Venturing into a prediction arena where no analyst has been correct before, CNBS’s Ron Insana released a doomsday commentary on Wednesday, saying Trump may have to choose between two outcomes – Quitter or Loser – and claimed that other pundits may have simply “misjudged the timing of his ultimate departure.”
“Given his personality type, I think he is exhibiting signs of intense frustration that comes from the diminishing amounts of undeserved adulation he received during his primary run. And that may very well lead him to simply take his ball and go home. That decision could be further accelerated by a GOP that is now having a rather serious case of buyer’s remorse,” wrote Insana.
Referring to Trump’s criticism of Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a member of a La Raza organization who is presiding over the Trump University case, Insana claims that Trump has gone from “toxic” to “radioactive” and that reluctant GOP supporters will now start fleeing from him, and GOP leaders are fearing voter backlash themselves if they stand too close to Trump.
Insana writes, “More worrisome is the anger and vitriol being spewed by the candidate as the going gets tougher. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy speech appeared to get under his rather thin skin, and prompted responses from Trump having nothing to do with a substantive rebuttal. That could be a preview of how he’ll handle Clinton in one-on-one debates. Further, the prospects of Trump whiffing on policy issues while Clinton riddles him with facts could seriously harm the GOP’s image and fatally wound down-ballot candidates.”
He says Trump is going to be “demolished” by Clinton, and she may need a Plan B just in case she finds herself facing a different contestant in November.
Icana continues his dooming analysis:
“His invective is taking on a new intensity as he struggles with the personal and political scrutiny that comes with being the party’s standard-bearer. It might be too much for even Trump to bear. He is accustomed to unflagging support, idol worship and winning. Trump may have to choose between two outcomes that are not only wildly unpalatable, but two descriptions that he uses to belittle others: Quitter or loser.
It seems the master has become the apprentice and in this case, he may find himself fired by the people who reluctantly just hired him. It will take some Machiavellian maneuvers, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump is soon off the stage.”
Donald Trump finished up a record-breaking primary this week, earning almost 13.5 million votes – more than any GOP presidential primary candidate in U.S. election history. He also reportedly earned 1,542 Republican delegate votes, far surpassing the required 1,237 needed for the GOP nomination.