It Is Time For Donald Trump to Withdraw In Favor of Mike Pence

Headlines over the last week have reported a tightening Presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Trump surrogates have breathlessly promoted Trump’s surge and Clinton’s decline in between saying other generally idiotic things. But the headlines and statements are not quite true. Yes, it is true that Clinton has seen a decline in her polling. But those voters have not gone to Donald Trump. He remains relatively stagnant, unable to take advantage of Clinton’s collapse in support.

This says vastly more about Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton. Voters have their doubts about Clinton. They find her unlikeable and untrustworthy. But voters have locked in their opinions about Donald Trump and are not willing to consider him as an alternative.

The result is that Republicans find it impossible to gain the upper hand against an easily beatable, terrible, and unlikeable Democrat. The Clinton Foundation scandal and email scandal should both be prime targets for the GOP. But their candidate would prefer to attack Republicans like Senator Jeff Flake. In fact, on almost every occasion where Clinton presents an easy target, Donald Trump aims elsewhere or aims at Clinton in such a way as to miss.

Donald Trump is smart enough to understand the value of his brand. With a new hotel opening in Washington, D.C., a “loser” label is not something Trump can afford. We now know for certain that Trump’s company is in debt and his personal finances are far less grand than he claims. Trump’s continued presence in this race not only poisons the well with the public at large, but with Republicans in particular. Who exactly in Washington, D.C. is going to want to stay at the hotel of a loser on Pennsylvania Avenue? The sales pitch writes itself: “I got Hillary Clinton elected by being a braying jackass and losing an easily winnable race. Stay with me.”

If Donald Trump truly wants to stop Hillary Clinton, he needs to withdraw from the race at once. His running mate, Mike Pence, is vastly better on the campaign trail, makes for a far better candidate, and would be a vastly more competent President. Early voting starts soon. Before those first votes are cast, Donald Trump needs to exit the race and give the GOP a fighting chance, which his candidacy does not provide.

If Trump fails to exit the race, the RNC needs to redirect its funds to save the Republicans’ control of the congress and stop wasting money on a loss leader like Trump. The polls are not rigged and Donald Trump’s failure to benefit from the collapse in support for Hillary Clinton shows just how bad his candidacy is.

Without a change at the top of the ticket, neither Republican donors nor the American voter will invest in Trump and the party itself stands to be set back a generation with millennials and hispanic voters. But then that may be what Donald Trump actually wants. The question again must be raised: if Donald Trump wanted Hillary Clinton to win, what exactly would he do differently? At this point, nothing.

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Erick Erickson

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