Donald Trump is carefully preparing to win the general election, and his preliminary tactics include silence. Unlike other opponents, he has not pivoted yet and is clearly holding back on his attacks prior to launching a shock-and-awe campaign against the presumptive Democratic nominee.
The sound and fury of what is to come can be discerned by the one time Hillary attacked him for misogyny, and Trump called her husband a sexual abuser in return. She quickly stopped the insult.
Trump will focus all his efforts on the nomination, keeping up the de facto background on the email server scandal. Then, after a barnstorming and triumphant convention — look for Trump to secure about 1,400 delegates for an easy win — he will concentrate his efforts on Hillary like a laser beam.
First, he will give Hillary a nickname, similar to his branding efforts on Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, labelled low energy, Lyin’ Ted and Little Marco respectively. And he will wait for the attacks to come from Hillary, then punch back ferociously. Any nefarious comment by any organization supporting Hillary will be treated as an attack by Hillary herself.
The Clinton campaign should prepare thoroughly for the coming tsunami because it will eclipse Mr. Trump’s former efforts against his Republican rivals.