Donald Trump moved five spaces closer to the finish line in this game the Americans call an election, causing many of our fellow colonialists to fly into near panic mode.
John Kasich swallowed his pride and the clump of bile in his throat and joined forces with fellow Republican Ted Cruz, thinking together they could stack the odds against Trump.
But Trump won overwhelmingly in the primary votes in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, leaving the pair to wonder, what the bloody hell is going on?
Cruz, meanwhile, has been sneaking around behind the scenes, hoping to find enough delegates slightly less disgusted by him than they are of Trump, with some success, which goes to show how dire things are.
But the five aces Trump laid down on Tuesday mean he’s almost mathematically guaranteed to win on the first vote and become the Republican candidate for President, with his smugness set to rise to record heights also.
With the Republican win all but in the bag, Trump’s been turning his attention to the general election, a mono-et-mono with Democrat mainstay Hillary Clinton which all polls except one show him losing by a huge margin.
Trump’s newly hired chief strategist Paul Manafort says voters can expect to see a re-shaping of Donald Trump over the next few months. It emerged this week, for example, that Trump doesn’t hate gay people, and has even worked with them before in the entertainment industry. He’s also, as the New York Times pointed out, publicly supported the right for transgender people to use whichever bathroom they feel is appropriate for them.
While it’s another point at which he is at odds with most Republicans, it’s a pretty tiny point in his favour for many of us less conservative folk. After all, how much credit should we give the man for not hating on certain minorities? Especially when he also this week claimed that if Hillary Clinton were a man, she would get only five per cent of the vote for president (he should have said she’d get 79% of the salary).
I suppose the fact that he’s been putting on a face all this time is supposed to be appealing, or at least acceptable. After all, aren’t all politicians putting on a face? The genius is, while Manafort’s backstage working on the new Donald, Trump himself has promised not to tone it down, meaning he can continue to straddle both sides of the fence (ew, what an image).
No one things Trump can really win, of course, except for Trump, but given all that’s happened so far, no one’s really willing to completely rule it out either.
And it’s frightening to see the seeds of change being sown within the Trump campaign, with Hillary rightly warning Americans not to forget what they have seen so far.
Trump’s team doesn’t seem to view anything as set in stone, including the Trump’s pouty mug, and said this week the presidential candidate had “personality negatives” which could be worked on, in contrast with ‘Crooked Clinton”s “character negatives” which were irreversible. It remains to be seen whether Trump’s abject hatred for women is also just a “personality negative” to be ironed out over the upcoming months.
I know he can’t win. I know it, I really do, but l can’t help wanting to knock his pieces off the board and say, enough already. Go home to your enormous Tower.
Could we have not known the real Trump all these years? Could it be that behind the hutt-like face we watched on The Apprentice telling business women to rely on their sex appeal to get ahead lurks a different, kinder Donald Trump, just waiting for the right time to emerge?
America will hopefully heed Hillary’s warning not to forget the real Donald, but even if they do remember that won’t guarantee her a win. As I’ve said before, blinding misogyny and a catalysing fear of immigrants does not the leader of a country rule out.