Republican voters are throwing themselves from the Trump Train just like “Momma,” according to GOP strategist Frank Luntz. The CBS News contributor interviewed 24 former Trump supporters in a Philadelphia suburb over the weekend, then joined CBS This Morning to discuss his focus group findings.
Most all of Luntz’s focus group participants agreed one one thing: Donald Trump’s behavior is unacceptable.
“He was my first choice. But just along the way, he has — I guess you can say he’s lost me. I’m not saying there’s no chance of turning but he’s become outrageous. I mean, we all have thoughts, but I think he speaks without thinking.”
Adding further insult to the injuries of the candidate’s train wreck of a campaign, the Toronto Star interviewed 10 people who have recently ditched Trump or wavered.
Interviewees cited several different reasons they’re no longer supporting Trump, which included his veep pick Mike Pence, calling President Obama is “the founder” of ISIS, even turning down an invitation to debate with Bernie Sanders. Their most common concern, however, was his questionable behavior:
“There was just something off about him,” said Alabama finance student Frank Smyser, 21, who ditched Trump a month ago in favor of Libertarian Gary Johnson.
Last week, David Wright decided that his candidate was a “moron.”
Wright, an optical technician and “Reagan Republican” in Tennessee, had been willing to ignore a certain amount of foolishness from party nominee Donald Trump. But when Trump suggested that gun owners might assassinate Hillary Clinton, Wright came to a new conclusion: “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.”
“That comment: that was it. There’s some things you just don’t say,” said Wright, 44, now an undecided voter. “There’s just a certain amount of etiquette, certain decorum that has to come into this thing.”
“I live in the country and I think I want to make one of those bunkers like they used to when we were afraid of nuclear war. Because every time he opens his mouth, I feel like he’s putting us at risk,” said Kimberly McBride, 45, of Louisiana. “I think he’s going to get us all killed.”
“He doesn’t act like a presidential candidate and some days he hardly acts like an adult,” said Nick Lucasti, 19, an engineering student in Indiana. “The constant name-calling and slander are not necessary.”
No one would ever call Donald Trump’s campaign a model of “Lionel” success, but his appeal is diminishing now more than ever. His revolving staff door makes everyone’s head spin, changing gus campaign chairs more often than you change a baby’s diaper: from Corey Lewandowski and Paul Manafort to Kellyanne Conway and now campaign CEO Steve Bannon, they all stink as bad, too.
The Trump Train has never been a smooth ride on the rails, but these day’s it’s a daily train wreck waiting to happen. My advice? Save yourselves, Republicans voters, and jump fast.
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