By Nicholas Stix
Either the day before or a few hours before the debate, one of Trump’s concern troll enemies said (on CNN?), “Donald Trump is listening to no one but Donald Trump.”
And that’s how he won!
The concern trolls, both within and without the GOP, have for over one year ordered Trump not to counterpunch, and to be submissive.
“Take the oath to support whoever wins the nomination.” “Stick to the script” [with the patriotic populism censored].” “Endorse the neocon party leaders [who hate your guts, and have been relentlessly stabbing you in the back].” “Look presidential [like Mitt Romney, in 2012].” “Don’t defend yourself [against calumnies against you].” “Be contrite [even if you have no reason to be].” “Don’t get aggressive, after you’ve made a mistake [even if you didn’t make a mistake].”
In other words, nothing about “We’re going to build a wall,” “We’re going to stop Muslim immigration,” Hillary’s corruption and viciousness, etc.
Their advice was guaranteed and intended to cost him first, the nomination, and then the election.
If Trump had heeded such poisoned advice, he would been slaughtered in the second debate, and the election would now be over.
Considering that the people claiming that Trump wouldn't listen to anybody else were all plotting his political destruction, the candidate would have done better to keep his own counsel, all along.