At this point, Donald Trump is living the lyrics of a certain Nine Inch Nails song. That is, nothing can stop him now, and he sort of doesn’t care anymore. Not that he fretted over his controversial ways in the first place. Even his numerous Panama Papers appearances haven’t affected his appeal, which is likely why the Republican Party gave in to the inevitable. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus spent the weekend admitting how “people just don’t care” about Trump’s behavior because he’s “rewritten the playbook.” All of this is true. No matter how much outrage Trump generates, his devoted fanbase rises to greater heights than the fabled Wall.
However, Trump still needs to get his tush in general election mode, which means (sorry, Bernie Sanders fans) that he needs to conquer Hillary Clinton. A New York Times report suggests that Trump doesn’t plan on changing tactics too much. He obliterated his rivals with a constant stream of insults — “Little Marco” and “Lyin’ Ted” among them — and managed to distract everyone from his own shortcomings as a candidate. In this way, he hopes to drive down Clinton’s poll numbers while bamboozling the voting public, and debates are about to become explosive if this report is true. The New York Times calls this Trump’s “psychological warfare” plan:
Donald J. Trump plans to throw Bill Clinton’s infidelities in Hillary Clinton’s face on live television during the presidential debates this fall, questioning whether she enabled his behavior and sought to discredit the women involved.
Mr. Trump will try to hold her accountable for security lapses at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and for the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens there.