Only 30 days ago did it look like a Hillary Clinton victory was inevitable against Donald Trump.
That has now changed. In a new LA Times national poll, Trump leads Clinton by six points, his largest lead since his post-RNC surge. Clinton has blown leads in both Michigan and Virginia (both leads down to 3 points), is down in battleground states Florida, Ohio, Nevada, as well as significantly down in Iowa by +8 points.
Trump’s move to seemingly replace himself as the conductor of the “Trump-Train” in favor of new campaign top-dogs Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, as well as Hillary’s daily showcasing of her immense dishonesty, corruptibility and tone-deafness, now make a Trump-led White House a possible reality.
Hillary has put herself in a position where she cannot escape herself. People think she is dishonest, and people think she is corrupt, and it rings true when an NBC poll shows that only 11 percent of Americans think Hillary is “honest and trustworthy.”
That’s because she isn’t, and every day that her campaign trots her out to lie about her emails, the Clinton Foundation, or if she collapsed at the 9/11 memorial because of allergies, the flu, pneumonia, a cough, or who knows what, it only lowers her trustworthiness in the eyes of the public.
She has found herself stuck between the proverbial ‘rock and a hard place’; her need to stay out of the spotlight for her own good to hide her deceitfulness conflicts with her need to remain actively campaigning.
On the other hand, it took Trump until mid-August to finally figure out he couldn’t run his own show and still win, and after a third midseason change at the top, it’s clear that Bannon and Conway are the ones doing so now. Bannon and Conway quickly moved to try to change the optics surrounding Trump by first having him hold a press conference apologizing (in semi-apologetic, Trumpian fashion, of course) for the all the disgusting things he has said throughout his campaign, putting him in Baton Rouge after the tragic recent flood while Hillary “rested”, and even putting him in Mexico to meet with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, in a very risky move which proved to be a win for Trump.
With Trump breaking the 43 percent mark for the first time since July, he’s finally moved to attempt attracting Republicans and others who have previously held out support. Time will tell if this surge is simply the result of just another temporary scam, or if the OrangeMan truly has pivoted. In an election where truth is secondary, anything is possible.