Donald Trump is officially the Republican nominee. But there is a very good chance he will not make it to Election Day.
No, it's not because the #NeverTrump movement will deny him the nomination; that ship has sailed. The feeble hashtag-disguised-as-strategy Hail Mary came to an abrupt, merciful end on Tuesday. Trump's official nomination as the Republican Party's candidate for President of the United States proved once and for all what has been plainly evident for months: no GOP elites--and certainly no alternative GOP presidential candidate--have the power to stop Trump. And the reason is simple: Trump's leverage in this negotiation comes not from his chances of winning a general election (which are poor), or from his campaign bank account (which is very poor), but from the GOP base itself. So let's be clear--only one person can stop Donald Trump from making it to Election Day, and it's Donald Trump.
If there is a single key to understanding what motivates Trump--that is, other than his extreme narcissism--it is his determination to avoid, at all costs, the pain of humiliation. Not surprisingly, the two are closely linked, as narcissism is often fueled by deep insecurity. In 1964, when he was just a teenager, Trump attended the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn. At the time it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, and a crowd of 5,000 looked on as the top politicians in New York marked the occasion, and took credit. Trump would later tell a New York Times reporter that he learned a lifelong lesson that day. Of all the important men who were recognized at the bridge opening, one man was never mentioned: Othmar Ammann, the engineer who actually designed it. Ammann had not only designed the Verrazano Bridge; he'd been engineering New York's most famous bridges for decades. In all he designed more than half of New York's major bridges, including the George Washington Bridge, the Bayonne Bridge, and the Lincoln Tunnel. "I realized then and there that if you let people treat you how they want, you'll be made a fool," Trump remembered. "I don't want to be anyone's sucker."
At this moment, it is entirely possible--likely even--that Trump is genuinely confident he will win. His ego and narcissism seem to know no bounds, and he proved nearly everyone wrong in the primaries when he vanquished all 16 of his GOP opponents. And yet, Trump has consistently trailed Hillary Clinton in the aggregate poll averages. Any threat of criminal prosecution for her State Department email practices has been safely put to rest, and Bernie Sanders' endorsement will likely facilitate a consolidation of the Democratic coalition. It is more likely that Clinton's lead will grow than that it will narrow. If the race were to snowball into a landslide Clinton win--a result so clear and unarguable it could actually tear down the façade of winning and genius that is Trump's lifeblood--it would do eminently more damage to his brand and psyche than any of the usual criticisms ever could.
When Mitt Romney denounced Trump last month as someone who stands for "racism or xenophobia, misogyny, [and] bigotry," Trump belittled Romney for his 2012 performance, saying he "lost the election badly," and "choked like a dog." But if Trump loses to Hillary Clinton, the same word would sum up Trump that he used to describe Romney: loser.
That...Donald Trump simply cannot abide.
WHY TRUMP (CURRENTLY) THINKS HE WILL WIN
Trump thinks he will win because his unfathomable ego cannot fathom anything else. The circular logic that is Trump's political appeal is that he is a genius billionaire who is always winning because, well, he is a winner. Furthermore, conservative voters have been conditioned by decades of manipulation and exploitation at the hands of right-wing politicians and media to make off with their votes, and their money. If "Conservatives Have Groomed the Perfect Suckers for Trump's Epic Scam", Trump has likely also conned himself.
Consequently, not often in today's choose-your-own-adventure media world does reality intervene to penetrate the bubble of right-wing confirmation bias. In 2014, Bill Maher coined the term "zombie lies," which are political statements that are definitively proven wrong yet refuse to die. Polls show that large numbers of Republicans continue to believe that President Obama is a secret Muslim born in Kenya; that cutting taxes somehow increases government revenue; that evolution isn't real and children used to ride on the backs of dinosaurs; that Global Warming is a liberal hoax; that Obamacare uses death panels, was a government takeover of the healthcare industry, would be a job-killer, and no one would sign up for it; that voter fraud is a real and pervasive problem in America; that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11; and that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Given Trump's own certainty of his destiny for greatness, and the positive feedback loop likely coming from his campaign lackeys and diehard supporters, Trump at the moment probably thinks he is headed for the White House.
WHY HILLARY COULD TAKE A COMMANDING LEAD
Most of the hard math, however, suggests otherwise. Sam Wang notes that according to state-by-state polls, "the Presidential race shows Hillary Clinton slightly ahead of where Barack Obama was at this point in 2008 and 2012. So far, the 2016 race has been stable." Wang's model puts Clinton's chances of winning at about 80 percent. Nate Silver shows the race closer, projecting Clinton with a 61 percent chance of winning. The Upshot model favors Clinton with a 76 percent win probability.
Meanwhile, Obama's approval ratings are holding steady above 50 percent, and the economy is generally solid. Democrats also have significant demographic advantages. Trump has raised no money, and shows little ability to do so (#TrumpSoPoor recently trended on Twitter as the internets mocked Trump's empty campaign coffers). Top Republicans are distancing themselves; speakers at this week's Republican National Convention are limited to such luminaries as Scott Baio from Happy Days, Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, and soap opera actor Antonio Sabato Jr. No rising stars in the Republican Party would even be considered to be Trump's running mate, and his regret-filled selection of Mike Pence was unveiled in laughable fashion. Trump is challenged to even staff his campaign with any top Republican operatives, as none of them want his stink on their resumes.
Any long-shot hope of formal criminal charges surrounding Hillary Clinton's email practices as Secretary of State were dashed recently when the FBI recommended against prosecution. And Bernie Sanders' recent endorsement of Hillary means next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia should be fairly harmonious, and that most Bernie supporters will coalesce in support of the Democratic nominee.
The demographic math in Hillary's favor is even starker than the current polling numbers. Despite Trump's hope of a "silent majority" of white voters flooding the polls in November, even normally susceptible Beltway reporters might not take the bait. Obama's back-to-back wins in 2008 and 2012 put America's twenty-first century demographic math on full display. Consider: in 1980, Ronald Reagan won 56 percent of the white vote, and carried 44 states. In 2012, Romney won 59 percent of the white vote, and lost in an Electoral College landslide. This year, Hillary Clinton will enjoy a decided demographic advantage among Millennials, people of color, and unmarried women--all growing segments of the electorate. Nonwhites, who vote consistently Democratic and went 80 percent for Obama in 2008 and 2012, will increase by 2 percentage points as a share of the electorate, accounting for an estimated 30 percent of all voters in 2016.
In a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, Donald Trump got 0 percent among black voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Zero. Not surprisingly, Trump's overt racism toward Mexicans has not helped, either. George W. Bush won 44 percent of Hispanics in 2004 in his narrow reelection. In 2008, John McCain won only 31 percent of Hispanic voters. By 2012, Romney's support among Hispanics was just 27 percent. And in a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll, Trump had the support of only 14 percent of Hispanics. Meanwhile, an April poll showed Hillary beating Trump badly among Millennials, 61-25. That's even better than Obama's dominating performance over McCain among these voters in 2008. About 4 million new Millennials are joining the electorate every year. Experts estimate they will comprise about 36 percent of eligible voters and a third of actual voters in 2016.
As Trump's inability to raise money and run an actual, competent general election campaign collides with the Clinton-Obama juggernaut's state of the art operation--including heavy ad spending, sophisticated analytics, and intensive field operations in every battleground state--Trump's poll numbers are unlikely to rise above what appears to be his ceiling in the low 40s. In fact, his numbers could sink even lower if his campaign continues to flounder. Assuming Clinton consolidates support after the Democratic Convention, a consistent lead in the polls approaching double digits could prophesize a humiliating landslide loss for Trump. And at the hands of a woman no less, it could be the ultimate humiliation for the nation's leading misogynist.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TRUMP: WHY HE WOULD QUIT THE RACE
A presidential election with real, cold results is the one thing that could cut through Trump's bullshit veneer of awesomeness. Indeed, during the 2012 campaign, Obama held a relatively small but stable lead over Romney in state and national polls for months. As the election drew near, leading poll aggregators like Nate Silver, Sam Wang, Drew Linzer and others projected with high confidence that Obama would win easily. Yet a sizable contingent on the right simply chose to deny the empirical evidence. Joe Scarborough mocked Nate Silver just one week before the election for suggesting the data showed it was more likely Obama would win. George Will predicted a Romney landslide. Peggy Noonan predicted Romney would win because she saw he had large crowd sizes and lots of yard signs. "Unskewedpolls.com" became every right-winger's favorite site for a time that fall because it weighted the polls to show a huge Romney lead. Meanwhile, many Republicans simply chose to stop believing in the accuracy of statistical inference.
As a result, Republicans were positively shocked at the election results. Romney's own pollsters had constructed an outdated model of the demographics of the American electorate to give their boss encouraging results and buoy his spirits. Consequently, Romney and Paul Ryan were left dumfounded; their high-priced campaign pollsters misled them about an election result they could have seen coming for free on Silver's, Wang's, or Linzer's blogs. There was no sorcery in the math--these blogs simply projected the likely outcome of the election by aggregating publicly available, state-level polling data, which has proven to be highly accurate and reliable in modern presidential general elections, especially due to the highly polarized nature of the American electorate.
Even the great Republican Svengali Karl Rove suffered a meltdown on live television when he doubted the math of the statisticians at the Fox News decision desk. After all, the actual voting results--though entirely consistent with state-level polling leading up to the election--conflicted with Rove's deeply held faith that Romney would win. (Lest anyone think it was only recently that Rove was out of touch with electoral math reality, it's worth remembering that he had George W. Bush waste precious final hours campaigning in California in the waning days of the 2000 election--a state Bush lost to Gore by a whopping 12 points--as Florida hung in the balance.)
On the one hand, if presumably sane people like Mitt Romney, Karl Rove, George Will, and professional Republican pollsters could discount empirical data to convince themselves Romney would win in 2012, surely Trump is having no trouble doing the same thing now. But in 2012, the media played the race as a tossup, though it wasn't. If things really go sideways for Trump over the next month or two, even the media's coverage of the race may take on a decidedly different flavor.
Trump's unveiling of running mate Mike Pence was a disaster, and his convention is flirting with an even bigger disaster. Things are bad, and will likely get worse for the reasons listed above. There may well come a time when reality creeps in even to Trump's own narcissistic brain, if only because his desire to not be humiliated edges out his delusions of grandeur. Even he may soon realize, if he does not already, that he is not only headed for defeat, but for an epic ass-kicking. Not just a respectable, Mitt Romney-type loss, but an utter, humiliating landslide.
Trump is not likely to suffer such a defeat with class and dignity.
Let's face it: going down with the ship gracefully would be about the most conventional, un-Trump-like thing he could do. Isn't he much more likely to pull a stunt only Trump would dare?
If Hillary builds on her current lead, how bad would it have to get before a man so self-absorbed he once claimed he has "the world's greatest memory" realizes he's about to be a national laughing stock? Put another way, how much of The Donald's public persona reflects his genuine delusional narcissism...and how much is simply the shameless masquerade of a charlatan?
Narcissism of the first order explains why Trump plasters his name on anything and everything he can, from hotels and casinos to airplanes, cologne, and even steaks. It also seems to explain Trump's thirst for social approval more generally. Psychologist Dan McAdams of Northwestern University recently contemplated "The Mind of Donald Trump", and concluded that narcissism, disagreeableness, and grandiosity were the defining traits responsible for Trump being Trump:
For psychologists, it is almost impossible to talk about Donald Trump without using the word narcissism. Asked to sum up Trump's personality for an article in Vanity Fair, Howard Gardner, a psychologist at Harvard, responded, "Remarkably narcissistic." George Simon, a clinical psychologist who conducts seminars on manipulative behavior, says Trump is "so classic that I'm archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there's no better example" of narcissism. "Otherwise I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He's like a dream come true."
Many have speculated that it was Obama's epic takedown of Trump at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in 2011 that drove Trump to finally put up and run for president for real in 2016. Obama's artful dismembering of Trump that night is well known by now. And it was seen as especially impressive when the world found out, just one day later, that behind the smile and wisecracks that night, the Commander in Chief had weighing on his mind the Navy SEAL mission that would kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik wrote:
What was really memorable about the event, though, was Trump's response. Seated a few tables away from us magazine scribes, Trump's humiliation was as absolute, and as visible, as any I have ever seen: his head set in place, like a man in a pillory, he barely moved or altered his expression as wave after wave of laughter struck him. There was not a trace of feigning good humor about him, not an ounce of the normal politician's, or American regular guy's "Hey, good one on me!" attitude--that thick-skinned cheerfulness that almost all American public people learn, however painfully, to cultivate. No head bobbing or hand-clapping or chin-shaking or sheepish grinning--he sat perfectly still, chin tight, in locked, unmovable rage. If he had not just embarked on so ugly an exercise in pure racism, one might almost have felt sorry for him.
Trump practically fled the event, and disappeared to lick his wounds. Apparently he watched enough right-wing media to nail the GOP id (SPOILER: it mostly consists of unapologetic racism against Mexicans and Muslims, and the obnoxious notion that political correctness is the root of all of America's problems). Trump basked in the media frenzy that followed him in the GOP primaries as he made one offensive declaration after another, serving the Republican base the red meat it craved. In the brave new world of ratings-driven entertainment media, sober candidates with actual governing experience like Jeb Bush and John Kasich never stood a chance. Trump basked in the attention and success. McAdams explains the psychological forces at play:
A cardinal feature of high extroversion is relentless reward-seeking. Prompted by the activity of dopamine circuits in the brain, highly extroverted actors are driven to pursue positive emotional experiences, whether they come in the form of social approval, fame, or wealth. Indeed, it is the pursuit itself, more so even than the actual attainment of the goal, that extroverts find so gratifying. When Barbara Walters asked Trump in 1987 whether he would like to be appointed president of the United States, rather than having to run for the job, Trump said no: "It's the hunt that I believe I love."
The Art of the Deal ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, gave further insight into Trump's psyche recently in a tell-all confessional to The New Yorker's Jane Mayer. Schwartz kept a journal during the entire project, and was amazed at Trump's personality, which seemed completely driven by an insatiable hunger for public attention. On October 21, 1986, Schwartz wrote, "All he is is 'stomp, stomp, stomp'--recognition from outside, bigger, more, a whole series of things that go nowhere in particular."
Mayer also writes:
Schwartz told me that Trump's need for attention is "completely compulsive," and that his bid for the Presidency is part of a continuum. "He's managed to keep increasing the dose for forty years," Schwartz said. After he'd spent decades as a tabloid titan, "the only thing left was running for President. If he could run for emperor of the world, he would."
Finally, Trump's deep insecurity is betrayed by his tendencies toward projection--the psychological defense mechanism humans use to attribute to others what they are most ashamed or afraid of in themselves. Trump made the falsehoods about Obama's origins the centerpiece of his 2011 presidential flirtation, just as he has made "dangerous" Mexican and Muslim immigrants the focal point of his 2016 campaign. But in The Art of the Deal, Trump tells of his father's birth in New Jersey to Swedish parents, though in reality his parents were German and he was born in the Bronx. His last name was originally Drumpf, not Trump. He has often gone out of his way to insist that he made his successes all on his own, and even disparaged wealthy heirs as members of "the Lucky Sperm Club." Then there was the time he called Hillary stupid and misspelled a word in the same tweet. Stay tuned for next week when Trump goes after Hillary for having bad hair, an orange face, and small hands.
Whether Trump began this presidential campaign as merely an ego-driven conquest, a moneymaking venture, or just a desperate attempt to reverse the humiliation Obama dished out in 2011, we can only guess whether this dog ever actually expected to catch the car. But it might just be that the only part of Trump's bizarre psychology more dominant than his egomaniacal delusions of grandeur are his extreme insecurity and fear of humiliation. If his campaign goes south in a hurry, don't be surprised if Trump goes full sour grapes and pulls the ejection handle.
If this were to actually happen, the Republican Party rules authorize the RNC to fill the vacancy, either through a second national convention, or by the votes of each state's RNC members. A new nominee selected this way would be required to win a majority of votes to officially claim the nomination and the right to run as the GOP candidate for president.
Here is the speech Trump will give if he quits the race:
Thank you! Thank you! Oh would you look at all these people! Unbelievable! Tremendous! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I've never seen anything like this!
You know, I'm a businessman. I've been unbelievably successful--my whole career. It's amazing how successful I am. I've employed tens of thousands of people! People call me up--friends of mine--and say "Thank you for giving me this chance!" And the businesses I've built are the best. There is no better brand in the world than the Trump brand!
Look at these losers who spent their whole life in politics. And you watch these people--like "Crooked Hillary" Clinton. Can you believe what a loser she is? Running for president, I've noticed something, OK? You watch these people--and you see people talking--about how many stupid people we have running our government, OK? Believe me. Really stupid people.
I'm used to working with really talented people--the best! That's who I hire to run all my successful businesses. They're the best, OK? Because I attract the best talent, and I only tolerate the best. In my businesses, and in my campaign. If you're not the best and you can't do the job, you're fired. Simple as that, OK? Only the best work for Trump. And everybody wants to work for me, OK? Believe me.
But I've had dealings with stupid people before, ladies and gentlemen. That I can tell you. I know stupid people when I see them. Like the Koreans. They're stupid, you want to know the truth. And that Mexican judge in my Trump University case. What an idiot! And Barack Obama. Seriously, have we ever had a president as stupid as him? There is something going on with him that we don't know about.
When I deal with stupid people, usually I give them exactly what they deserve, OK? I make deals that are tremendous for me, and terrible for them. Believe me--I take them for all they're worth in negotiations. Or, if they work for me and I find out they're incompetent, I fire them--that I can tell you!
But believe me, these people in politics today are some of the stupidest people I have ever come across. That's why we have so many problems, folks. That's why our country is such a mess.
But something else has also become very, very clear to me, OK? The system is rigged. It's rigged in favor of career politicians who are literally bought and paid for by special interests and lobbyists. So these idiot politicians don't actually have any power, OK? I'm not joking, people. I've seen it up close, and it's disgusting. Barack Obama can't so much as take a crap without asking special interests for permission. And Crooked Hillary can't wipe her ass without permission from lobbyists (and now you know why it took her so long to get back from that bathroom break during that debate with Bernie--disgusting!).
Can you imagine how humiliating that must be to be Barack Obama? First black president, and he finds out he's a slave to lobbyists and special interests! What a dope, OK?
Ladies and gentlemen, this campaign has only proven to you all what I knew from the very start. Why do you think I ran for president, OK? Believe me--I have enormous wealth! Trump did not have to run for president to get attention--that I can tell you. It's the other way around. People called me--thousands of people--and begged me to run for president. And you listen to these people. There's a real problem in this country, and nobody knows what it is. This is serious, folks.
But people have called me and asked me to run for president before. I never had any interest. I already knew that the only people with any real power in this country are people who are successful in business. And nobody--and I mean nobody--has been more successful than Trump. You shouldn't have any doubt about that, OK?
I was so successful at business I was bored with it. But I was really sick of what was happening to this country. That's why I ran for president. It wasn't because I wanted to win. I don't want that job, but believe me--I never doubted for a second I could win. It's because there was a tremendous problem out there. There's a tremendous hatred out there. Something bad is happening. And nobody seems to understand the problem. We have become so politically correct that we don't know what the hell we're doing. We don't know what we're doing.
But I wasn't afraid to say what it was. Mexicans are coming here in droves. Rapists and drug mules, OK? Muslims are coming here in droves. We're talking real ISIS terrorists who chop people's heads off. And China has made America a complete laughing stock. And the politicians are truly very stupid people. They don't know what the problem is, and they're afraid to say it out loud, OK? I said before 9/11 that Osama bin Laden is going to come and do damage to us. And nobody believed it. I said ISIS was going to continue to terrorize American cities. And look what happened. They said Trump was being divisive. We have to coddle the Muslims! All of a sudden, and you watch what happens, and you see people talking, and they say Trump was right! We have to kill these people. And their families. I'm not scared of them. They should be scared of me!
That's why I ran for president. And you would not believe how many people are calling me--every day--thanking me for saying what people were afraid to say. Look how easy it was for me to beat these idiots at their own game. Just complete losers, believe me. I didn't even try. And I beat all 16 of those Republicans. Jeb Bush? No energy--pathetic! Look at Sweaty Marco Rubio. Seriously, what is he so nervous about? There's something going on there.
Let's get real, people. Does anyone really think I would have any trouble beating Hillary in this race? I could beat her with my eyes closed. She really is a stupid person, want to know the truth. But I won't say that about someone who might be the next dummy to sit in the White House and pretend to be in charge of something. I won't say that. I don't want to have any controversies. So I refuse to say that Hillary is a stupid person. I've known her for a long time. She's a lovely person. But really stupid. And ugly. Ugh, that face! When you're really smart, when you're really, really smart like I am--it's true, it's true, it's always been true, it's always been true.
But Hillary is so stupid, she's never accomplished anything in her entire life on her own. That's why nobody can stand her. You know why the working man loves me? Because those guys know I didn't inherit what I've got, OK? But everything Hillary has is all because of her husband.
I would've beaten Hillary Clinton so easily, she would've been embarrassed. I've never failed at anything, believe me. And then this country would see what it's like to have a president that is truly great. I could've been more presidential than anybody. I could've been more presidential--and I've said this--than any president we've ever had--if I wanted to be. Except for Abe Lincoln. And I really think I would've been the most modest president, too.
I do think this country needs to see what it's like to have a truly great president again. I have no doubt I would've been the best president since Lincoln.
But let's get real, OK? There's no real power in politics. I've had so many people--friends of mine--call me up. They call me up to thank me. To thank me for running for president, and showing the country just what idiot political leaders we have. Just very stupid people. And we have to understand the root problem. We can't make America great again until we understand the problem. I did that in my campaign. I didn't have to run. But I felt the American people needed to know, OK? So I did it. I'm a tremendously generous person. Believe me, Trump gives millions to charity.
But tonight is a very proud night for me, and Melania, and my whole family. I am so very proud to be the first major party nominee to have the balls to tell the American people that their government is a joke. And I'm proving it by walking away. I'm walking away from fake power, to prove what real power is. And tonight, let me tell you, so many people out there are going to be thrilled to know I am going to continue doing what I do better than anyone else on the planet: run the Trump empire, and make this country great again.
And I'm so pleased--just delighted--that so many Americans--real Americans--are behind me in this movement. I've exposed Hillary as a figurehead, and exposed all of these losers in government. You wanna know why they hate me--why they really hate me? That's why. I let all of you in on the game. That's why they hate me!
This is not an end, this is a beginning, believe me. Ladies and gentlemen, I am announcing tonight the greatest single television channel in this history of our country.
This is the future of media. Trump doesn't need to be surrounded by stupid people in government to Make American Great Again. As probably the nation's top leader in business, I'll be free to do what Obama, Hillary, and George W. Bush could not, OK? I'll speak directly to you--the American people--on a regular basis. Tune in every night and I'll teach you how we can take our country back. Believe me, people, we will Make America Great Again--that I can tell you.
And I have another announcement tonight. You're going to love this, ladies and gentlemen. We're going to prove to these idiot politicians how fed up America is with them. I am announcing tonight that TrumpTV will launch on Election Night. Trust me, folks, I cannot wait to expose just how stupid and irrelevant these losers are. So be sure to tune in to TrumpTV on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 8 pm Eastern time. This will be news and entertainment like nothing America has ever seen before, believe me. And folks, there will be absolutely no political correctness on TrumpTV--that I can tell you!
Believe me, people, I get internal polling every day--and my pollsters are the best. Don't believe what you see in the liberal media--I was leading this race by a mile the entire time. Hillary would not have known what hit her. She never had any answer for Trump. But the truth is, I don't need it. I don't. Believe me, my plane is better than Air Force One. Faster, newer, classier. It is tremendous--just more impressive in every way, believe me.
Politics needs me, but I don't need politics. These idiots in government lie to themselves about what's really happening. They don't want to offend anyone. So they never mention the root problem. But you folks gathered here tonight--and the millions watching at home--you know we've got to figure out what's happening. You don't want to be suckers anymore in this game of political correctness and corruption. You want to know the truth. And as God as my witness, I will tell you the truth on TrumpTV, believe me.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have businesses to run. Amazing businesses. You would not believe the new projects I'm starting. Everyone wants to work with Trump now--even more than before! Together we will Make America Great Again! Join me on TrumpTV on November 8th. You're not going to believe what you see. You're not going to believe what I have to tell you. Believe me!
Just know, ladies and gentlemen, that I would've been the greatest president God ever created--that I can tell you! Thank you! Thank you! You're the greatest! I love you!