The recent news about Hillary Clinton — as distorted and outright false as much of it is — has caused a sudden, last-minute uptick in the polls for Donald Trump. In recent days we have seen a new, somewhat more restrained Trump, particularly on social media. And The New York Times may have found the reason why: Trump’s aides have taken control of his Twitter account.
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We’ve all gotten used to tweets from Trump that attack the media, his political opponents, literally anybody who says anything the slightest bit negative about him. But the most recent tweets that have shown up from The Donald are downright vanilla. That’s because he is no longer writing them. Now Trump has to run ideas for tweets past his advisors, who clean them up and publish them. A major party presidential candidate with a babysitter.
According to the Times, this is what led to the Twitter takeover:
Several advisers warned him that he risked becoming like a wild animal chasing its prey so zealously that it raced over a cliff — a reminder that he could pursue his grievances and his eagerness to fling insults, but that the cost would be a plunge into an electoral abyss.
That move has kept the nominee from lashing out as he is fond of doing, and has made his Twitter feed far less entertaining to read. This tweet is about as provocative as Trump has been in recent days:
Looking at Air Force One @ MIA. Why is he campaigning instead of creating jobs & fixing Obamacare? Get back to work for the American people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2016
The New York Times says that tweet originated as Trump looked out the window of his airplane and saw Air Force One on the tarmac. Trump’s original idea for it, that he pitched to his aide Hope Hicks, read “Why is he campaigning instead of creating jobs and fixing Obamacare? Get back to work.” Hicks cleaned it up a bit, then softened it slightly by adding the words “for the American people” at the end.
Trump admits that the new strategy he has been forced to accept — one centered on a kinder, gentler Donald — seems to be working. He noted that since the surrender of his Twitter account to his aides, the focus of news stories about him has changed. “All my quotes are coming from my speeches. And that’s a good thing,” he observed.
Even though polls have moved slightly toward Trump and away from Clinton in recent days, the GOP candidate’s behavior throughout most of the campaign has dug him a hole that hopefully he will not be able to climb out of. At this point, given the short memory span of the American electorate, we should probably be thankful that the new, gentler Trump didn’t show up in September.
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