June 12, 2016

A TOXIC MIX OF EGO AND IGNORANCE:

Donald Trump Thinks He Can Win California (He Can't) (Jim Newell, 6/12/16, Slate)

BIG PLANS:

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 Ali Vitali ✔ @alivitali
Trump source in room tells me Trump made a gen elex map pitch to the group. Mentioned NJ ("right, Chris?!"), CA, PA, MD as in play.
1:59 PM - 9 Jun 2016 · Manhattan, NY, United States
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Only one of those states, Pennsylvania, can be understood as "in play." The others are not, and California and New Jersey are also money holes. You can't even use the "well, we'll at least force Clinton to defend there" justification in any of these states. Clinton does not have to defend there. She can watch from Ohio as Donald Trump burns through all of his, the RNC's, and Republican donors' money--although it's hard to imagine that these donors will be inclined to give Trump money after he told them he plans to spend it in California.

There is something about Trump's personality that makes him believe he needs a marquee media-centric state like California. He probably doesn't see the typical Republican strategy of cleaning up in the South and the Plains as "flashy" enough for his brand. He'll think he has to win California because it's large and beautiful and he owns great properties there, terrific views, some of the best land in the world, really, like you wouldn't believe.

Posted by at June 12, 2016 8:23 AM

  

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