Trump throws in the towel

GOP 2016 Debate

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump stands during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Following the latest shake-up of Donald Trump’s campaign staff it might be fair to consider if rumors he is not really trying to win are true. Instead of a pivot to the general election it would appear these moves signal a desire of Trump to remain a political outsider running a rogue campaign.

The new additions to his staff, placed in prominent and important positions, share Trump’s mindset and sensibilities. In other words, not those of the the GOP establishment or conservative commentators. Or his running mate, Mike Pence.

Trump doesn’t want to change. But his inability to gain new supporters and his lose of previous supporters does not bode well for his electoral chances. And as of right now he will lose, badly. Even Trumps keeps hinting that he does not believe he will win.

But that may be the point. From the start nobody gave him any chance of even getting out of the primary. Given his performance in 2012 it’s fair to wonder if Trump gave himself any chance. Maybe he simply got in to make a point and place himself in the spotlight. This would seem to jive with his campaign thus far. These latest moves would simply be a continuation. Not to win but to raise his Q rating.

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