Trump lost the Wisconsin primary in a resounding manner last night. It seems this larger-than-life personality even knows how to lose big.
Not that it wasn’t expected. The pundits have been opining about Trump’s decline for months now. And it seems no one can survive a multi-million dollar blitz of negative advertising.
Moreover, Trump made a series of unforced errors that played into the burgeoning narrative. Perhaps most damaging was his unfamiliarity with the right-to-life position on abortion, even though his response was the logical one. If abortion really is murder, then, according to the pro-choice camp, it should be punished accordingly.
Of course, the pro-life position, as we all know how, treats the woman as a victim rather than a perpetrator and suggests punishing the doctor instead. But Trump’s attempt to respond to an impromptu series of questions by Chris Matthews put him on the wrong side of the answer.
According to his detractors, this shows Trump has not “thought through” the issues, and his relatively recent conversion to conservative values is a sham.
Trump needs to pick up his marbles and leave Wisconsin behind, focusing instead on the upcoming delegate-rich state of New York. It may take two weeks, however, for the narrative to change, and in that time, it could do incalculable harm.