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Establishment pundits send signals to Trump to become more 'presidential'

The political game becomes more complicated


As Hillary Clinton can't hide her anxiety to send the right signals to the US establishment, that she is absolutely faithful to her mission, totally aligned with the neocon/neoliberal agenda, Donald Trump probably starts thinking to "smoothen" his sharp rhetoric. It seems that the establishment starts sending signals to him, towards this direction.

From china.org :

While his bombastic rhetoric helped him win the Republican primaries, analysts said time is running out for U.S. Republican nominee Donald Trump to start acting more "presidential" in order to win the presidential race.

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Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, told Xinhua that it's not too late for the polls to change. "That said, the data is pretty devastating and the trajectory is moving the wrong way for him," Zelizer said.

Dan Mahaffee, an analyst with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, told Xinhua that at this point Trump would have to stop being Trump and "demonstrate some level of statesmanship."

"The telepromptered speech in Detroit was supposed to be the beginning of that process - a reset," he said, referring to Trump's speech on the U.S. economy early last week, in which he refrained from making any rash comments and showed a more presidential side of himself. But the comments that Trump made later in speeches at the subsequent campaign rallies completely negated that. Trump indirectly called on gun advocates to stop Clinton, and even dubbed President Obama and Clinton as co-founders of IS.

Indeed, Trump's original appeal was that he'd "tell it like it is" to the political elite, and that carried enough of a populist electorate through the Republican Party primaries. "That core group of supporters will stay with him and continue to see him standing up to the status quo. However, for much of the electorate, Trump's 'telling it like it is' is seen as a dangerous, temperamental, thin-skinned, and combative personality that is unfit for the White House," Mahaffee said.

The establishment got rid of the heavy headache called Bernie Sanders, yet his movement remains strong and it seems that most of his supporters are completely determined not to support Hillary. Normally, these progressive voters, which include a significant part of the American youth, would not compromise to participate in another bi-partisan process, but this time they have a third choice.

Therefore, the new headache of the establishment is called Jill Stein. The leader of the Green Party is clearly an unknown factor which probably makes the establishment mechanisms even more nervous and puzzled on how to handle her. It is probably the first time in the American political process that a third party comes with a remarkable momentum which can't be clearly measured, at least for now.

What brings further anxiety to the establishment, is the probability that Stein will manage to attract more progressive voters from the big tank of US citizens who have chosen not to participate in the political process so far. This may change balance to an unknown level against the establishment's number one candidate, Hillary Clinton.

As various scandals against Hillary are still coming on surface, the establishment realizes that she has reached her limits and it's more probable that she will lose voters rather than gain new ones.

So, inside this completely uncertain situation, it is natural that the establishment should start preparing its best alternative, Donald Trump. The saturated base of the Republican populist voters is not enough for the presidency. This explains the warnings of the pundits to Trump, to "regulate" his attitude and rhetoric. With the advantage of "clean past" in the political field compared to "dirty" Clintons, he could attract more Right Wing moderate voters.

Hillary is still the first priority, but time is running out and the establishment must be prepared to bring its reserve to power if ... "things get out of control".

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