Can Trump change?

That’s the question at the heart of Molly Ball’s recent Atlantic article.  I think the evidence so far is, if by “change” you mean actually conduct himself with thoughtfullnes and civility, the answer is a resounding no.  This take from a Republican consultant is so awesome:

The Republicans who oppose Trump are rather bearish on this prospect. To them, the judge controversy proved conclusively that there will be no new-and-improved general-election Trump, and showed they were right all along about his divisive tendencies.

“I am getting I-told-you-so delivered to my house by the truckload every day,” Rick Wilson, the Florida Republican consultant who has vocally opposed Trump from the beginning, told me. “I am eating up the I-told-you-so like a fat kid eats cake.”

Wilson had little patience for the idea that Trump might still turn it around. “He’s 70 years old. He’s a narcissistic sociopath. He’s not going to change,” he said. “There is no better version of Donald Trump, no mindful, serious, presidential version, only the reality-TV, con-man, pro-wrestling dipshit Donald Trump.” [emphasis mine]

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to Can Trump change?

  1. rgbact says:

    I was giggling after Indiana when media started pushing the “and here comes the new general election non divisive policy focused Trump. Thats not his game. Wishing people will change is one of the top mistakes in politics. Motivating your base is so big in politics these days and Trump doesn’t want to risk losing his. Only way he’ll attempt to change is if the polls start really getting bad. Then, I have no clue what stunts he’ll pull. . .

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