Donald Trump needed to knock it out of the park at the final presidential debate if he had any hopes of keeping his campaign from crashing and burning. This isn’t what he did. Not by a long shot. Even the right wing nut jobs at Fox News know it at this point, going so far as to say that he committed “political suicide” on the debate stage Wednesday night.
Speaking to Fox News following the third presidential debate, conservative columnist and Pulitzer prize winner Charles Krauthammer said Trump’s refusal to say he would accept the results of the election wasn’t just another “gaffe,” but rather was all-out “political suicide.”
This was not a gaffe. Where you say something off the cuff and it’s what you think, but its wrong. You know that [Trump had] been coached on this. You know that his Vice President said, ‘of course, we will accept the result’ and his campaign manager, and his daughter, and you know that [Trump]’s convinced that this is something he wants to take a stand on.
The calculation: this is political suicide.
Trump’s poll numbers have plummeted in recent weeks and Hillary Clinton holds a firm lead over him, with even traditionally red states turning blue. Unable to admit that he is losing because of his own failings, the GOP nominee has ramped up his claims that the election is “rigged” against him. (It isn’t).
His campaign manager, his running mate, and his own children have promised that they will “accept the result” of November’s election, but Trump doesn’t seem to be onboard with this plan. He insists that he will not accept defeat and concede to Clinton unless he is certain that the election was not “rigged” in favor of his opponent. Considering his distaste for facts, convincing him of that he lost fair and square may be easier said than done.
Trump just added the final nail to the coffin that holds the tattered remains of his failed campaign.
Watch Fox News declare that Trump committed “political suicide,” here:
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.