Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Um...Why is Donald Trump Campaigning in Texas and Mississippi?

As we all know, Donald Trump made two high-profile appearances in Austin, Texas yesterday. After the flip-floppy immigration town hall with Sean Hannity, he proceeded to the Travis County Expo Center for another big teleprompter rally.

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.

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.

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.


  1. because he'll be starting Trump News on Cable, with Roger, starting in November, and he's growing his audience?

    (did I get it right?)

  2. Trump is trying hard to persuade voters. NICE TRY Mr Trump.
    D Trump called Hillary "BIGOT" but HE IS THE BIGOT..mentally unstable(without the telepromptor).Never Trump America, be united and stay BLUE- Hillary for President!