Remember when Donald Trump talked about how he was going to become a different person for the general election? “If I want to be, I can be more presidential than anybody,” he said, adding that he’ll be “more presidential than anybody other than the great Abe Lincoln. He was very presidential, right?”
Well not anymore — the anticipated general election “pivot” to a more Lincolnesque Trump is off the table, at least for the moment. The presumptive Republican nominee has obviously decided that he’s not going to change a thing, despite the fact that he now has to appeal to a general electorate that holds the candidate they’ve seen over the last year in a high degree of contempt. “You win the pennant and now you’re in the World Series — you gonna change?” Trump told The New York Times. “People like the way I’m doing.”
And it’s not just his personality he’ll be sticking with. In a separate interview with the AP, Trump said that he won’t bother trying to mount a sophisticated data operation to identify and turn out voters the way Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012. “My best investment is my rallies,” he said. “The people go home, they tell their friends they loved it. It’s been good.”
To which Hillary Clinton would no doubt respond: Sounds great to me, Donald. You do you.