Pundits from both political philosophies have predicted Donald Trump’s demise since he questioned Sen. McCain’s patriotism. This article won’t predict Mr. Trump’s inevitable demise. Instead, it will present information that seems to indicate an anti-Trump trend that’s based on Mr. Trump’s personality traits and his ideological underpinning. First, an ad by Our Principles PAC is now running wall-to-wall in Iowa. Our Principles PAC was just recently started by a former campaign staffer to Mitt Romney.
The ad is devastating because it doesn’t attack Mr. Trump. It’s just one clip after another of Mr. Trump insisting on universal health care, talking about a “$5.7 trillion tax increase” and talking about his disdain for “the concept of guns.” It isn’t a stretch to describe the ad as Mr. Trump’s indictment of Mr. Trump.
Keep the Promise super PAC is running a similar ad, which they’ve titled TrumpCare. Again, Trump indicts himself when he told Sixty Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley that “I’m gonna take care of everybody.” When asked who would pay for this universal coverage, Trump responds by saying “the government” would pay for universal health care.
Saul Anuzis, the former GOP State Party Chair in Michigan, ‘confessed’ on his radio program that he was wrong about the Our Principles PAC ad:
I am so cynical about the Team Romney effort from 2012, I got one wrong the other day saying I thought the Our Principles PAC effort was doomed to fail. Last night, I changed my mind. I played their ad on my radio show once in the 5pm hour and once in the 6pm hour. My show has a massive drive time audience on the most listened to talk station in the country.
The reaction from the audience was mind blowing. Phone lines lit up by people. They all had the same story. They were on the fence between Cruz and Trump or undecided completely. With one exception, the whole of them turned against Trump.
That isn’t good news for Mr. Trump. Whether that’s enough to derail his big to become the GOP presidential nominee is anyone’s guess. Based on that information, though, it’s a greater possibility today than it was a month ago.That’s only part of Mr. Trump’s growing problems. Byron York’s article from the campaign trail isn’t flattering towards Mr. Trump:
James and Brooks Schooley are raising a young family in this tiny Iowa community. They support Ted Cruz and brought their kids to an old church near the Bloomfield town square to hear the candidate, along with Iowa Rep. Steve King and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
“He’s not principled,” James Schooley told me, referring to Trump. “He just goes by emotion.”
Mrs. Schooley was pretty much on the same page:
“I feel like he doesn’t stick to the Constitution the way Ted Cruz would,” added Brooks. “Once you go away from that, then where’s your standard? I mean, you can do anything.”
The gem from that family interview, though, came from James and Brooks Schooley’s son, who said “He can’t control his anger.” The Schooley’s son isn’t alone in noticing that about Mr. Trump. It’s something that the Cruz campaign pays attention to. Jessica Lenik said “He’s too much of a wild card. I understand his anger, and I get that, and I understand the people behind him. But I think he’s too much of a wild card, and without any background in the political arena, that really scares me. Too much of a hothead, I think.”
These aren’t the things a candidate wants to hear while he’s making his closing arguments to voters. It’s doubtful that Republican voters will find a man with well-established liberal proclivities and a temperament that Dennis the Menace would be ashamed of the right man to run against Hillary Clinton.