Trump is Crowd-Sourcing his Preparation for the Second Presidential Debate

After posting my opinion about whether Donald Trump should attack Hillary Clinton for her treatment of the women her husband had some form of sexual relationship with (whether consensual or not) today, I checked my e-mails.

Despite not ever signing up for them, I get regular updates from the Trump campaign. Today I received this one:



This is the link to the survey so you can check it out for yourself.

I note that whether to bring up Clinton’s reaction to her husband’s sexual exploits isn’t included in the questionnaire.

His plan to get rid of DAESH is to ask his generals for a plan, despite telling us for months he had a “tremendous plan” that would get rid of them “… very, very, quick. You won’t believe how quick.” It seems crowd-sourcing is an idea that Trump likes because now he’s using it for his debate prep too.

This all shows how unorganized and unprofessional Trump’s campaign is. It’s also just a bad tactic.

What Clinton has been doing is not only researching her opponent, but working out which voters she needs to appeal to in order to win their votes. Then she adjusts her answers to reach out to those voters.

Trump is taking pretty much the opposite approach. He’s appealing to voters who are already going to vote for him, and asking them what they want to hear. He doesn’t need to get their votes – he already has them. He notoriously said that he could go out into Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and his supporters would still vote for him, and it’s true.

What he needs to do is to grow his tent, and that means appealing to people who aren’t currently planning on voting for him. He needs to, for example, research why the married white women that normally vote Republican are now voting for the Democratic Party. He can’t just make assumptions and dismiss the fact with comments about Clinton playing the women’s card, he needs to ask those women why they aren’t voting for him and react accordingly.

apples-and-orangesWe all know that’s not going to happen though. Trump doesn’t even recognize the necessity of that sort of planning and research, and even if he did it’s doubtful that he’s capable of carrying it out. There are people around him who know this stuff, and Kellyanne Conway is the prime example. When he was following her advice and being disciplined on the campaign trail he rose significantly in the polls. Then the First Debate happened and there was no teleprompter to control his answers and he lost all the support he had gained and more.

A new CNN/ORC poll has just come out that has Clinton ahead by five points. Trump can’t afford to fail at the next debate, but it looks like he’s setting himself up to do just that.


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9 Responses to “Trump is Crowd-Sourcing his Preparation for the Second Presidential Debate”

  1. E.A. Blair says:

    “His plan to get rid of DAESH is to ask his generals for a plan, despite telling us for months he had a ‘tremendous plan’ that would get rid of them ‘… very, very, quick. You won’t believe how quick.'”

    I thought he “…knows more about ISIS than the generals do.”. Guess not.

    • Someone did come back at him with that – he said he would see what plan the generals came up with, and see whether his plan or the generals’ was better, and he’d use which one was best, probably his plan. At the time he seemed to have forgotten he’d told everyone he had a “tremendous” plan already.

  2. Diane G. says:

    OK, I tried the questionnaire:

    1. Which issue do you think Mr. Trump was strongest on during the first debate? Rosie O’Donnell

    2. Which issue do you think Mr. Trump should focus more on in the next debate? Rosie O’Donnell
    30. Do you have any personal advice for Donald Trump for the next debate? Drop dead.

    Seriously, that’s unbelievable. 90% of it is asking whether Trump should bring up one of Hillary’s so-called issues, like that isn’t 90% of what he’s already doing. This has to be The Onion, right?

    Great cartoon. 😀

    • I started answering the questionnaire too, but then it wanted a zip code at the end. I assume that’s how they do their checking that they’re only getting support from USians and I didn’t submit my answers. But yes, you’re right, it’s basically all about feeding his ego. “See,” he can say to all those people asking him to do proper debate prep, “my supporters are telling me I’m doing the right thing already.” He hasn’t worked out that that isn’t the idea of debate prep yet.

      And unfortunately for those that want him elected, no this didn’t come from The Onion, it’s genuine. But I’ve just read this about a Trump supporter. It’s really disturbing:

      • Diane G. says:

        OMG. Now I want to wash my eyes out with soap. Or maybe the part of my brain that had to read that.

        It’s pretty obvious from the crowds he draws, though, that this demographic not only exists, it’s extremely large. Nearly every crime story in the local paper involves similar idiots. This is why approximately every thinking American (there are a few of us) eventually realizes that a large segment of the population has absolutely no business ever voting. Sadly there are people of this ilk in both parties, so we can’t win just by requiring some sort of competency test at the polls. (This, btw, is the reason I doubt the atheist movement will ever gain much ground. Rationality is never going to prevail.)

        • I’m honestly shocked by just how many people like this there are (and you’re right about both parties having then). We have them in NZ too of course, but I think if they were in big numbers I’d notice. On average, our population is currently better educated than yours, which is something that’s probably happened just in the last 50 years. I think being small helps too because we’re mostly all thrown in together and so we don’t have huge sections of the population who never interact with anyone who’s different from them, or whi have different ideas and opinions. All schools and work places are melting pots and we have to rub along with each other or we’d never get anything done.

  3. nicky says:

    I’d answered ‘yes’ on all questions, yes dig his own figurative grave.
    I’d like to know when exactly he thinks America was so great. During slavery? Before women could vote? (now that *would* be too good to be true). During prohibition or the thirties depression? During McCarthy’s witchhunts? Reagan’s unbrideled spending and empoverishing thecUS? Or during Bill’s period of reducing the deficit, dropping crime rates and the US being the only superpower?

    • When women weren’t allowed to answer him back and showcase when he made a fool of himself.

    • His response shows him up badly. Just “locker room talk” as if that makes it okay. And constantly dragging Bill Clinton in too. He clearly can’t even see that what he’s boasting about is abuse. He tries to say that people who know him know that’s not who he is, but it’s just confirming everything everybody already thinks. And both his statements have been nonapologies.

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