It seems clear to me (although it seems like a crazy conspiracy theory to some others) that Trump is running at the behest of the Clintons, with the plan of losing on purpose. If he achieves his goal, he’ll have a friend in the White House and will have sold a lot of books on the way.
But, it’s not as easy as it looks. He made remarks during the Republican debates that should have offended all women. It got shrugged off. He made hideously racist comments about almost every race under the sun. Didn’t matter. He joked about a handicapped person. His voters didn’t care.
Now that the race has narrowed down and he’s still in the running, he’s getting desperate. He insulted the parents of a dead soldier and shouted at a baby. It wasn’t enough.
Most recently, he suggested assassinating Hillary Clinton. Sort of. “If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks,” he said with a shrug. “Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.” Not really the most coherent quote, nothing that’s going to make it into the anthologies, but is it a turning point in this election?
I doubt it. As irresponsible as it was, it’s not going to make anybody like Hillary Clinton more. So, the polls will remain too close for comfort and Trump will continue to say and do increasingly more insane and horrific things until he’s guaranteed a loss, but it’s proving harder than he thought.
If he drops trou and moons the crowd, will that do it? If he actually brings an automatic weapon to a rally and starts blazing away at the ceiling, a la Idiocracy, will that do it? (not with his crowd, it won’t)
So, this election is destined to get more and more absurd, and comical, and if he gets desperate enough, he just might up and confess the truth. If he says he was working for Hillary all along, that might do him in. But, since that reflects just as badly on her as him, maybe not.