Look, I understand that I will never be on Donald Trump’s Christmas card list – but this is a bad tactical call:
Donald J. Trump, the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, has declined to participate in one in a series of town halls run by South Carolina’s most popular politician, making the real estate mogul the only high-polling candidate to snub the state.
Because the Palmetto State is third in line to vote on the party’s nominee, because it’s first in the South, and because Sen. Tim Scott’s job approval is hovering in the heavens, his endorsement and support is as coveted as can be — making the Trump no-show all the more conspicuous.
Of the 17 GOP candidates, 15 have been scheduled to participate in Scott’s town hall series, the aim of which is to introduce each candidate individually to the state’s electorate.
Mind you, I wouldn’t really expect Donald Trump to participate in actual – which is to say, ‘unscripted’ – town halls anyway. He could probably handle one hostile question. Two would get him ready to explode. Three, and he’ll cook off. It’s not exactly an accident that even when he was still allowed to come to the RedState Gathering, Trump was going to be ‘available’ offsite, and in a place where he could maybe have some control over the questioning process. Man’s a prima donna – and I say that as a man of Boston Irish Catholic descent, and who has four sisters.
Still… Tim Scott? You don’t want your candidate to go to Tim Scott‘s town halls? That job approval mentioned above is 83%. I don’t care if your candidate is currently twenty points ahead in the state’s polls: you get an opportunity to shine in that reflected glory, you take it. And if you’re not taking that opportunity because, say, you can’t keep your [expletive] temper? …Well, learn.
9 thoughts on “Seriously, Donald Trump is making a tactical blunder in South Carolina.”
One … wonders … whether, at the rate the bloom is coming off Hillary’s rose .. there’s concern that the check may .. bounce.
(“faster than the chrome comes off a ’74 Vega” .. but that’s just piling on)
Ouch…. I remember those :/
Hah, we had one, a true rarity as one that *was not* a lemon!
I’ve been saying that Trump will drop out before Iowa, let alone South Carolina.
This evidence certainly supports that theory.
But I have a different theory. His ego is so YUGE that he can’t side being second fiddle to anybody. He’s going to try and steal the limelight. And most of the media will be happy to cooperate.
IMHO Trump is an unserious candidate who has no business anywhere near this election. I will not, however, be the least bit surprised if he manages to win the nomination…
FWIW, Nate Silver is giving Trump a 2 percent chance of winning the nomination, and admits that number might be high.
When The Donald chose to skip the invitation by the very popular SC Sen…I knew he wasn’t very serious about actually running for president…he’s PLAYING running for president and having a blast doing it.
Stay tuned next fall when his newest Apprentice comes out…should be pretty funny. “Former presidential candidate Donald Trump…”
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