(CNN)Donald Trump really needs a time-out. I'm talking the type where Trump has to sit in silence in the corner for an extended period of time to put the brakes on his horrific behavior. He should do this for all of our sakes, as his words are becoming more erratic and alarming by the day.
At the very least, the man should move up the “very nice long vacation”
he said he plans to take if he loses in November. Move it to, say, tomorrow.
Even Trump supporters have to acknowledge that Trump's strategy of “all press is good press” might work great for someone like Justin Bieber — or even Trump, when he's hosting a reality show — but it's not working for him in this election. Just check out the new NBC/WSJ battleground polls released Friday. Trump is down
in every battleground state polled; in North Carolina, which Mitt Romney won in 2012, Trump trails by nine points.
And the candidate who seemingly spent more time during the GOP primaries reading polls out loud at events than talking about policies, must be keenly aware of how poorly he is doing now. That might explain why Trump is ratcheting up the rhetoric to levels that are alarming people even more than they were before.
Just look at the cray cray Trump dished out this week. First, he suggested
that the only way to stop a President Hillary Clinton, and the federal judges she would appoint, is via the Second Amendment, raising the specter of armed revolt — an interpretation he soon skittered back from. Then, a couple of days later, he created another firestorm
by declaring that President Obama was literally the “founder” of ISIS and had earned ISIS's “most valuable player award.”
Friday, however, Trump seemingly tried to dismiss his wholly fabricated claim about Obama as a joke. He explained that the media misunderstood his words because, as he tweeted, “THEY DON'T GET SARCASM.”
Sarcasm?! I'm a comedian — I'm pretty well versed in the art of sarcasm. That was not sarcasm. Even the dictionary
(a book Trump might call “overrated”) tells us as much: “the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny.”
Or, Trump's family could stage an intervention. They can wait for him when he enters his offices at Trump Tower, lock the door behind him, sit him down and explain why they are worried that his media addiction is making him self-destructive. They can be ready with options that might help Trump, like counting to 10 before tweeting or pretending like he is actually running for president of the United States, not auditioning to be the new snarky judge on “America's Got Talent.”
This will be a tough sell to a man who boasted just a few days ago that he has no plans to change
his strategy or temperament, since they worked for him in the GOP primaries.
But it is worth a try. The alternative is a stream of baseless, inflammatory and irresponsible comments by Trump between now and Election Day, each one another nail in the coffin for the Republican Party — and an appalling reflection on our proud nation.
Do us a favor, Republicans. Get this guy into time-out.
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