Presidential campaigns turned upside down: What’s next for Trump, Clinton?

MILWAUKEE -- It has been a week since the presidential race got turned upside down -- when video surfaced showing Donald Trump bragging about groping a woman. Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan abandoned him -- and Trump retaliated.

This week, Trump's poll numbers are in a tailspin. Hillary Clinton is the benefactor -- even though she's had trouble of her own.

The fallout in Wisconsin happened quickly. The Marquette University Law School poll showed Trump's support crumbled after the lewd comments went public.


Trump was virtually tied with Clinton among people polled on Thursday. By the weekend, he was down 19.

Trump's support eroded most with women -- going down from nine to 33. With evangelicals, his 40 point lead was cut almost in half.

Add up everyone polled, and Clinton is ahead by seven. In the face of this, Trump is coming back to Wisconsin. He is scheduled to visit Green Bay and West Allis on Monday."


"The most precious resource, the candidate's time, they're investing that resource here," said Marquette University Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin.

But Paul Ryan's allies see it differently. It's less about election strategy.

"Well he can't win. But this isn't about winning. This is about coming to Wisconsin and thumb his nose at Paul Ryan," said Brian Fraley,  a Republican strategist who is a Ryan supporter and has been outspoken against Trump.

pres1Indeed, lewd audio tape drove a wedge between Ryan and Trump. Ryan said he was "sickened," then uninvited Trump from a unity event in Elkhorn. He then told his colleagues in the House that he wouldn't defend Trump anymore.

That was before at least four women went on the record this week, accusing Trump of unwanted sexual advances. Trump has denied groping women.

At the second presidential debate, Trump pivoted to attack Bill Clinton for his own sexual transgressions.

"What he's done to women, there's never been anyone in the history of politics in this nation that's been so abusive to women," Trump said in the second debate.

President Clinton got heckled during a campaign stop in Milwaukee last weekend. "You're a rapist," a couple of protesters yelled.

Hillary Clinton speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Hillary Clinton speaks at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Hillary Clinton has not been to Wisconsin herself in more than six months.

"We have not seen the same level of commitment from the Clinton campaign in terms of the candidate herself coming, though we've certainly seen a series of surrogates through," Franklin said.

The Clinton campaign took a hit this week from a new round of hacked emails from Wikileaks. The emails show her campaign aides musing over Clinton's weakness as a campaigner -- and their concerns about her email scandal. One aide is seen criticizing conservative Catholics.

Republicans say the emails prove that Clinton and her staff are different in private than in public.

The FBI is involved -- and Clinton is blaming Russia for the hack.

"A foreign power is working so hard to influence the outcome of the election, and believe me, they're not doing it to get me elected," Clinton said at the second presidential debate.

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  • hocuspocus13

    Donald Trump’s poll numbers are not in a tailspin

    Trump leads Crooked Hillary in all polls national and otherwise

    Trump has 25,000+ people at each and every rally

    That does not look like a tailspin

    It’s a steady stream of Americans who are sick and tired of the BS that is being shoveled by people like you

    Oh and by way…

    In closing

    Crooked Hillary can’t even muster up 100 people at any of her rallies

    That’s what a tailspin looks like…


  • TT

    It is said that JFK pioneered the use of media to win a presidential election, and I tend to agree with that analysis.

    However, I think something else happened back in the 1960’s, and that is the media figured out that they also can “control” or affect an election based upon how they decide to present and report issues, candidates, and information pertaining to elections and election cycles.

    This of course is what I feel we have today. Media elites deciding what is and what is not “good” for the American voter.

    This is what the American Revolution was started on, the right to control one’s own life and liberty! Not what some “King or Queen” decides what is good for “those folks”.

    So, we will see what this election cycle brings us, a candidate who is elected based upon what they will do for the American Voter, or what they will do for the media and industry “elites”.

  • Owen Parker Jr.

    Donald Trump has been in the public for over thirty years…and he was never once accused of being a racist or abusing women by anyone until he decided to run against the Democrats. Leaders like Donald Trump don’t bow to other leaders.

  • Owen Parker Jr.

    The Clinton’s, to adapt a line from Dr. Johnson, were not only corrupt, they were the cause of corruption in others. Yet seldom in America have so many come to excuse so much mendacity and malfeasance as during the Clinton years. Here are some of the facts that have been buried.
    – The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
    – Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
    – Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
    – Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
    – Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
    – First president sued for sexual harassment.
    – First president accused of rape.
    – First first lady to come under criminal investigation
    – Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
    – First president to establish a legal defense fund.
    – First president to be held in contempt of court
    – Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
    – Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
    – First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court.