It was a rough week for Donald Trump. Every scientific poll, focus group and almost every media outlet concluded he lost the first presidential debate. He reportedly is angry at supporters who had conceded that he lost the debate. He was heavily criticized by the media and political commentators for endorsing unscientific polls which he claims show he won the debate. When he attempted to counter allegations made during the debate by Hillary Clinton regarding sexist and racist comments made to a former Miss Universe winner, his response simply reinforced the charges. And at least partially as a result of the debate Hillary Clinton has increased her lead in the polls nationally and in key battleground states.
Outside the debate, several conservative and apolitical newspapers have refused to endorse Trump. USA Today came out against Trump in its first presidential endorsement ever. It was also reported that Trump may have avoided paying taxes for almost two decades due to his mismanagement of three Atlantic City casinos, his ill-fated foray into the airline business and his ill-timed purchase of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.
As Trump attempts damage control Republican leaders and powerful Trump supporters are concerned about his motivations and his actions. And one quote encapsulates the entire problem. Via the AP (emphasis added):
“He’s not going to change. This is who he really is,” said former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber, a Republican. “It’s ridiculous to even argue this, but if he could stay on message, which is to say if he could be somebody else, he could win.”
Yep. That about sums it up.