|Donald Trump's campaign may be breaking the mold. Bad move.|
It's becoming painfully clear that Donald Trump didn't learn much from defeating "Lyin'" Ted Cruz, "Little Marco" Rubio, and "low-energy" Jeb! Bush. His opponents' shocking ineptitude left Trump with the feeling that all he had to do was start up the insult machine against "Crooked" Hillary Clinton and "Pocahontas" Elizabeth Warren.
Calling people names in front of packed auditoriums in Texas -- a state you don't need to fight for -- isn't a campaign strategy. A better one is fundraising, setting up staff in battleground states, and running attack ads to define your opponent before they manage to define you. Instead, Trump badmouthed Latino judges and female Republican governors. Excellent!
Now his campaign is broke, and he just fired his campaign manager. Excellent!
So, he asks Reince Priebus and the RNC to run his campaign for him. Makes sense. Republicans love outsourcing!
And then there are the donors that Republicans rely on. uh oh.
A related and intertwined problem is Trump’s lack of fundraising. Although he once said he’d raise $1 billion, his new fundraising team—mostly constituted by the RNC, of course—is working to depress expectations, saying there’s little chance he’ll raise that much. In fact, many members told The Wall Street Journal they haven’t even done any work yet. There’s a vicious cycle at work here, which is that as donors see the Trump campaign in chaos, they’re unwilling to fork over their hard-earned cash. Why back a candidate who’s rending the Republican Party apart, doesn’t follow conservative orthodoxy, and seems to have no idea what he’s doing with the money?CNN reports that the fear is spreading.
Republican donors who are still willing to give to Donald Trump are increasingly uneasy -- not just about the constant controversy surrounding the presumptive GOP nominee but also the perceived total lack of infrastructure related to his nascent fundraising operation.
The list of problems, according to donors and party officials, is both long and not easy to fix over the course of a short period.
It looks like our first Art-of-the-Deal president is pretty lousy at making deals. Go figure.In many ways, it's only natural. Trump rolled through the primary haranguing the donor community, including some of the party's top money men and women by name, as he pledged to self-fund his campaign. Some notable top donors, including financier Paul Singer and Joe and Marlene Ricketts, are sitting out the campaign.
Question: If Donald Trump loses, will he sue?