After Donald Trump lost the first presidential debate by wide margins across every scientific poll and focus group of undecided voters, the right wing world has been reeling watching his poll numbers drop and his chances of winning the election tank.
Now with the second presidential debate coming this Sunday, right wing pundits are offering all kinds of crazy advice. Especially Charles Krauthammer, Fox News pundit, who essentially told Trump to be more Pence-y and to stop taking the damn bait.
I think he can hold his own. He just needs to be—to ignore, as everybody here has said—ignore the bait. He should just dismiss all the quotations that he hears, the way that Pence did. Deny it ever happened and then ignore the fact checkers the next day.”
So Trump should deny everything he has been widely publicized saying? Well, it made a great ad for the Clinton campaign when Pence did it, so a round two ad blitz showing Trump to be a pathological liar would be great!
Krauthammer also acknowledged that Trump’s running to “Fox & Friends” the very next day to defend his comments to Miss Universe because she “gained a massive amount of weight” was absolutely terrible for him, saying:
I think the most important thing here for Trump is the morning after. He might have lost the debate. It was pretty close. It was not the rout that people say it was. But he really threw it away the morning after when he went after—he went down the rabbit holes on the Miss Universe and all the other stuff. And that’s happened to him before.”
The other idiotic thing Trump did the morning after the first debate was to declare himself the winner and give himself a big pat on the back when virtually no one else was. Krauthammer also says his team should take away his phone for “at least a week” to keep him from tweeting attacks.
While there is a minuscule chance we could see a changed Trump, judging by his town hall “practice” yesterday, it isn’t likely the Republican nominee will show up prepared for this debate either. Yesterday, Trump held a town hall event for his supporters only, and though he denies it was for debate prep, it appeared Trump was practicing taking questions in an audience questions format. The only problem was, the audience basically asked hard-hitting questions like “I love you, Trump, do you love me?” And didn’t practice for tougher questions he was sure to face, while Gov. Chris Christie nervously looked on at his student.
Trump maintained composure for the first 30 minutes of the first debate, but then he fell into trap after trap and began rambling incoherently and seemed unable to directly answer questions. It’s likely the next debate will just be another repeat of that performance.
The right wing media certainly is starting to seem worried if they’re advising their nominee to just deny reality and move on.
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