The media have been using the word “pivot” when referring to the Trump campaign for months now. They’ve been expecting (or pushing) some kind of “pivot” to a more refined, general election type candidate. After all, conventional wisdom states that Trump should be running a conventional campaign against a conventional politician.

However, in recent days, Trump has indeed pivoted, but not in the direction the Republican Party would like him to. The report comes from CNN:

Donald Trump’s campaign is undergoing a major staff shake-up with less than three months to Election Day, adding two officials to top posts overseeing his struggling campaign and signaling a shift toward campaigning as a scorched earth outsider in order to win.

Trump has named Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and a former investment banker, to the post of chief executive and promoted Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and pollster to his campaign, to the position of campaign manager, Conway confirmed to CNN early Wednesday morning.

The addition of Bannon — known for his brass-knuckled demeanor and his website’s sharp tone — came hours after reports surfaced that Roger Ailes, the recently ousted head of Fox News, will begin to advise Trump as he prepares for the presidential debates. The influence of both men lays the groundwork for unleashing Trump this fall from the more traditional presidential candidate framework, which Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort’s leadership was brought on to create.

Manafort, the campaign’s chief strategist, will stay on in his campaign chairman role, Conway said.

“I look at it as an expansion of the team. Paul remains as chairman,” Conway told CNN.

Being this close to Election Day, with a mere eighty-one days until voters make their decision, a campaign change such as this might ordinarily constitute a dead end for most candidates. However, with Trump, the conventional wisdom has proven wrong time and time again during this campaign, so it’s up in the air.

Now, let me get to the point of this article.

The real catalyst in this campaign will be the presidential debates, the first of three start at the end of September. I don’t believe the polling or the race will change much until Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appear on stage together in front of 70+ million people. Right now Donald Trump is locked in a battle (some would argue a self-made battle) with the media over what he says and doesn’t say on a daily basis. When he has the debate stage, it will be his widest audience to date in this campaign.

Hillary Clinton is assuredly spending time prepping for the showdown and working on her polished debate skills. She is no stranger to the debate stage, having gone through 2008 with Barack Obama, and 2016 with Bernie Sanders. Furthermore, she is skilled at controlling a narrative and staying on message. She will be preparing against a moving target who may say anything that comes to mind at any opportune moment.

Trump will begin buying ads soon in several swing states, though again, I doubt this will impact the race all that much. Rallies, media appearances, and TV ad time are good for small bumps here and there, but mostly in certain regions depending on the issue of the day.

At the first debate, I believe the race will change by either giving Hillary Clinton a lead that Trump cannot catch, or serve to put Trump back in contention by bringing some undecideds over to his side.

So let’s take a jump into the future and pretend it’s September 26th, and we’re all gathered around the TV (or your smart phone) watching the epic historical event unfold before our very eyes and ears…

MODERATOR: Candidates, welcome to you both. Let’s start the economy, segment one, and let’s begin with jobs. What are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs?

You have one minute. Each of you have one minute to start. A coin toss has determined, Secretary Clinton, you go first.

CLINTON: Well, thank you very much for this opportunity. I want to thank Mr. Trump and Hofstra University for your hospitality.

There are a lot of points I want to make tonight, especially when it comes to the divide that exists in America with regard to economic disparity and the income gap. There are millions of hardworking families in this country that continue to struggle even as the wealthiest continue to grow their accounts at alarming rate.

There is nothing wrong with asking the top earners in America to shoulder some of the responsibility for their fellow Americans by providing us a revenue stream through which we can initiate one of the largest infrastructure projects in American history, a plan that will let us create jobs, create good paying jobs, to lift children from poverty and secure our middle class without compromising who we are as a nation.

Thank you and I look forward to this debate.

MODERATOR: Thank you Secretary Clinton, Mr. Trump, you have 60 seconds, same question.

TRUMP: It’s wonderful to be here tonight, it’s been, it’s an amazing thing we’ve seen this campaign season, the thousands and thousands of people coming out to support us, support making America great again. We started last year with people saying ‘he won’t run, he won’t run,’ but we did it, we’re here, the American people back this message.

People want jobs, they need good paying jobs. America used to have high paying manufacturing jobs in places like Ohio, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. Our politicians used to put America first, put our workers first when it came to trade and immigration, we don’t do that anymore. Our jobs get shipped overseas, we get beaten by China, by Japan, and yes, especially by Mexico, and I don’t blame them. Our politicians have run this country into the ground for twenty-five years and we need a change. We need to put America first once again. Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thank you both. Let’s stay on the topic of jobs for right now. Mr. Trump, you’ve been a self-proclaimed champion of American workers, but your critics have pointed out that much of the merchandise manufactured for your Trump brand is made in foreign countries, from Malaysia to Indonesia, among others. How can you champion American workers if you have outsourced your own manufacturing?

Stay tuned next week for the response…

33 COMMENTS

  1. Well, I think Hillary Clinton will sweep the floor with Donald Trump in the debates. As she needs to. Otherwise God help us all if Trump becomes President. We don’t need a racist, bigot or hater as President which would be the case if Trump wins. So I really pray Hillary wins therefore. Thank you!

    • You would prefer a lying, two faced, phony, disgusting POS? Those by the way are the GOOD qualities of the Wicked Witch better known as Billary Clinton!!!?

      For the sake of decency I will leave out the bad qualities of BEELZEBUB!!!?

      • Well, we certainly don’t need a Trump presidency or God help us all. If Hillary has to lose it had better be to Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. Because if it’s to Trump I can and will move to Canada as my freedom and personal relationship with Jesus Christ comes before Donald Trump and his Neo Nazi agenda. Thank you very much!

        • How exactly will Trump come between you and Jesus Christ?

          You do know that calling people names isn’t exactly Christ like. Don’t tell me that you invoke Christ’s name for hate??

          • Because Trump will start out with deporting Muslims and Mexicans and then when He’s done with him he’ll eventually come after Christians. Do you not see the similarities between Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler? If not, I’m sorry for you. It should also bother you that He has no government experience and is too thin skinned to handle a crisis. Also, when have you ever known the economy to be good under a Republican President? In my 53+ years, never. And there’s a reason for that. It’s called the Republicans only care about millionaires and billionaires. To hell with the rest of us. I’ve already ensured two recessions. The first one under Ronald Reagan. The second one under George W Bush. So if you think I’m going to endure a third recession under Trump you’re sadly mistaken.

            • The fact that he has no government experience is one of the things that make him a desirable alternative to the crookedness of Billary. She is bought and paid for by Wall Street and the big banks.

              I am a little older than you and I advanced most in my career and increased my salary most during the Reagan years. You aren’t so young that you don’t know that RECESSIONS are cyclical, it doesn’t matter who is president.

            • Well, my Mother is 78 years old and thinks if Trump wins we’re going to have a real war on our hands. So if you’re okay with a President that’s a racist, bigot and hater that’s going to alienate us from the rest of the world if He’s elected than vote for Trump. But right now I’m blessed to have two easy jobs that I would like to keep so it is for that reason I’m voting for Hillary. And besides, I had my longest easy job as a courier back when Bill Clinton was President. I was able to quit my job up in Oregon and move to Las Vegas NV. I was only unemployed for a month and a half before I got my first full time job because of how the economy was back then. So if Hillary is anything like her husband then there’s why she’s getting my vote. Thank you!

            • I think we would be better off if you moved to Canada … as you PROMISED, in case of Trump’s win.
              Poor Canadians though.

            • You are 100% right. I worked every day of the Carter administration, starting a new better job in 79. The layoffs started in 80, under Reagan and increased in frequency and length until 86 when the well established company went under throwing 450 people out of work.
              I found work in a sheet metal job shop which was young, but growing. I worked there through the 90s, making increasing wages and as many hours as I could stand. I believe Bill Clinton was in office most of that time. In 2001 they went out of business. I think that maybe that Bush character was in office then. I found work in a well established company that made fuel tanks for Navistar. It was a good, union, job. Three years later they went belly up along with the Navistar plant, idling 130 people at our plant and I don’t know how many at the much bigger Navistar plant, and that was also under Bush. I wonder who cares more about common people like us?

          • This is certainly interesting seeing you call someone down for calling names. And after your posts calling everyone nasty names. Do you invoke Christ’s name while you support Trump. I will not invoke Christ’s name in any event, religion and politics are a bad match.
            You seem to have a real problem showing respect to anyone other than your chosen God ( this, of course is D. Trump). I can’t quite decide whether you were the playground bully and have never outgrown the habit. Or if you were the perennial victim on the playground and are spending your adult life trying to get even. I really suspect the latter and suspect you are trapped in some wired Stockholm syndrome where Trump represents the worst bully,burned into your memory of the playground. You are determined to please him to stop the shame and make you as ” cool” as he is.
            I hate to break it to you, but it won’t work. Try psychotherapy.

        • The tsunami of muslims invading the US if the crooked one wins, is what will come in between you and yourJesus.
          And you DON’T WANT that!

          • Well, I believe the Lord’s in control and whoever He wants to win the general election is who’s going to win. Because one thing I know I’ll be praying if Trump wins is for the Lord to do to him as he did to Saul in the Bible. And if you don’t know what that is then I would suggest that you read the Bible and educate yourself. Thank you!

            • what is wrong with deporting illegals? they are criminals…. or did you not know that? also most muslims are not terrorists,,,,, BUT… most terrorists are muslims!

            • I’m not against deporting illegal immigrants. I’m against Trump deporting Muslims because He’s lumping them all together calling them terrorists when not all of them are. I met a Muslim Guy running for office here in Las Vegas and He was very nice. So to me Trump should not be calling all Muslims terrorists and Mexicans rapists considering that the majority of rapists are white. Not of color like Trump is claiming because He’s a racist, bigot and hater. Something’s wrong if you support a guy who has to rely on teleprompters to communicate his message that was technically written by someone else. You need to wake up and realize how dangerous Trump actually is. At least when Hillary is giving her speeches she speaks from the heart and doesn’t rely on teleprompters. Unlike her opponent who clearly has his supporters brainwashed into believing his lies like that of Adolph Hitler back in the 1930s. And in case you didn’t know Germany paid the ultimate price and became a Neo Nazi dictatorship. And if you didn’t agree with what He was doing he put you the Auschwitz concentration. If you think I’m going to support a candidate that could do the same to this country come January 20th, 2017 that Hitler did to Germany back in the 1930s you’re sadly mistaken. I would like this country to stay free like it has been the last 240 years rather than throw that away with Donald J Trump who is going to make this country a Neo Nazi dictatorship in which you’re being told when to eat, when to sleep, when to think and when to breathe. That is why I’ll move to Canada if Trump is elected. And for your sake I hope there’s no rioting out in the streets if He’s elected. Because I think that’s a pretty good possibility considering that most of the is Hispanic and not White. Thank you!

            • Speaking from a teleprompter ??? I think you are talking about the last 8 years of obama…… and as for someone telling you what to eat or even drink……. I think you need to look at mechelle…… she likes telling school kids what to eat…. and it is the democrats that want to stop you and me from drinking soda…..As for riots ?? I am a retired Police officer and I am very confident that I can protect myself and my family from just about any rioter. As for the muslim problem.. I will once again say “most muslims are not terrorists… But MOST terrorists are muslim”

            • tellingou’re evidently not understanding what I’m saying by Neo Nazi dictatorship. I think you need to read up on Hitler’s Germany to understand what I’m trying to say. If you’re okay with having an armed guard standing outside your house or apartment telling you when you can come and go vote for Trump. But if you want to continue to come or go as you please then vote either Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson or Jill Stein.
              But don’t vote for Donald Trump or I think you will regret your vote later. Thank you!

            • So you avoid replying about who has spoken from a teleprompter for the last 8 years, and who says what other people write… and you failed to mention what party wants to control what people eat and drink… What possibly makes you think that trump will have armed guards telling people where to go or when they can leave ? and you also missed the part where MOST TERRORISTS ARE MUSLIMS !!!!!!!

            • haha, cant stand the facts !!!!!!!!!!!! no reply to what real democrats are like and how they want to control your life, and no reply that most terrorists are muslims !!!!

            • No, that’s the lies the Republicans are telling you that you choose to believe. I watched the Democratic National Convention on CNN. And I listened to a lot of People speak. And I choose to believe what they say rather than the hateful Republicans you choose to listen to. I’m so sorry you’re letting Donald Trump think for you rather than think for yourself. So if you want to let Donald Trump think for you whatever. But I’ll be damned if I let him think for me. Thank you. Right now I have two easy jobs I would like to keep and will not have losing under Trump. And I’m finally programming Electronic Chill on two Radio stations. And I’m not going to have that cut short by a Trump presidency. Thank you very much. Also, as a Christian I can’t in good conscience vote for a racist, bigot and hater like Trump. So get on with your life. Thank you!

            • The federal government is taking steps to fine schools that do not comply with first lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules.

              The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a proposed rule Monday to codify parts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Mrs. Obama.

              The regulation would punish schools and state departments with fines for “egregious or persistent disregard” for the lunch rules that imposed sodium and calorie limits and banned white grains.

              A West Virginia preschool teacher was threatened with fines for violating the rules by rewarding her students with candy for good behavior in June 2015. The teacher ultimately did not have to pay, but the school had to develop a “corrective action plan” with training on the policies.

              The government now seeks to make fines enforceable by regulation. Section 303 of the law requires that the federal government “establish criteria for the imposition of fines” for all the Department of Agriculture’s child food programs.

              DEMOCRAT TELLING YOU WHAT TO EAT !!!

            • There seems to be some truth in the old saying that the third time’s the charm, at least when it comes to Philadelphia’s passage of a soda tax. After two previous attempts failed, on 16 June Philadelphia’s city council voted to pass a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on both regular and diet soda beverages.
              DEMOCRATS IN PHILADELPHIA, telling you what to drink !!!

            • what is racist about wanting to deport Illegal Immigrants ? what is racist about a wall between USA and mexico ? What is racist about not wanting muslims not coming here to blow us up ? or kill christians ??

      • I see you are still hiding behind your made up name to spew unfounded and unsubstantiated attacks on Ms. Clinton. You attack her incessantly, offering no evidence to back up your claims while promoting a shameless narcissist who will say, or do anything to win. Hillary Clinton has provided well documented plans for how she would proceed if (when) she is elected. Donald Trump, on the other hand can’t be accused of flip-flipping on any issue because he has faced neatly in every direction over the full 360 degrees on every issue he has ever addressed.
        Just curious, do you count yourself among the white supremacists that he chooses to represent?

        • For 25 years I have seen Hillary jump from one unelected post to another. Do you remember CLINTON CARE. I doubt anyone didn’t know that she let her PHILANDERING HUSBAND fool around while he was president, as long as she was able to pull his strings and make decisions. Decisions that were passed off as his.

          She is a power hungry MEGALOMANIAC of the first class. There is no doubt that Trump has his faults, but his faults are all visible for all to see. Billary on the other hand hides her numerous scandals by pointing fingers.

          You know she did so last week when reporters were getting too close to the shady dealings of the CLINTON FOUNDATION. She came up with a DESPERATE diversionary move by calling the 31 million readers of BREITBART, RACISTS.

          To answer your question, no I don’t think of myself as a WHITE SUPREMACIST, just someone who can spot a PHONY like Hillarious Clinton a mile away. Now I have a question for you. Do you consider yourself a mindless LEMMING or a SHEEPLE??

          • Readers of Breitbart are racists. You are showing more of who you are. You are indeed a racist, but when you call yourself a republican, isn’t the raceist part just understood?

  2. I can’t shake this feeling that something unexpected is going to happen in the next 6-8 weeks. I don’t know what it is but it will shock many of the pundits because even some of the Hillary supporters will turn to Trump. It will be a grave matter, something really serious, and I wish I knew what it was, but the election will definitely swing in Trump’s favor.

    • I’m not sure anything unexpected will have to happen. The polls have been swinging wildly. Trump has said he won’t begin to fight until after Labor Day.

      • Please refer to the reply to the last post.
        Also please stop trying to hide our bias against Clinton. It shows plainly here and whenever you post about Pothead.
        And by the way what about Alleppo?

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