That’s basically the story.
Trump, coming off of the *cough* eventful *cough* last week is set to speak in Detroit Monday about his economic plan. It seems that he’s finally listening to people who actually know what they’re talking about, like his campaign staff and everyone else in the Republican Party, about how to act like a potential elected official. Honestly, the GOP members who have been praising his “efforts” to change seem like willfully ignorant parents patting little Donny on the head for not getting anything on their favorite couch when he finger painted the floors and walls and coffee table. Good job Donny, you noticed the couch, we’re so proud.
Part of his mending strategy has been repeating the same insult over and over again with slightly different wordings, targeting Democratic nominee Clinton for her “short-circuiting” comment. Clinton stated that she “short-circuited,” (which is elected official talk for had a brain fart) when she said that FBI Director Comey had called her statements about The Email Scandal “truthful.” Trump sent out a tweet storm and made some speeches focusing on the phrase, as if nothing he has ever said ever has been off, weird, or a bold face lie (read: sarcasm, heavy).
He is also now, apparently, going to actually start talking about issues relevant to the position he wants to fill. He has an event scheduled Monday in Detroit at the Detroit Economic Club where, his campaign manager says, he will lay out his economic growth plan. Trump’s team is contrasting “growth plan” with what they call Obama’s (and Clinton’s) “tepid” economy. The plan is said to include cutting taxes, cutting regulation, energy development and boosting middle-class wages. My instinct tells me it’s cutting taxes for the rich, finding new places to buy oil, and not boosting anyone else’s wages (i.e. minimum wage earners).
His manager also stated that what came before Monday’s speech doesn’t count. As if Trump is now playing an entirely different character on our favorite soap opera, but we’re supposed to pretend it’s not him for the sake of the plot.
Ohio governor John Kaisch still refuses to endorse Trump and was absent from the Republican Convention in Cleveland. He stated Sunday that he had doubts about Trump’s ability to win Ohio because of his divisiveness; he said he doesn’t know who he’s going to vote for, yet, but that the right candidate must “operate in the light.”
Newt Gingrich, who has publicly flip-flopped on his support for Trump, stated Sunday that Trump’s economic plan does not add up; it might be totally unprecedented for a party leader to call his or her candidate’s economic plan crap. Gingrich qualified this with a more diplomatic statement, trying to cover his tracks: “Historically, no candidates have numbers that add up.”
Clinton is also set to make an economic speech in Detroit, on Thursday. Some Republicans have been patting DonDon on the head for turning his bullying tirades away from the family’s of fallen soldiers and toward his actual opponent.
Clinton, unlike Trump, has already been talking about the economy and jobs. Her campaign says that she will speak Thursday in order to counter Trump’s plan. Clinton’s speech will highly her goal to make the “economy works for everyone — not just those at the top, not just for the rich or the well-connected, not just for people living in some parts of the country or people from certain backgrounds and not others.”
Clinton has gained the lead according to polling numbers, besting Trump by at least 8% following The Week. She also gained the endorsement of previous Republican (and Republican funder) Meg Whitman, of Hewlett Packard Enterprises this week. Packard said “To vote Republican out of party loyalty alone would be to endorse a candidacy that I believe has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division,” as well as emphasizing that a vote for Trump would be “reckless” because he remains uninformed on critical issues.
This comes after 140 Silicon Valley tech leaders spoke out against Trump’s candidacy in an open letter, stating that a Trump presidency would stifle technological industry. They specifically denounced his policies on immigration, Internet security and government investment.
Stay tuned Monday for Trump’s speech, and Thursday for Clinton’s. And let’s see what this week has in store for us on this years top Reality TV Show: “The US Presidential Race!”