The budding narrative that Trump had rejected Paul Manafort’s advice in favor of going out with a bang under Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway – who would let “Trump be Trump” – turns out to have been a head fake:
“Three and a half months after sealing the Republican nomination, Donald Trump pivoted to contest the general election on Thursday night, expressing regret for his past failures to “choose the right words” and delivering one of the most comprehensive, on-message rationales for his candidacy to date.
Speaking from prepared remarks on the heels of another staffing shakeup, Trump positioned himself as the champion of voiceless Americans against a corrupt and incompetent elite and the leader of an inclusive movement who repeatedly condemned “bigotry.” …”
He should have done it two months ago. Instead, he has been dragged off message and weighed down by all these stupid controversies. He rises in the polls when Manafort keeps him on message, when he delivers his policy speeches, and when his guns are firing on Hillary. When the race goes through a boring stretch, everyone is reminded of how much they hate Hillary instead of why they opposed Trump in the primary.
I don’t care that he is condemning “bigotry.” I can read the polls. These cucked suburbanites who voted for Kasich, Rubio, and ¡Jeb! – who were sent into a panic by Judge Curiel and Khizr Khan – are the cause of his bad poll numbers. Just look at Virginia where he is down 12 points or Pennsylvania where it is like 10 points or Wisconsin where it is around 15 points. These people are going to decide the election. If he needs to appeal to them to win and showing a little humility helps him get there, then go for it!