“Consider the evidence of the polls going into Wednesday — which show Clinton bordering on a landslide victory — and Trump’s inability or unwillingness to overcome his defects as a campaigner. There’s no other conclusion. We are now playing out the string. And the only question left after the debate is whether Trump and his hard-core supporters will accept his defeat.”~~Michael Dougherty
“The best his (Trump’s) campaign can do now is scream that the election is being stolen. But the election will not be close enough to be stolen and his campaign has no evidence of it being stolen. All they have is fear possessing his supporters. They border on irrationality and will shrink from logic.”~~Eric Erickson, 10-17-16
“I think Hillary Clinton’s ahead. I think she’ll win by more than Barack Obama won by in 2012, less than he won by in 2008.”~~Bill Kristol, November 4, 2016
“Everyone has an interest in pretending this election is close. The media, certainly. The candidates, obviously.
And in a divided country where even the start of a professional football game is enmeshed in controversy, it’s natural to think this election will come down to the wire. It won’t. It hasn’t. It’s done. Hillary Clinton is going to beat Donald Trump, handily in the Electoral College, probably by a mid-single-digit percentage in the popular vote.”~~Steve Goldstein, Market Watch, October 8, 2016
On Aug. 3, ABC ran a story headlined, “Senior GOP Officials Exploring Options if Trump Drops Out.” The story said top Republicans were “so frustrated — and confused — by Donald Trump’s erratic behavior that they are exploring how to replace him on the ballot if he drops out.”
“Making political predictions rarely turns out well, but here’s one: Donald Trump will not be a candidate for president in 2016.
What? Yes, I know, he’s already announced. In my view, though, he won’t take this all the way to the ballot in Iowa, New Hampshire, or any of the Republican caucus or primary elections.”~~Stuart Stevens, who ran Mitt Romney’s campaign, 8-20-15
“My latest sit-down with Donald Trump and his surprising comments about what it would take for him to drop out~~Chuck Todd, October 4th, 2015
“Every night before I go to bed, I light a candle and pray that he stays in the race.”~~Stephen Colbert, September 8th, 2015
“There is a fair-to-good chance Trump will drop out or cease active campaigning at some point.”~~Larry Sabato, University of Virginia, July 15.
“We know what will happen — that Trump will drop out — even though we don’t know exactly when. Everyone knows, for certain, that he will fade as the novelty of his histrionic act gets old.”–James Fallows, Atlantic Monthly, July 13, 2015
Video shows people smashing the windows of cars and businesses during anti-Donald J. Trump protest Thursday night in Portland, Oregon. “Due to extensive criminal and dangerous behavior, protest is now considered a riot,” Portland Police Bureau