A few weeks ago, The New York Times offered a detailed record of Donald Trump’s performance in the last few months of the campaign. From the Khan family feud, to his statements toward Second Amendment supporters, we have seen the same old candidate.

Trump announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015, and since then, his strongest selling point has been the fact that he is a businessman, and not a politician.  It won him the primary.  But I’m not sure it can win him the election.

He has had more than a year to become a more presidential candidate, to clean up his speech, to develop articulate policy proposals, and to appeal to a wider range of voters–and he has failed to do so.

Many on the Right have had trouble supporting Trump because of his shallow, unsophisticated, and apolitical rhetoric.  And yet still, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham call for all Conservatives, many of whom are apprehensive, to fall in line, get over their own convictions, suck it up, and support Trump.

Pundits and Trumpites continuously suggest that he will surround himself with smart people who can advise him.  But if he won’t listen to advice about “staying on script” during his campaign, what indicates that he will listen to advisers as president?

And how many times have we seen him “change his tone” only to revert back to his old ways?  We saw a change in tone again recently, but it didn’t last.

Yesterday, he tweeted this:

After receiving negative feedback for exploiting the death of a famous athlete’s relative, he tweeted a follow-up:

We know this apology isn’t genuine, because we know that Trump doesn’t pray (at least not in order to petition God for forgiveness).

Donald Trump has 70 days until the election.  Will he actually turn himself around, or will he continue down the same path he’s been blundering on for the past few months?  Only time will tell, but the longer it takes for him to seriously change his ways, the more likely it will be that the 2016 election becomes a lost cause.