The recent July 27 cover of The New Yorker shows Donald Trump doing a belly flop into a pool full of other GOP presidential candidates who are hurrying to get out of his way, implying that Trump is making a big splash in the 2016 election, but it will hurt him and the entire GOP. Trump's recent attack on John McCain only reaffirms the point that he's making the election much harder for Republicans. Trump had been bickering with the senator and former prisoner of war for a week before saying Saturday: "He's not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."
Trump was criticizing McCain on Twitter after the Arizona senator called attendees at a Trump 2016 rally in Phoenix "crazies," but Trump went on a tirade saying McCain was "doing a lousy job in taking care of our Vets" and blaming McCain for letting Obama win the 2008 election. Trump tried to correct his first war hero comment by tweeting: "Captured or not, all our soldiers are heroes!" Unfortunately for him, that didn't even begin to solve the problem. McCain said Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe that Trump owed all American prisoners of war an apology, but Trump said on the Today Show that he had nothing to apologize for.
This childish attack of McCain and refusal to apologize proves The New Yorker's point that Trump is causing problems for the whole party. Just like a big belly flop soaks everyone nearby, the fatal flaws of Trump's campaign are wreaking havoc for everyone else because he's making the entire GOP look bad. His incredibly offensive comments about Mexican immigrants were already sending Latino voters over to the Democrats, and offending war heroes will only do the same for military veterans. Yes, he was trying to make the point that more needs to be done for veterans, but it didn't exactly come across that way.
Somehow Trump is leading the GOP in the most recent polls, but whoever eventually gets the Republican nomination will have to repair a lot of the damage Trump is inflicting on the GOP's reputation. Trump will also have to rebuild his personal reputation, as his campaign has already led multiple companies to cut ties with him, including NBC and Macy's. Belly flops never end well and the question now is how big Trump's belly flop will be.