Trump’s Campaign Is Sinking and No One Is Doing Anything About It

From:,  by Rick Moran,  on Jun 20, 2016,  see the article HERE.


Donald Trump is nearly out of money, refuses to raise any more, hasn’t expanded his primary campaign to all 50 states,  is trying to alienate the only people who can salvage his campaign — the RNC — and appears unaware that his already record-level unfavorable rating continues to go up.

I’ve been writing about and participating in political campaigns for more than 40 years, but even a neophyte political reporter knows that the Trump campaign is in deep, deep trouble.

In his “Morning Jolt” newsletter, Jim Geraghty paints a grim picture for Donald Trump:

Why is anyone surprised that talk of a delegate revolt at the convention in Cleveland is picking up? Donald Trump isn’t doing the basic tasks a presidential candidate is supposed to do.

He isn’t hiring staff; he has about 30 paid staff around the country while Hillary Clinton has something in the neighborhood of 700.

He’s refusing to spend any money on ads:

The Clinton campaign and its allies are airing just over $23 million in television ads in eight potential battleground states: Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and New Hampshire, according to data released by NBC News.

The Trump campaign? Zero.

Either Trump is illiquid, or he doesn’t have the money.

He’s either refusing to fundraise, or seriously slacking in this key component of a presidential campaign:

While Trump had promised Priebus that he would call two dozen top GOP donors, when RNC chief of staff Katie Walsh recently presented Trump with a list of more than 20 donors, he called only three before stopping, according to two sources familiar with the situation. It’s unclear whether he resumed the donor calls later.

He’s destroyed existing relationships between the Republican party and corporate America that previously had been beyond the realm of policy differences:

Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it’s done in the past, citing Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities.

Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.

He’s getting less popular and he’s only creating more headaches for everyone else in the party. He’s trailing in Kansas, tied in Utah, and Arizona looks shaky.

Republican primary voters selected a candidate with very little appeal to the broader electorate. So which is worse? Alienating the 13.8 million voters who selected him in the primary? Or alienating a majority of the 120 million to 130 million who will vote in November? There’s no good option left; which one is less bad?

Trump’s own fundraising team believes he will fall far short of Hillary Clinton’s goal of raising $1.2 billion and possibly reach $300 million in cash.

But even that looks doubtful now.


A man with $10 billion and a decent shot at the presidency ought to be able to free up substantial funds to do that – and to do anything to win. That’s emphatically not happening. The Occam’s razor explanation is that he’s not worth $10 billion. However much he is worth, he appears not to possess the liquidity to conjure up the necessary $1 billion, or hundreds or even tens of millions, that a national campaign requires. Even a million is a stretch.

This might be OK if Trump were willing to raise money. After all, self-funding presidential campaigns are rare because they cost so much. But Trump doesn’t appear to be willing to do the minimum required on this front either. He dislikes calling rich donors. He has said that he wants the Republican Party apparatus to take over the functions of a national campaign. This is insane, because the Republican Party has its own job to do. It’s supposed to work concert with the nominee’s national organization, and with down-ballot campaigns. So handing it this huge extra job, without the money to make it happen, will hurt not just Trump but the entire Republican slate.

I refuse to play the psyche game where Trump is concerned. Does he really want to be president? Is he subconsciously trying to sabotage his campaign? It hardly matters, although I doubt he’d be so upset at the attempts to unseat him if he really didn’t want to be president.

So we’re left with the obvious: Trump is a rank political amatuer who doesn’t know what he’s doing and refuses to listen to people who can set him straight. Perhaps that’s the purpose of the pow-wow being held at Trump Towers today. Bloomberg reports it’s a meeting of top strategists and family.

An intervention?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is gathering his top lieutenants, including members of his family, in New York on Monday to discuss a political strategy shift as he looks to move beyond recent missteps.Trump is facing pressure from within his own inner circle—including from donors—who are growing increasingly frustrated with what they see as a lack of coordination and communication, members of Trump’s staff told Bloomberg Politics, at a crucial moment in the presidential race.

There’s also a growing impatience among some on Trump’s payroll that the candidate has failed to fill key roles within his campaign, including traveling press secretary and communications director, while Democrat Hillary Clinton’s synchronized political machine capitalized on a string of negative Trump headlines.

Trump may be changing politics as we know it — but not that much. You still need hundreds of paid staff to organize volunteers to canvas at the precinct level. You still need offices where professionals plan out strategies and delegate tasks. You still need some kind of digital presence besides Trump’s Twitter account. You still need a press operation, a rapid response team to squash lies being told about you, and most importantly, a get-out-the-vote apparatus that will get every possible supporter to the polls.

This is a national campaign encompassing 50 states with special emphasis on 12-15 swing states. It isn’t cheap. Even creating an operation half the size of Hillary Clinton’s is going to cost in excess of $300 million between now and election day. But from the evidence we’ve seen so far, Trump has little interest in following through to do what is necessary to give himself a fighting chance to win in November.


Does this sound like a candidate with a “fire in his belly” to win the presidency? It doesn’t sound that way to me.

I wrote a piece back in April positing that Trumps original entry into the presidential race was pure ego-fodder. I proposed that he did it to enhance the notoriety that would accrue to the “Trump” brand (he couldn’t lose) and to show the world that he could do it – it would be “easy.” I thought that he saw it as a no-lose proposition. If he failed (as he expected), it would be because he was treated unfairly by [fill in the blank] and he’d make political hay out of being unfairly prevented from an honest stab at the presidential sweepstakes. He never expected it to get out of control and for him to actually win. The presidential campaign was the goal – not winning.

But then “the wall” happened, and “the Muslims” happened, and all of a sudden he was winning! At that stage of the primary race, he became mesmerized by the adoration of screaming fans and how they seemingly worshiped their newfound Messiah. How could he resist? The fire was strong in his belly … then.

But then reality gradually set in. Running for president had turned out to be a lot of work. Once he’d vanquished his Republican opponents, he’d accomplished what he set out to do. Donald Trump had become a bona fide nominee for president – and that had been fun; it’d been satisfying, but now he must begin anew. Even more work, even more of his dirty laundry exposed, for what? He doesn’t really want to be president. It’s too much work, too much responsibility and too few rewards. He’d have to bite his tongue, he wouldn’t be able to be himself, he’d be under a magnifying glass 24/7 and for what? He’s already accomplished what he set out to do.

I think he wants out.


Categories: Political


7 replies

  1. I hate to disagree but I don’t believe that Trump was ever unserious about wanting the presidency or that he wants out now. We all agree he’s a man with a giant ego and such a man doesn’t want to lose at anything, let alone something this public. The whole world is watching Trump right now. I believe he wants to win very badly. I also personally believe that he’s sincere in his belief that the country is headed for disaster if left in the hands of the Hillary Clinton. It may have been ok to support liberals when their shenanigans seemed to have little impact relative to their benefit to him, but I think he’s beginning to see that we’re all screwed under Clinton.

    But Trump is still Trump. He believes in his own magic and infallibility. A man with a big ego doesn’t like to call begging for money. And he is, as you point out, a political novice. That was evident by his moral outrage over Ted Cruz’s superior game in Colorado. Though he seems to be learning some of the harsh realities about campaigning, there has not been (and may never be) enough time for him to master the learning curve. That’s what you hire a good campaign team for, but Trump’s need to control everything impeded his judgment on that score.


  2. Remember too that at first he didn’t even want the job – he just wanted to win the election game. All these months later, he still doesn’t want the job (just the title), but he got in too deep and had to keep playing. The hours and the routine are long and hard and even though he’s tired of the game, he has to keep playing because all these adoring fans are counting on him.He doesn’t want to spend his own money seeking a prize he never really wanted. Ego and pride prevent him from accepting help from the RNC, begrudgingly as it may be, so he’s in a bit of a pickle.

    The problem is that unless there is some sort of divine intervention, it leaves the people of the USA in a much worse pickle. And the sourpuss at the bottom of the barrel is Madam President.


    • Have you forgotten my prediction that Hillary won’t be there at the end? If we go with Curtis’ ticket of Walker/Cruz, they could be going against Joe Biden – what an upheaval that would be! Nothing would please me more than to have a choice of two “anyones” other than Trump or Hillary!


  3. It’s all over twitter. Trump’s fail in funds, organization, everything needed to run a campaign and to win. He’s dead in the water with no engine running.

    And 400 delegates, I’ve heard (and increasing in number) , are considering voting their consciences.

    The convention, even unfunded by Apple, will be quite interesting.


    • I hope that the unaligned delegate count continues to grow and I like Curtis’ suggestion of a Walker/Cruz ticket.

      More and more people are becoming disenchanted with the unbeatable, unstoppable juggernaut that was Donald Trump. He just wanted the adulation and glory and doesn’t want any part of the hard work that goes with a general election campaign.

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  4. I think you’re right!

    Ted Cruz’s campaign has more money in the bank than Trump!

    Now, I’m not sure the Convention could select Cruz, who lost to Trump having run the entire race, but I suspect they might nominate another candidate who either didn’t run, or left early.

    I’m looking at a Walker/Cruz ticket, and a sizable win over the hated Hillary come Fall.


    • Thanks for that Curtis! Just the thought of a Walker/Cruz ticket instead of a Trump/anybody ticket just brightened my day! I think I’ll have a wee sip of the old single malt this evening to celebrate! That’s actually a damn good idea!


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