The Republican establishment is setting traps for Donald Trump in many ways, some more nefarious than others. These include the use of tricky questions and tactics, and then characterizing his most obvious response.
The use of protestors at Trump rallies, constantly interrupting his speeches at key points, enables the establishment to discourage attendance at his rallies. By making his events seem risky or prone to violence, the establishment can paint him as somehow encouraging violence even though he is completely powerless to stop the interruptions. When your speech has been interrupted three or four times at key moments, anyone would lash out in frustration.
Yesterday, the anti-Trump forces sunk to a new low. Mr. Trump was asked if he would consider using nuclear weapons against Isis. Of course, this question is unanswerable, on a par with “Do you still beat your wife?” There is no response Trump could give without preserving the United States’ strategic deterrence. Then, Trump’s detractors in the television media were able to run a summary at the bottom of the screen, “Trump Mulls the Use of Nuclear Weapons.”
Whether the establishment’s traps will ultimately defeat Mr. Trump remains to be seen, but it may be almost impossible for them to prevent Mr. Trump from reaching 1237. And if they should ultimately prevail, they will smash the Republican Party into a million pieces.