This video from June reminds us that Donald Trump never, ever expected to get this far. Mark Singer's editorial notes:
Trump’s candidacy was a protest, with his team hoping for just 12% of the Republican vote, argues New Yorker writer Mark Singer. Even Trump himself believed his undisciplined and impulsive rhetoric would keep him out of reach of the White House. But, says Singer, the monster rose from the laboratory table and walked.
There's indication that at this point in the campaign, Trump is just tired of it.
Donald Trump offered a fatalistic assessment of his personal and political future on Thursday, saying he will not abandon the controversial style that fueled his ascent despite lagging poll numbers and a string of damaging controversies.
And if that means losing to Hillary Clinton in November, Trump told CNBC: "I'm going to have a very, very nice long vacation."
And he's getting downright nasty on the campaign trail toward his own supporters:
"Oh you better elect me folks, I'll never speak to you again. Can you imagine — can you imagine how badly I'll feel if I spend all of that money, all of this energy, all of this time, and lost? I will never, ever forgive the people of Connecticut, I will never forgive the people of Florida and Pennsylvania and Ohio. But I love them anyway, we'll see. I think we're gonna do very well."
And from Jim Acosta, the CNN reporter following Trump:
Trump in Ohio: "I have a very nice life. I don't have to be here with you people ranting and raving."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 1, 2016
Full line - "So I brought something special for you. We’re gonna go quickly because I want to get the hell out of here. I want to go home."
— John Santucci (@JTSantucci) August 12, 2016