Donald Trump Is Not Going To Pivot Before The Election & His Gennifer Flowers Tweet Makes That Clear
For months, Donald Trump and his campaign have promised that the brash Republican presidential candidate will pivot. This elusive moment in the campaign has been anticipated since he became the official nominee at the Republican National Convention in July, but the actual moment has come in many fits and starts. Still, the Republican establishment held out hope that Trump would turn things around and not do things like attack a Gold Star family, or say that he'd love to see what "Second Amendment people" would do to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court justices. But with 44 days left in the election, Trump fired off a sexist tweet that showed he has absolutely no intention of pivoting. Not that I was holding out hope.
On Thursday, billionaire Mark Cuban tweeted that he had received a front row ticket to the first presidential debate on Sept. 26: "Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the 'Humbling at Hofstra' on Monday. It Is On!" CNN reported that the Clinton campaign confirmed through an aide that Cuban's invitation had come from their camp.
Cuban has been a notorious Trump troll. After endorsing Clinton in July, Cuban told CNN: "Trump scares me. Donald, initially, I really hoped he would be something different, that as a businessperson, I thought there was an opportunity there. But then he went off the reservation and went batshit crazy."
So it was admittedly a pretty bold move from the Clinton campaign to seat such a vocal anti-Trump figure in the front, but Trump's response went beyond trolling to completely and utterly sexist.
Flowers was one of the women that Bill Clinton had an affair with. Under oath in January 1998, Bill admitted to sleeping with Flowers one time in 1977 after years of denial that he had any sort of physical relationship with her. So just because the Clinton campaign decided to seat one of its supporters who has made a strong case against Trump in the front row — a pretty good campaign tactic if you want to rattle an opponent — Trump responded by threatening to remind Clinton of what is likely one of the most humiliating and painful experiences in her public life. Something that was, by the way, absolutely not her fault. Trump's response was a clear sign that he is not pivoting any time soon, and likely has no plans to.
Using Clinton's marital problems against her, while not a surprising move by Trump, should be completely off-limits. Her husband's actions say absolutely nothing about her as a person or as a politician. Clinton's ability to govern has nothing to do with Flowers, while Trump's credibility being called into question by a prominent media figure is totally valid.
Unfortunately, it seems as if Flowers will take Trump up on the invitation.
The clock is ticking on this pivot. And if Trump is willing to show that he has absolutely no qualms reminding someone of one of the more painful experiences in their life, it doesn't seem like a major campaign shift is likely to happen for Trump.