After a controversial week which saw him abruptly canceling one public appearance after another, raising questions as to whether he’s giving up as his campaign enters total freefall, has now canceled yet another event. This time Trump is blowing off his scheduled rally in Arizona, a traditionally red-leaning state where he’s in danger of losing. This latest cancelation means that not only is Trump retreating from the public campaign trail almost entirely, he’s doing so in such a confusion fashion that his even his own campaign appears to be confounded as to what’s going on.
The Donald Trump campaign informed the media this afternoon that his planned event on Wednesday in Phoenix had been scuttled entirely. But this took place at the same time Trump himself was tweeting that he will indeed be in Phoenix on Wednesday, and that he’s moving his event to a larger venue within the city. However this appears to be mere bravado or delusion on his part, as the official schedule on his website confirms that there is no longer any event in Arizona on Wednesday. In fact his schedule reveals that he has basically no events left at all.
Now that Trump has canceled his upcoming public events in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and Nevada, his public schedule is so barren that he literally has nothing left on it aside from one rally in Everett, Washington this Tuesday. Even that event makes no strategic sense, as Washington is a blue state where Trump has no chance of winning any electoral votes, meaning he’s wasting his time and resources by visiting there.
What makes the Washington rally stand out is that it’s the one left on his schedule. In contrast, his running mate Mike Pence has half a dozen upcoming public rallies listed on the same schedule. Notably, three of Pence’s upcoming events are in Georgia, a red state where a Republican should be winning easily, but the polls are tied – revealing just how thoroughly the Trump campaign is having to play defense.
But the larger question is why Donald Trump is now vanishing from the public campaign trail almost entirely. Is he sick? Is he merely sick of losing? Perhaps he’s lost interest in holding public rallies in swing states, where his crowd size has been dwindling. Theo only places he can reliably still draw a crowd are in the reddest of states.
As Donald Trump continues to retreat from the public eye without explanation in chaotic fashion, scheduling events and then canceling them at the last minute and then in some instances claiming he didn’t actually cancel them, it begs the question of whether he’s given up or lost interest entirely. Maybe there really is something secretly wrong with him. Or maybe he’s simply realized he’s going to lose, and he’s using the remainder of the election to set up his upcoming media venture.