Charles Blow Decimates Trump's Latest Claims as the 'Ravings of a Lunatic' and a 'Pig'

Trump may be down in the polls, but instead of improving his ground game, knocking on doors, reaching out to undecided voters and women, or doing anything else that could bring a positive sheen to his campaign, he has been, as Charles Blow deftly points out in his Monday column, "stacking logs of grievance on the funeral pyre with the great anticipation of setting it ablaze if current polls turn out to be predictive." 

As an ever-growing list of women accuse him of sexual assault, as the Washington Post eviscerates his foundation, as the New York Times exposes his tax avoidance, Trump only doubles down on his hateful, racist rhetoric. His campaign has an air of fatalism, one that as Blow observes, "bespeaks a man convinced that the end is near and aiming his anger at all within reach." 

You can tell a lot about a candidate when he's on the electoral ropes, and now that Trump's numbers aren't looking as great as they once were, he's turning into the kind of whiner he once accused his opponents of being. The New York Times publishes his tax returns? The media is rigged against him. He acts like he's on cocaine at the first debate, and he suggests that he and Clinton get drug-tested before the third. His temper tantrums are the equivalent of, "I know you are but what am I?"

In light of the mounting sexual assault allegations against him, Trump also seems to have abandoned his attempts to curry favor with women, and instead of claiming how many women he has promoted or trotting out his daughter Ivanka (who is nowhere in sight) to defend him he's decided to "double down on sexism." Blow continues: 

He has mocked, whined, chided, bemoaned and belittled. It’s as if the man is on a mission to demonstrate to voters the staggering magnitude of his social vulgarity and emotional ineptitude. He has dispensed with all semblances of wanting to appear presidential and embraced what seems to be most natural to him: acting like a pig.

Unfortunately, America has a long history of romanticizing this kind of pig, calling him a playboy instead. Blow rightly doesn't let anyone off the hook, pointing to the toxic environment of the Republican Party and American culture itself for letting Trump get this far: "America has a habit of romanticizing the playboy as much as the cowboy," and Trump fits squarely into that false narrative. For too long we've "[treated] his exploits with jocularity...too much of America smiling in amusement at the bad boy antics."

Three weeks away from Election Day, who's smiling now? 

Read Blow's entire column

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