Is Donald Trump deliberately trying to lose?

Maybe the parody of The Producers was more accurate than we thought.

Maybe the Trump parody of The Producers was more accurate than we thought.

A new meme has taken hold in the political world, both online and on the air. The recent missteps by Republican front-runner Donald Trump can mean only one thing: He’s desperately trying to find a way to get out of running for president.

The real estate mogul’s support among women already was dismal. An early March poll from Reuters/Ipsos showed that half of women in the U.S. have a “very unfavorable” view of Trump. His sexist and insulting comments toward women have become legend, and it’s not only the disparaging remarks toward Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

The Reuters poll was before the latest Trumpisms, such as tweets implying a “hottest wife” competition between Melania Trump and Heidi Cruz, wife of rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Or the suggestion that Michelle Fields, the reporter who was manhandled by Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski (an action for which he now faces battery charges), might have been carrying a bomb in her pen. Or Trump’s gaffe that, if abortion were outlawed, women should be punished for it (he has since walked that back and taken three different positions in as many hours).

Did I say that half of women view Trump unfavorably? That’s risen since early March. A recent CNN/ORC poll found that 73 percent of registered women voters now see him in a negative light, according to a Boston Globe story. Even worse, nearly half of Republican women — 47 percent — now say they wouldn’t back him. The big question, of course, is: Who are the 27 percent of women in the U.S. who don’t view Trump unfavorably by now?

“We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham famously said during the 2012 election. A new projection from Politico says that Trump would need 7 out of 10 of those angry white guys to win in November.

That’s a larger percentage than Republicans have ever won before — more than the GOP won in the landslide victories of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and far more than they won during the racially polarized elections of Barack Obama.

Of course, the argument often made by Trump’s followers is that he will win in November because he will bring so many disengaged Americans to the polls. But they’re talking about disengaged white voters, mostly men — and unfortunately for him, the turnout rate for white men is already relatively high.

Perhaps all of Trump’s effort over the last nine months has been nothing but performance art. Maybe now that he’s finally getting some hard questions and being exposed as the emperor-candidate with no clothes, he’s looking for an out. His ego is probably too large to stop him from wanting to be the would-be narcissist-in-chief, but you’ve got to wonder.

Maybe it’s like The Producers, where the Republicans tried to find the worst candidate(s) they could, in a crooked scheme just to raise money. Mel Brooks, it’s time for an update. We need new words to make it “Springtime for Donald.” Although given Trump’s xenophobia against immigrants, Muslims, and anyone else who’s not a white American, the original words to the song are eerily accurate.

America was having trouble
What a sad, sad story
Needed a new leader to restore
Its former glory

Where oh where was he?
Where could that man be?
We looked around and then we found
The man for you and me and now it’s

Springtime for Donald and the GOP
America will be great once again
We’re marching to a faster pace
Look out, here comes the master race

Springtime for Donald and the GOP
Winter for losers and Dems
Springtime for Donald and the GOP
Republicans, go after the fems.

 Actually, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick already did this parody of The Producers with a Trump theme, complete with dancing girls in Trump masks.

“First we find a bad candidate, then we raise money like crazy and promise all the donors an ambassadorship to Italy or Sweden or Armenia,” Broderick’s Bloom posits. “Then when the public figures out what a nutcase our guy is, he drops out of the race…” And they get to keep the money.

“This candidate, he’s got to be the worst candidate in history,” Lane’s Bialystok adds. “A real trainwreck. Schmuck, putz, gold-plated nincompoop. Where would we find a buffoon like that?”

I smell another Tony Award for Nathan Lane. Plus, he would look quite fetching in an orange-blond Trump wig.


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