After months of crazy Trump, it seemed that hesitant Trump voters finally got their long-awaited “pivot” from the GOP nominee. He started making “presidential” moves like visiting the flood-stricken state of Louisiana. The unrepentant candidate even went so far as to publicly state that he’s sorry for things said in the heat of debate.
The work that Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Roger Ailes have done with Trump, though, should not go unnoticed. In the last week, he gave a series of prepared speeches that lacked the usual Trumpian shriek. He has not given us the pivot on policy that many people are really looking for, but this is a nice start. This is the mark of someone who realized they need to work harder to beat Hillary Clinton.
But any rational, thinking person has to be asking: Is this real? And if it is, is it too little, too late? There are just 77 short days left until voters head to the ballot boxes. We’ve seen over 100 days of the original Trump, so what do we honestly expect voters to think of Trump 2.0?
Perhaps we take Trump’s thinking on this and ask what we have to lose by voting for him. In a speech to black voters he actually asked that question, which I have to admit, is worth asking. This rhetorical move resembles the “change” campaign that carried Barack Obama into the White House in 2008.
Unfortunately, I don’t expect this Trump to last. Trump’s 180 is already approaching a 360. On Monday morning, he took to his Twitter account to attack MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. We see this after news broke that Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin worked at a radical Muslim journal for over ten years. That’s low-hanging fruit, but Trump cannot help himself. No amount of campaign staff changes or talking points are going to change who Donald Trump is as a person.