Donald J. Trump’s behavior in recent days — the political threats to the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan; the name-calling on Twitter; the attacks on Hillary Clinton’s marriage — has deeply puzzled Republicans who expected him to move to unite the party, start acting presidential and begin courting the female voters he will need in the general election.Why would he act like this? Well, of course, it's because he won slightly more than a third of the votes cast during Republican primaries and caucuses, and what's that mean? Mandate!:
But Mr. Trump’s choices reflect an unusual conviction: He said he had a “mandate” from his supporters to run as a fiery populist outsider and to rely on his raucous rallies to build support through “word of mouth,” rather than to embrace a traditional, mellower and more inclusive approach that congressional Republicans will advocate in meetings with him on Thursday.It seems to me to be likely that if his jackhole approach failed to win a majority of votes from Republicans, it won't win a majority of votes from the general voting population. Get ready for six months of the latest Trump reality show -- great ratings on TV, but totally devoid of intellectual content.
Hat tip to Hot Air.
* Sorry, I got changing Trump's middle initial to F from Ace.