Donald Trump is in serious trouble. Gone is the optimistic bluster of the primaries, during which Donald quickly stole the show from his flabbergasted Republican competitors. Now, Trump has moved on to the general election, a time when less politically-minded Americans are more likely to be paying attention.
Now that they are, Donald Trump finds himself sliding further and further behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the polls. According to the Washington Post, Trump became the first GOP candidate in Gallup’s post-convention polling history to see people less likely to support him following a convention. You read that right: Donald is the first Republican candidate in recent history to be slowed down by a convention rather than experience a bump.
The bad news doesn’t stop. Donald Trump’s insistence on attacking a grieving military family has turned even some of the staunchest conservatives against him. For the first time in history, the prestigious Harvard Republican Club will not endorse a Republican candidate, admitting to being far too “ashamed” of Donald’s behavior to do so.
As things go from bad to worse, a journalistic nemesis decided to release a damning book about the embattled candidate.
Moyers & Company reports, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston has released his book The Making of Donald Trump. According to Johnston, “The Making of Donald Trump is basically everything Donald Trump wants to make sure you do not know [about him].”
Johnston felt it was necessary to get his book out there at this crucial time because, in the 67-year-old journalist’s own opinion, “the coverage [of Trump] has been extremely poor.” While he does partially blame his peers for that fact, he also acknowledges that “the Donald” is himself also the reason.
David compares Trump’s methods of managing media interest to “a modern-day P.T. Barnum.” As for the press, he lamented that journalists are too “high-brow” and “professional,” worst of all, treating Donald “as though he is a serious person.”
So, exactly how does The Making of Donald Trump seek to remedy this perceived problem? Johnston’s book is a thorough examination of the Republican presidential candidate’s background. It fully acknowledges that the man who wants to build a wall to keep would-be immigrants out is himself a descendant of German immigrants.
The Making of Donald Trump confirms the Republican candidate’s familial ties to the KKK — making his continued use of information traced to white supremacist groups all the more questionable. As for Donald Trump’s highly criticized treatment of a woman with her baby? Well, that kind of pales in comparison to the book’s revelation that he once cut health benefits for the ailing infant grandson of his own brother.
“Trump was much less accommodating to the grandson of his late older brother after the baby’s parents challenged the will of his father, Fred Trump (which cut them out), in court.
“Trump removed the ailing child from the family’s medical insurance policy. ‘I can’t help that,’ Johnston quotes Trump telling a New York Daily News reporter who asked why he cut off the infant’s health care coverage (a court later restored it).”
Donald Trump’s campaign is built on the notion he has what it takes to make America great again — that he has the knowledge and the moral integrity to do so. And yet as Making of Donald Trump reveals, there are many disconcerting aspects of his decision-making and history. The book surfaces at a time when voters are already not liking what they see from Donald Trump — via Donald Trump himself.
The Making of Donald Trump’s release might not have been needed. The way things are going, Donald Trump’s election season antics alone have perhaps revealed more about the candidate to American voters than the GOP hopeful probably ever wanted.
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