There’s a reason Republicans are jumping off the Trump Train like it’s headed for a cliff. There’s a reason Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called an emergency meeting of House Republicans and ordered them to fend for themselves and prepare for Clinton’s presidency. There’s a reason why MSNBC host Chris Hayes cryptically tweeted that a new poll was coming out that all Americans would probably want to take a look at.
I think you're gonna want to check this one out… https://t.co/PKVZTGnKBT
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 10, 2016
And now we know that reason: In the first poll conducted after Trump’s “grab ’em by the p*ssy” comments were leaked, there are signs that this race isn’t just no longer close, it’s effectively over.
In a head-to-head ballot, Hillary Clinton is now beating Trump by 14 points. In a 4-way, more favorable to Trump, ballot, Clinton is only beating him by 11 points. To put that in perspective, President Obama’s victory in 2008 was considered a “landslide” because he beat John McCain by… 7 points.
If these numbers hold, the word “landslide” will need to be updated. This is something else.
BREAKING: Clinton leads Trump by 14 points — NBC/WSJ poll (Oct. 8-9)
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 10, 2016
But that’s just the lightning – the thunder hasn’t clashed yet.
Trump’s “must win” second debate is looking like it only damaged him further. Despite earlier claims by his campaign that he won, the post-debate polls show that he got creamed. He looked unhinged. He didn’t answer the questions. He lurked behind Clinton like a predator. And the stunt he pulled by bringing some of Bill Clinton’s accusers backfired badly. The NBC poll ended before the debate started. We won’t get a full picture of the damage he has done to himself for a few more days.
And all the while rumors are swirling that there are other, “worse” leaks coming in the next few weeks.
That boom you hear? That’s the thunder.
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