Donald Trump Has Stayed On Point (Sort Of) And I'm Scared

The end of last week seemed like the grand finale of what seemed to be a Rube-Goldberg-machine-like fail of the Donald Trump Campaign. After booting his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, just two months earlier, Trump demoted Paul Manafort, his sketchy-but-competent campaign chairman, who subsequently resigned. Trump then brought on Steve Bannon, the former director of, as CEO. He also brought on a new campaign manager: pollster Kellyanne Conway, whose motto is “Let Trump be Trump." Accordingly, I patiently waited all weekend for my Twitter feed to explode.

But nothing happened.

Instead, Trump gave a speech that — for him (a huge qualifier) — sounded borderline rational. He apologized (sort of). He made an appeal to African-American voters (sort of). He managed not to slander anyone too bad, or to double down on any outlandish policy proposals, or to insinuate that a viable way of keeping his opponent out of office was to shoot her.

I just have one question: Where is the "Trump being Trump" moment?

As of Monday morning, the most I can come up with is Trump’s weirdly petty Twitter fight with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. Aside from that and a not-wildly-unreasonable call for the Clintons to shut down their charitable foundation, Trump has kept things just this side of sane.

This is making me nervous.

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m not worried that Trump is about to win over African-Americans. Nor do I think that a majority of Americans are going to believe that he’s actually sorry for the things he said and did in the primaries.

What I am worried about is the possibility that Trump will be able to move the needle enough with the key demographics of voters in critical battleground states. I am worried that white people who might not have wanted to vote for a racist will be sufficiently convinced that Trump — the man who believes a judge with Mexican heritage can’t be impartial in a case about Trump University because he’s calling for America to build a wall on the Mexican border — isn’t a racist.

I’m trying as hard as I can to think about the long game, to believe that Trump really is unable to pivot — to even take the man at his own word that he doesn’t “want to pivot." If I can just be patient enough, hopefully he’ll fall back into his own ways and really put his foot in it.

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Oh wait, Michelle Bachmann is advising Trump on foreign policy? You know what, maybe I am panicking too soon. 

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