As Donald Trump readies himself for the third and final debate, he should make a promise to himself not to run off at the mouth about petty issues that won’t win him voters.
There’s still a chance for Trump to perform well in the election that is, not as Saturday Night Live script material, if he can find a sliver of discipline.
Despite the barrage of sexual harassment claims against him from women near and far, the latest Rasmussen poll found Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by only two points, 41% to 43% — a statistical tie. However, a Monmouth University poll released Monday showed Clinton leading Trump 50% to 38% in a four-way race with Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein.
But in critical swing states like Virginia, Clinton leads Trump by 15 points and in Florida she leads Trump by four points. While the polls are swinging in many directions, the point is with less than three weeks to go, there’s more at stake in this last debate for Trump than Clinton.
First and foremost, Trump needs to tame his temper and not fall for Clinton’s bait. She will certainly throw his problems with women in his face and maybe even drop new allegations we haven’t heard.
Trump should expect this and pivot away from the subject by talking about his success at employing women across his companies and his childcare plan. What he shouldn’t do is get agitated, snort like a bull about Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs. When you live in a huge, breakable, glass house, it’s probably not wise to throw stones at someone who lives in a smaller one.
There’s a treasure trove of information in WikiLeaks hacked e-mails of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta that demonstrate the candidate’s true nature. It’s clear from those e-mails that she’s a woman who will say and do anything to get elected. While Trump doesn’t like to prepare for debates, he should literally memorize some of the most egregious e-mails.
For example, one email sent by Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokesman advised her to lie and deny that she ever sent classified information through her private e-mail while serving as Secretary of State.
Brian Fallon, the spokesman, wrote other top campaign officials in an Aug. 22, 2015 e-mail debating a statement Hillary would make on her use of an e-mail server in her home, spokesman Brian Fallon wrote: “Our position is that no such material exists, else it could be said she mishandled classified info.”
In the second debate, Trump’s best moments was when he assailed Clinton on her use of a private e-mail as Secretary of State to deliberately conceal information from the American people. He should continue to pound her on this point.
“Newly released documents from the FBI’s year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton’s server indicate a State Department official proposed a ‘quid pro quo’ aimed at getting the FBI to cover up classified emails discovered on Clinton’s server,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Instead of circling Clinton around the debate stage like a shark, Trump needs to circle the issues repeatedly with the precision of a shark coming at his prey. What Trump should do on that stage is channel some serious focus and calm.
But, then again, Trump never seems to do what he should.