In what has been described as the worst week of his campaign so far, Donald Trump, may have soiled his chances of succession of his bid for the White House. Though the candidate has appeared to defy all previous predictions of his demise, has he finally “gone too far”?
This week saw many an obstacle in his path to victory, starting with Trump’s unwillingness to disavow the use of nuclear weapons, not even upon Europe. Trump openly holds his somewhat extreme gender views within the public sphere, supposedly justified by his constant rejection of “political correctness”. He has been called out for his sexist behaviour numerous times, for example calling women he dislikes “fat pigs” or “disgusting animals” or choosing to blame the 26,000 unreported sexual assaults within the US military on “men and women simply serving and living together”.
It is with this out-dated attitude to women that he has appeared to undermine any realistic chance of his presidency. His most recent, and perhaps most damaging, blow to his campaign were his comments this week on abortion – legalised in a supreme court ruling nearly 40 years ago, but still remaining one of the biggest political and moral topics in America.
In a TV interview with MSNBC, Trump stated that women who receive an abortion should suffer “some kind of punishment”. The extremity of this statement is what renders it possibly fatal to his campaign. Though some may believe that those performing the surgical procedure should be prosecuted, even the most evangelical pro-life supporters refuse to advocate punishment for women.
Trump has since, rather uncharacteristically, issued statements to rectify his ‘mistake’, clarifying his position, saying that only doctors would be “held legally responsible, not the women.”
Becoming repellent to women is a certain losing strategy; more women than men are regular voters in the USA, with approximately 4-7 million more females voting than males. Research suggests that less than 1 in 4 women favour Donald Trump, leaving his path to presidency increasing complicated and less likely.
Following floods of criticism on social media for his behaviour, Trump’s position for Tuesday’s Wisconsin Primary has been severely jeopardised. In recent polls, his biggest rival for the state, Ted Cruz, holds an increasing lead.
If Trump loses out on the majority of the 42 Wisconsin delegates, it becomes almost impossible for him to reach the necessary 1,237 delegates to avoid a contested convention against Cruz.
Although, this has the opportunity to go above and beyond Wisconsin – campaign damaged, his chances in the important upcoming primaries is seriously threatened. There’s a possibility of his loss in Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey and perhaps even in his home state of New York. If this is the case, it makes it much easier for the Republican Party to deny his nomination, marking the end of Trump.
Of course, this is all theoretical; there may be a small chance of his victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday, we mustn’t completely rule it out; after all, as I mentioned before, every claim of Trump finally overstepping the line has been proved wrong thus far. Donald Trump has dominated media coverage and ignited enthusiasm within a large contingent of Republican primary voters, yet has never won over anything close to a majority of American electorates.
He’s survived every hindrance to his campaign so far, but his ultimate lack of experience and knowledge, combined with debatable behaviour may mark the end of his chances for the White House.