You know Donald Trump is in trouble when GOP TV, aka Fox News, doesn’t ask a key Trump advisor and U.S. Senator a single question about Hillary Clinton’s emails or Benghazi.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace was relentless in his interview with Senator Jeff Sessions today about Trump's many fumbles and foibles of the past week. And it wasn’t just Wallace. In the panel discussion that followed, panelist Amy Walter noted that post-Orlando could have been (and she implied Republicans should have made it such) a time to hammer Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration on fighting ISIS. From the FoxNews.com transcript:
WALTER: But instead of being focused and disciplined on this message, where Donald Trump goes is he talks about the Muslim ban, he gets in fights with these candidates. He is even dividing his own party about this issue, about how do you deal with this issue of a Muslim ban. And so there’s nobody there making that case. There’s no—it’s not just the Trump campaign. He has no surrogates doing this. There is no money being spent on television ads doing this. There’s no super PACs defending him and doing this. He’s literally an island among himself—
WALTER: Unto himself. Thank you. Unto himself. And there’s no reinforcements that he’s getting. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is making the case every day and her allies are making the case every day, both on television and in focused, direct messaging to—to voters.
Nobody on the panel defended Trump. Brit Hume agreed that “a disciplined, active, well-planned campaign focusing on the issues that—that could broaden his appeal would have helped him.” He called Trump’s “wasted opportunity” an “opening for Hillary Clinton, who has moved aggressively...—and it looks as if it’s working.”
These kinds of criticisms of Republicans – much less the presumptive Republican nominee for president – do not occur in a vacuum. If I were Trump, I’d view it as a warning.
Watch Wallace's interview with Sessions below, from the June 19 Fox News Sunday.
The Foxies see trouble down the path. The Fox suits are good friends with GOP lawmakers and its leaders, and can’t afford to make future enemies with them by pushing the losing Trumpster. The Foxies will have to choose: Support Trumpster and alienate the GOP, or push away Trumpster to keep the GOP happy. The Foxies prefer to keep the GOP happy.
The Foxies know privately that Trumpster will lose the general election in November. The GOP knows it, too. The Republic National Convention coup is coming with the help of secret operatives within the RNC ranks. Privately, the Foxy mouthpieces already know what’s going on because they have buddies in the party who talk to them privately.
Grab the popcorn and the watch the Republican Convention.
Coming down the pipeline:
1. A well-known conservative hides in the wings.
2. Hannocchio begins to back away.
3. Trumpster takes down the GOP and the Foxies.
4. The GOP Civil War forces donors to close their wallets.
Old Chinese proverb “Fool who doesn’t turn wheel of car drive off cliff.”.