws on so many different occasions.” Trump also implied that what he called rampant voter fraud could cost him the election and said the media was “dishonest.”…
After spending more than 13 minutes listing his grievances, Trump read several numbered lists of things that he would do on his first day in office or during his first 100 days. Nearly all of the items were things that he has repeatedly promised to do, but this was the first time that he listed them in a speech….
In his speech Saturday, Trump listed more than two dozen things that he wants to do, including amending the Constitution to create term limits in Congress, renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade deals, overwriting “every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama,” and suspending immigration from “terror-prone regions.”…
Trump was joined in Gettysburg by his top two campaign aides, Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, along with former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg. As Trump spoke, Conway and Giuliani stood to the side of the stage and watched.
After his speech, Trump visited the Gettysburg National Military Park, where a small crowd of onlookers had gathered to see him.
VERY LOW ENERGY – SAD!
Reading between the lines: Trump appears to threaten retribution—as president—for CNN, NBC & WaPo campaign reporting https://t.co/7Hu5u4dUY3
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 22, 2016
Wingnut Welfare outlet the Washington Examiner is hardly an unbiased source, but their report on last night’s conference call from the Trump campaign is… schadenfreude-intensive:
"[W]hy are we on this call?" the reporter asked. (Not in here: Trump aide then asked, "Who the hell is this!?") https://t.co/HXjWZCYUDV
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) October 22, 2016
… The conference call, which the campaign pitched as a briefing on Trump’s “major” upcoming speech, was scheduled originally for 9:30 pm EDT. It was then moved to 10:00 pm EDT.
When the call eventually started, campaign staffers made it clear they were not to be quoted by name…
At around 15 minutes into the call, and as Trump’s team continued to repeat information that is readily available on the candidate’s website, some reporters appeared to grow restless…
“We know what his policies are [on the website],” the reporter said. “Is there anything outside of those that will be discussed?”
An anonymous Trump staffer replied, “There will be new material tomorrow.”
“But the more fundamental thing though, that, you have 100 different policies, and 100 different priorities, and 100 different goals,” the aide said.
The reporter interjected to say, “I’m trying to figure out what’s new and what we should be paying attention to.”
“I don’t want to say what it will be,” the Trump staffer replied.
“Okay, then why are we on this call?” the reporter asked…
Not sure which would have been the more appropriate location for this: Ft Sumter or Appomattox Court House. pic.twitter.com/bIEaMX5m7M
— Billmon (@billmon1) October 22, 2016