People say the campaign for president starts on Labor Day. This year Labor Day is Monday, September 5th, 2016.
This will be news to the millions who followed the primaries and the conventions. But it is true that Americans will settle down and pay more attention in the fall.
This is what they will be seeing. Donald Trump recently decided he was trying too hard to be “presidential.” He feels that reading from Teleprompters hampers his style. He hired two people who favor “bare knuckle” politics. He will continue with the confrontational tone of his past messages.
For example, he called some Mexicans “rapists and criminals.” He accused a federal judge of having “Mexican heritage.” He concluded that this heritage would make the judge unfair on a case against Trump.
He said the Russians should hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. He was critical of a Gold Star mother who stood with her husband as he spoke at the Democratic Convention. He seemed to say gun supporters might want to take action if Mrs. Clinton wins. He always refers to the Democratic nominee as “Crooked Hillary.”
Some call what he is doing “doubling down.” Instead of becoming more presidential, he is becoming more Donald Trump.
The media is saying his polling numbers are dropping. They are questioning why he does not release his tax returns.
Trump is saying he is the “America First” candidate. He says he is the person who stands for law and order. He does not see how he could lose the election. If he does lose the election, he says it will be because Democrats “rigged the election.” Or it is because the “disgusting media” continues to lie about him.
Leading Republicans are beginning to pull away from Trump. They fear he will pull down other Republican candidates. They say Republican Party money should go to Republican candidates for Congress.
Mike Pence is the governor of Indiana. He is Donald Trump’s candidate for vice-president. He said that time is on their side. “It is preseason for heaven’s sake. The gun starts on Labor Day.”
Fasten your seatbelts. It is going to be a bumpy ride.
Source: The New York Times August 17, 2016