All other issues aside, let me take a step back and ask a simple question: Why?
We're now less than 80 days before the election and the Republican nominee is having multiple events in a state that hasn't voted for a Democrat for president in 40 years. Not only that, but because Austin is the ultra-liberal bastion of Texas, this whole thing seems even more counter-intuitive. He had a fundraiser earlier in the day in Fort Worth, so why not just have the additional events in that highly-populated and much more conservative area?
It's not just Texas...this is a head-scratching pattern. Look where he'll be tonight:
A logical conclusion from a reasonable person would be that he's worried about losing Texas and Mississippi. After all, Nate Silver currently places the odds of Trump winning Florida as about the same as Clinton winning Texas. If that's true, maybe Mississippi is closer than we think.Trump is doing a rally tonight 1) in Mississippi 2) in America's second-most-black major city 3) with British far-right leader Nigel Farage.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 24, 2016
But this isn't a logical or reasonable year. Remember Trump's rally in Connecticut, a deep blue state, earlier this month? And how about this move in a state he's losing by around 30 points:
Because Virginia and Colorado are apparently off the table, Trump cannot afford to lose Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If he loses just one of them, he loses the entire race. And yet, even though he's down in the polls in all of the them, he's spending valuable time and resources in Texas and New York.Trump apparently is pushing ahead with his plan to win NY, including hiring Brendan Quinn for "nuts and bolts" https://t.co/PJbr8zFKwM— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 24, 2016
So really, I don't have a good answer to the "why?" question as none of this seems strategic or logical in any way. Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe his horrible management skills and poor strategic thinking are revealing themselves like never before. Maybe he's not even that serious about winning the presidency and governing our nation. Maybe he's just really bad at this whole "running for president" thing.
Your own guess is welcome in the comments section below.