Take this with a good grain of salt, since Donny Deutsch is a Hillary-supporting Dem, but Donny does run in the same New York circles as Donald Trump, and has called him a friend.
Guest co-hosting on With All Due Respect today, Deutsch said “I can actually see Trump bailing. I can’t see us ever getting to the point where election night, Trump becomes George McGovern. He is not going to allow—it’s just not in his system . . . I cannot see him the rest of his life with a big ‘L’ on his face.” Mark Halperin called the notion of Trump dropping out of the race a “Manhattan fantasy.”
Is this isolated good faith speculation, or part of the MSM trying to undermine Trump by speculating that he might drop out of the race?
On today’s Morning Joe, Jon Meacham floated the idea of Trump bailing out, to which Joe Scarborough responded, albeit with a laugh, “if somebody paid him enough money to get out, he’d get out. In fact I know that.”
DONNY DEUTSCH: I actually believe something else is going to start to happen in the next few weeks if things don’t turn around. And I said this awhile ago and I turned around and I’m coming back to it. I can actually see Trump bailing. I can’t see us ever getting to the point where election night, Trump becomes George McGovern. He is not going to allow–it’s just not in his system.
And it’s very interesting. I spoke to a Clinton staffer who said the thing they’re most afraid of, and there is a date, I think it was September 15th where they can’t put somebody else in, is him bailing out and Mitt Romney coming in or somebody. I see him dropping the mic and going, here’s his speech: you know, I’ve got to do what’s best for the country.
MARK HALPERIN: Manhattan fantasy. He’s not going to drop out before the first debate. He thinks he can win it at the first debate.
DONNY: My point is, drop out at some point. I cannot see him the rest of his life with a big ‘L’ on his face.
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