Trump’s last chance to save himself

Trump’s last chance to save himself

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during his campaign event at the BB&T Center on August 10, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Trump continued to campaign for his run for president of the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

It’s time for Donald Trump to do what he does best: walk away rather than face accountability, all the while blaming his sticky situation on everyone other than himself.

We have reached the stage of this election when it’s become clear the Left is not content with simply beating him on November 8th, and they will convincingly. Now the Left appears to want nothing less than the complete and total annihilation of Trump’s brand.

When Trump chose to fulfill the carnal desires of his fanboys by holding a pre-debate spectacle with Bill Clinton’s past (alleged) sexual predatory victims, he colored outside the lines. In the minds of the Left, he violated the rules of engagement. Because Trump “went there,” Trump tacitly gave the Left permission to return fire.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

And return fire they have. In the aftermath of Trump denying ever groping/assaulting a woman at the debate, the Left has unleashed the hounds. Suddenly, they discovered all these sordid tales of Trump behaving like Bill Clinton, after spending years turning Trump into a pop culture icon – followed by spending most of the primary building him up with unprecedented free media to catapult him to the GOP nomination.

Trump has a documented and very public history of sexual immorality and sexually-loaded commentary, which adds credibility to these charges. The whole toxic brew, all mixed together, has the makings of an electoral cataclysm.

That streaking light in the sky is not a shooting star. It is an extinction-level-event hurling toward earth, scheduled to make landfall the second Tuesday in November.

That’s why this is the time for Trump to hit the eject button he’s always used whenever he’s cornered, either in his married or business life.

Trump has gone on the record numerous times to defend his professional use of bankruptcy laws. When those bankruptcies were used against him by political opponents, in order to point out he was either a bad businessman or perhaps not as rich as he claims to be, Trump’s reply has been pragmatic to the core.

The fact that he knows when and why to declare bankruptcy, Trump said, actually makes him smart. After all, according to Trump, why on earth wouldn’t you use a legal remedy at your disposal to protect your long-term economic potential, while simultaneously mitigating the impact of a particularly unsuccessful venture?

Setting aside the morality of dumping your debt on others – and when it comes to Trump you almost always have to set morality aside – in this instance the man may have a point. Sometimes bankruptcy need not be viewed as a deadly sin, when seen in the context of trying to survive in a high-risk business world. With that in mind, I believe Trump should once again heed his own advice and apply his beliefs about bankruptcy to his current political predicament.

The best call he could make right now for his personal and professional future would be to drop out of the presidential race. It is time to declare his candidacy for president broken beyond repair. Cut your losses, Donald, before Election 2016 makes you the greatest political punch line/cautionary tale of our time.

Because at the current rate, the guy who came into the race channeling Carmine Falcone from Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’ is on schedule to end up just as Falcone did by the end of the movie: a drooling lunatic who has been worked over by the Scarecrow’s superior brand of tyranny.

Remember in the movie when Scarecrow asked the wannabe authoritarian Falcone, “Wanna see my mask?” What happened next was a reminder of the order of things: that Falcone may have been a vicious two-bit gangster, but he was out of his depth up against a real sociopath.

Likewise, the Clintons are now showing Trump their mask. They wrote the book on the ruthlessly shameless tactics that Trump has been trying to emulate. Trump is no longer up against a bunch of GOP nice guys in pleated pants in a crowded primary, but folks who’ve had a taste of world domination and will do anything to partake of it again.

Literally anything.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walks off the stage with her husband former President Bill Clinton after the presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Pool via AP)
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walks off the stage with her husband former President Bill Clinton after the presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Pool via AP)

If Trump does not drop out, not only will the White House be gone, but whatever business shenanigans he may or may not have had up his sleeve this whole time will be the proverbial dead man walking, too. No advertisers other than Chico’s Bail Bonds and Lucky’s Check Cashing Joint would dare advertise on the expected forthcoming Trump cable network with those paltry ratings among the female demographic.

If I were one of the Trump kids hoping to continue living the lifestyles of the rich and famous by coasting off daddy’s fumes long after he’s assumed room temperature, I’d be afraid. Very afraid, in fact. As the witch said in Macbeth, “Something wicked this way comes,” and its name is Clinton.

At this point there’s a far better chance Trump is playing Russian Roulette with their gravy train than that he will ever get to be Putin’s stooge at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Clinton is cunning. Trump is a clown. This matchup was over before it began.

There are only two options on the table for Trump now. The first is a lopsided loss to one of the most hated politicians in recent American history – the sort of existential drubbing all future presidential defeats will henceforth be compared to.

The second option for Trump is much simpler: he could make himself into a martyr, in the style of one of the first politicians who endorsed him: Sarah Palin. Blame the media for its most glaring ethical malfeasance to date, and instantly reinvent himself as the man who could’ve been a contender if not for the media and its #NeverTrump fifth column, and quit.

Granted, this is a complete and total lie, but it is one that Trump’s followers are primed to believe, because it fits the narrative he has been peddling throughout this whole campaign: that he has been treated “very unfairly” and that the system is rigged.

Trump should walk away from this and salvage what he can. If he does he’ll get to sell Make America Great Again merchandise on his own channel soon. Playing the role of “could’ve been President” for his adoring throng of cussing grandmothers throughout the fruited plain.

If he doesn’t, he’ll be hocking his wares on the bargain hunter channel right after Richard Simmons infomercials and “Cheers” reruns.

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