In the Portland Press-Herald, Alan Caron points out that, in his own fashion, Donald Trump is following that blowhard Polonius’s advice, “To thine own self be true,” because he can’t flipping help it.
All of this is a subset of a larger problem, which is Trump being Trump. People who become president get there because they can both energize primary voters and expand their support after the primary. Trump has done well with the first task and failed miserably with the second.
Not that Trump hasn’t tried. For a while, he brought in new people. He worked with the national party on fundraising and field operations. Seasoned veterans of national campaigns helped him with messaging. He began to read from a teleprompter rather than rely on stream-of-consciousness riffs in his speeches. And his polling numbers began to rise.
But Trump’s attempts to broaden his support among women, more educated suburban voters, Hispanics and moderate Republicans were short-lived and at times painful to watch. He seemed to be awkwardly out of his element talking to a mainstream America that doesn’t think and act like him. . . .
Quickly enough, his bad habits began to take over. He couldn’t help himself.