Is Trump Deliberately Throwing The Election To Clinton?

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"There is an adage in politics: Don't get in the way of a train wreck," said Democratic strategist Bob Shrum, a top campaign aide to presidential candidates Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. And, as Reuters reports, Clinton's advisers say they see little benefit in her going toe-to-toe with Trump over every personal accusation, generating sound bites that would dominate cable news broadcasts. Rather, they are happy for him to be embroiled in controversy while Clinton focuses on policy.

Her national press pool, which seldom gets to question the candidate, often waits as she conducts interviews with local news outlets.


She has granted few recent interviews to national outlets and rarely holds press conferences, a strategy her critics say is calculated to avoid questions about her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, and the relationship between her family's global charity, the Clinton Foundation, and the State Department.


If you haven't heard a lot about what Hillary Clinton thinks of a string of controversial comments by Donald Trump that have generated round-the-clock coverage on cable news broadcasts, there is a reason – it's by design.


Since becoming the Democratic nominee last month, Clinton has been touring toy manufacturers, visiting tie makers and dropping in on public health clinics, where if she mentions Trump at all, it is usually to contrast their policies.


Her swift condemnation at a Wednesday campaign rally of Trump's remark that gun rights activists could stop her from nominating liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices was a rare instance where she has directly engaged her Republican rival in the 2016 race for the White House.


Aides say Clinton's strategy is simple: let Trump be Trump.

 And perhaps there is more to that 'strategy' than means the eye. As Brent Budowsky asks at The Hill - Is Trump deliberately throwing the election to Clinton?

In August 2015, I wrote a column for The Hill titled "Is Trump a Clinton plant?" At the time, I wrote that I was not seriously suggesting that Donald Trump is running as a Hillary Clinton plant for the purpose of bringing a second Clinton to the White House, but noted some facts.


For many years Trump, has heaped high praise on both Bill and Hillary Clinton throughout their tenures at every major office they have held since the 1992 campaign. I also noted that Trump has offered praise and campaign donations that continued for many years to prominent liberals and Democratic leaders such as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.).


A year after my tongue-in-cheek column asking whether Trump is running as a plant to elect Hillary Clinton, I will now raise the possibility, much more seriously, that one way to explain Trump's repeatedly self-destructive behavior could be that deep down Trump does not want to win the election and is clumsily throwing the game.


I am not stating that I believe that Trump wants to lose to Clinton, but I am suggesting there is at least some possibility that this is the case.


Why might Trump, in theory, want to lose the election?


Perhaps Trump originally decided to run to get some publicity for his business, or satisfy his ego, but never expected he had a real chance to win. Perhaps it suddenly dawned on Trump that he did have some chance to win, and was petrified at the thought of filing the detailed financial disclosures that presidents are required by law to file, for the same reason he is hiding his tax returns and which, I predict, he will never willfully release. Perhaps Trump suddenly realized he did not really want his finger on the nuclear button. Perhaps he just concluded that he did want to do the work that the presidency requires.


Think about it. If a candidate genuinely wants to become president, would he repeatedly insult the giant wave of Hispanic voters? Would he insult veterans who were heroic prisoners of war by saying that he "like[s] people who weren't captured"? Would he repeatedly insult the 2008 GOP nominee and great war hero, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.)?


If a candidate actually wants to become president, would he and his advisers plan a strategy that includes praising the mass-murdering communist dictator of North Korea? Which voters did Trump believe he would win with that one? If a candidate truly wants to become president, would he and his foreign policy advisors plan a strategy that repeatedly praises Vladimir Putin, the strongman dictator of Russia, and say he is not sure he would defend Europe nations from a Russian invasion? Does Trump believe there is a pro-Putin vote in America?


Or, as Trump often says, perhaps there is something happening here. Some people might say he does these things because he wants to lose the election and is throwing the game to Clinton.


I have been to many rodeos in national politics, and literally every single major player in politics that I know expected Trump to "pivot" after the conventions to appear to take more responsible positions and say fewer irresponsible and self-destructive things.


Republicans believed Trump would pivot with hope; Democrats believed he would pivot with dread.


Nobody I know believed that Trump would pivot in the opposite direction, becoming even more irresponsible and self-destructive after the conventions.


Did Trump and his campaign managers develop a strategy to attack a Gold Star mother and father? Could any presidential candidate who wants to be elected seem to publicly support Russian espionage against America, and take positions so extreme that a former acting CIA director calls him "an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation"? Would any candidate who actually wants to win make comments about the Second Amendment and a political opponent so that the Secret Service is not happy, the same kind of comments that helped Harry Reid pulverize his Republican opponent into dust in his last reelection campaign?


I predict that Trump will never release his tax returns because there is something in those returns he intensely fears being revealed. Shall we speculate about what could be so devastating in his undisclosed tax returns? Is it not possible, possibly even likely, that he might dread the thought, for similar reasons, of filing his financial disclosure papers if he is elected president?


There has been some speculation in GOP circles about whether Trump might drop out of the campaign. This is possible, but I doubt it. The more likely scenario, if Trump does not want to be elected president, is that he will keep saying and doing things that any freshman political science student in college would know will doom his candidacy, and that after he loses a potential landslide to Hillary Clinton, will shout from the rooftops: "I was robbed!"


I am not saying that I believe Donald Trump is trying to throw the election to Hillary Clinton, but I am saying this is a prospect that is now worth seriously considering if the endless series of Trump blunders and gaffes continues.

As we concluded a year ago when the topic of Trump's false-flag presidential run came up...

Trump has been playing the media with his supposed presidential ambitions for years, but it was clear then that it was just The Donald doing what he does best – promoting himself. So why now has he suddenly turned “serious”? I give that word scare quotes because 1) Serious is not a word one associates with a clown, and 2) It’s not at all clear that, for all his megalomania, he really thinks he can win the White House. He may be a lunatic but he’s far from stupid.


And so the question jumps out at us: Why now?


Although I have no concrete proof of my theory, there’s plenty of circumstantial evidence. His ties to the Clintons, his past pronouncements which are in such blatant contradiction to his current fulminations, and the cries of joy from the Clintonian gallery and the media (or do I repeat myself) all point to a single conclusion: the Trump campaign is a Democratic wrecking operation aimed straight at the GOP’s base.


Donald Trump is a false-flag candidate. It’s all an act, one that benefits his good friend Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party that, until recently, counted the reality show star among its adherents. Indeed, Trump’s pronouncements – the open racism, the demagogic appeals, the faux-populist rhetoric – sound like something out of a Democratic political consultant’s imagination, a caricature of conservatism as performed by a master actor.


Now I realize this is a “conspiracy theory,” and, as we all know, there are no conspiracies in politics. In that noble profession, everything is completely aboveboard and on the level – right?


Like hell it is.

If this becomes the case then all is lost America as The Deep State's control is more complete than anyone could have imagined.

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JLee2027's picture

Oh please. The Long Room website has been down all day too, must be Trumps fault.

Ayreos's picture

Frankly, the only way Trump will lose is if he throws the election. Easy as day for anyone to see.

zeronetwork's picture

Don't listen to BS. Just vote for trump.

LetThemEatRand's picture

This is total BS, but why vote for Trump?  Serious question.  Is it the execute Snowden stance, the increase military spending, the increase government and torture, or Goldman banker funder-raiser that make you think it's a good idea?   If you respond by saying Cankles is worse my head will explode.

gmrpeabody's picture

I don't know anything anymore...

Mr. Universe's picture

Well, here is what I know. I was reading along when I came to this gem.

Would he repeatedly insult the 2008 GOP nominee and great war hero, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.)?

After that I stopped reading.

eforce's picture

Trump is the NWO candidate, the rest are OWO, the Russians will keep hacking away at Clinton until it becomes too open to hide.

wee-weed up's picture



"Is Trump Deliberately Throwing The Election To Clinton?"

CNN... is that you?

Son of Loki's picture

The author has to be a CNN troll. Anyone who has witnessed the brutal unprovoked attacks by both the far left and the far right neocons can dispell this author's dumb contention in a second.

J S Bach's picture

"Is Trump Deliberately Throwing The Election To Clinton?"

Again... wrong headline.  It should read:

"Is The Main Stream Media Desperately Trying To Portray That Trump Is Deliberately Throwing The Election To Clinton?"

There... that's more like it.

Keep it up guys... this stuff is great ammo to be used against you.

gargoylian's picture
gargoylian (not verified) J S Bach Aug 12, 2016 9:36 PM

TRUMP throwing the election was written MONTHS AGO there:

Four chan's picture

trump is going to win this mother fucker!!

Manthong's picture

“him to be embroiled in controversy while Clinton focuses on policy”.

WTF… did someone just teleport me to the planet Mongo?

jeff montanye's picture

this was the rap on trump when he started his campaign, that he was a "stalking horse" for hillary clinton.  also there is a certain symmetry with ross perot. had trump not won the repub nomination, he could have self funded (back channel supported by the clinton foundation?) a third party candidacy and siphoned enough votes for hillary to squeak in.  it may even be true.

however the venom and energy displayed by the zionist media and mega billionaires in opposing trump gives me serious pause.  that putin seems to like trump is another plus (putin has excellent intelligence, all meanings).  therefore he's worth a vote, imo (and since when, let them eat rand, are campaign promises something to base votes on?  obama much?). 

hillary we know.




DownWithYogaPants's picture

The only reason these false canards find any readers / believers is because the Ruling Class Oligarchy set them up with their puppets in the press.  

The whole "Trump had a bad week or two" is the central canard lately.  But if you objectively compare the case of Trump and Shrillary you see that Trump has not really made any mistakes of any comparable size.  Shrillary was unveiled as the Anti-Democrat she is by the hack of the DNCC emails.

The media continues to amplify / distort beyond all reasons and historical precedent.  After setting up the "bad week" canard  these turds sweep in with the "Trump's taking a dive for Shrillary" trying to prepare the Trump voters for a depressed turnout.

If you look at the numbers of people who vote versus the number of people eligible it's breath taking how many do not.  The people pushing these bogus theories are trying to blunt the Trump advantage.  Just looking at the numbers of people who show up for Trump at rallies versus Shrillary and you know why they are scared.

So I will repeat:  

If you are going to vote for Trump: Show up and vote early and often.  If everyone who wants to vote for Trump shows up he wins.

If you like Shrillary: Never mind voting.  It's a lock.  She'll win in a walk.  No need for you to talk.  When people say it's necessary to vote just balk.  After all there are not enough white males to elect Trump anyway.



froze25's picture

I would rather scrape a rusty razor blade on my eye ball then have Hillary have as president.

Tarzan's picture

I can't believe this is still at the top of ZH.  This is complete bullshit. way to promote propaganda ZH...

Rather, they are happy for him to be embroiled in controversy while Clinton focuses on policy


Clinton's only focus is to stay out of focus.  The more we know about her, the more she speaks, the less we like her, and they know it!  The Media, not Donald, invents the controversy.  Non of the alleged comments were a controversy to most Americans, until the Media told them it was. 

It's shocking for these naive "journalists" to learn the 2A is not a Hunting law.  It was put in place to assure that we The People have the power, that the government fears the wrath of the People.  The People have, not the right, but the duty to put down any tyrant that manages to slither her way into the White House.  Trumps statements on the 2A were spot on!

Trumps enemies are eye opening.  I hope everyone is taking notes!

This stupid story brags about Hillary showing up at Schools, Nursing Homes, and the like, "focusing on policy", is nothing more then Media spin! 

Here's a headline for you, She goes to the small town Civic Centers because she can't fill a stadium,  Nobody cares, she has no popular support, most of the rah rah sign wavers are payed for!

Trump is trouncing her and they are panicking!  His popular vote will be so high that their fraud may not cut it, he might actually win.

She will likely still "win", but they can only fake so many votes before the scam is too obvious.  The People still, though dim, have some power if they will rise up.

We will see if there are any brave left in this Country, if the traders pay a price for their tyranny!


wholy1's picture

Agreed: only a landslide Trump turn-out will over come the HildaBeast Machine vote-rigging.

Rusty Shorts's picture

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogical researcher, discovered that Hillary Clinton's great-great uncle, Remus Rodham, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. The only other known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription: "Remus Rodham; horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889."

Judy e-mailed Hillary Clinton for comments.

Hillary's staff of professional image adjusters sent back the following biographical sketch: "Remus Rodham was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

WorkingFool's picture

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” 

? Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


John_Coltrane's picture


We know  Clinton's  "policies"

1)raise taxes by at least $1T

2)grab all guns after

3)appointing Obama and Holder to the supreme court to abrogate the 2d amendment

Trump won't do either but has:

1)questioned the phoney 9/11 "story"(He knows the US, Isreal and the Saudis are behind this false flag)

2)questoned Obozo's fake birth certificate and is strongly supported by Seriff Joe Apaio on this one.

3)questioned why "assasinating" a dead corpse of Bin Laudin was useful except to re-elect Obama

4)questioned why McInsane is such a warmonger when he's such a loser

5)pointed out Hiltery is just a white trash crook

Any one of these Trump positions is enough to ensure a landslide in November and losers like this author aren't fooling anyone.  They are traitors.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"...appointing Obama and Holder to the supreme court to abrogate the 2d amendment..."

Maybe, but ruling and doing are not the same thing.  As Lincoln is purported to have said following an adverse ruling for his administration, "Let them enforce their ruling..."

Following the Sandy Hoax event, CT passed a law requiring long gun registration (NY too).  The only data (in an admittedly brief google search) I was able to find on compliance rates found articles dated a few months after adoption.  The rates quoted amounted to about 5% compliance (50K registrants vs. about a million estimated long gun owners in CT).  Then the stories, curously, die off.  Crickets.

This tells me the 2 attempts were beta tests, which failed...miserably.  

fockewulf190's picture

Frankly, I wonder why ZH even posted this trash.  The author must have thought it up after drinking too much and it somehow stuck in his head after the booze wore off.  Germans have a word for this, and it´s called having a "Schnappsidee".

Uncertain T's picture

The author, Brent Budowsky of The Hill, falls into the same catagory as Million Dollar Bonus.

I've followed his opinion pieces on The Hill for several years.... Budowsky makes MBD look like a rabid conservative.... so... consider the source.  Trump dropping out is the new false narrative.

IMO Trump is just getting warmed up and is about to kick it into high gear... Watch and Learn.

Big Brother's picture

Exactly.  It would appear this author is injecting his own narrative / conspiracy theory; and is maybe confused with Trump's objectives and possible (slippery slopish) unintended consequences.

You can't tell me with an ego like Trump's, he wouldn't want to be president?

Oh yeah, and, vote Trump.

tmosley's picture

Trump is clearly going to throw the election because the Clinton's are going to give him some fraction of the third of a billion dollars they are worth.



Aaronson.Jones.Rutherford's picture


It's like hope and fuching change all over again, just this time it's the red team. Maybe many of you are new around here but if you actually think this Trump thing is more than a ruse you're just as dumb as all the Afro-Americans, Democrats, etc that though Obama was going to save their life & give their kids a great job. That people can fall for this all over again proves that the well of idiocy in the US has not yet run dry. Wake the fuch up people, a vote for Trump, is a vote for Clinton, is a vote for blah blah blah blah all the way back to LBJ. The mistake of having an actual change candidate hasn't been made since RFK, or is that too far back in history for you Trumpers. Hope & Change yeah: go Trump!
Mr. President's picture

I disagree. 

I don't think trump voters  are 'falling for anything '. It's more that the know what they'll get with hillary,  so ANYONE else ..especially  someone who has NOT BEEN IN POLITICS. 

I really believe it's that simple. 

(I personally do not believe he will build any walls, deport Muslims, create millions of 'very well paying jobs '..or any of that shit that takes decades to actually accomplish. )


But it's worth a fuckin shot at this point. 

WarPony's picture

Perhaps, but this guy is independently wealthy and pretty much a self-made man who battled his way up through very competitive markets.  This is a yuuge difference from the first-eva black, Soros-sponsored community organizer.  He's put himself on the map, not selected.  Yes, there are some doubts, but given the way practically ALL the players are bashing him, it tells me he is legit because "they" are scared he could actually win.  My philosophy is, give it one last chance before I have to don a Continental.  We're likely damned either way, but could you really ever vote for Hillary?  Not me!

earleflorida's picture

perhaps trump is way along in his strategy?

what the ignorant author suggest, 'is that trump is a fool',... au Contraire

trump is baiting the Red Queen with an insatiable appetite for political`fodder that in itself, has 'trumped`clubbed' the feeble minds of hitlary's pundits in a directionalist amoral compass, a loadstone chalice tied to her amulet`cankles... leaving them clueless when the debates leaven'up the donald as the excalibur`silver tongue swordsman cross-examining this fare`maiden as an unworthy adversary!


cheka's picture

all newspapers, all talk radio, all tv, all of dc, all nyc...and many many more.....have been directed to attack trump and pump killary

trump, whether fake or not, is exposing these criminals and their so-called dimahcrasee to a MUCH wider audience

StillSilence's picture

Yes but IF he is a phony, he is much more dangerous than anyone that has already proven to be compromised and crimial.

Its a game of deception and the stakes continue to rise. If we fall for a clever trap we can be dragged along much farther under the guise of "real hope this time."

piliage's picture

Hmmm. Sure, CNN is in the tank for Clinton, as are a majority of the media. So, perhaps it would be a good idea if you were running for president to not hand your numerous enemies a bat to beat you over the head with? For example, not criticize the mother of a dead American soldier?

If you look at Trump's polling numbers, his state polls took a nosedive at that very moment, and his continued gaffs are pushing key states to Clinton.

He must win Florida, Virginia, and Ohio or he's done.

He should be attacking the Clinton Foundation in partnership with Judicial Watch 24/7, it is the perfect issue. Instead, he gets in Twitter flame tit for tat battles with a dead soldier's parents or attacks the race of the judge in the Trump University case.

Stupid. Hubris.

He is pissing it away, one does wonder why.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Hard to disagree with that statement. If he could find the self restraint to stop responding to every slight on twitter, he would probably poll a lot better. The problem is that even when he is right, he makes the entire narrative about his newest twitter gaff. If he would stop doing that, and stick to killery's many faults, the media would have a much harder time ignoring them.

NotApplicable's picture

I stopped reading at the "great war hero John McCain."

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I wouldn't have used the word "great".

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Yes, that was a tell, wasn't it?  McStain is scum of the worst type.   He sold out his fellow soldiers in Viet Nam, and then sold out his constituents by being in the tank for a bunch banksters during the S&L crisis.   Remember the corrupt Congressmen who were called the "Keating 5?"  Well, McStain was one of them. 

Anyone who thinks he is a "hero" is either misinformed or disinforming.  

SafelyGraze's picture

jeb bush woulda been an even more better hillary plant to get her elected. how did that get disrupted. weird.


Withdrawn Sanction's picture

True, and it was his turn.  It is curious he self-immolated shortly after the publication of Roger Stone's book "Jeb!" in which the author detailed his many acts of corruption.  

Calmyourself's picture

Safely graze has it exactly right, Jeb was the Billary stalking horse kicked to the curb.  The Koch NWO brothers on board for Billary but trump is a stalking horse ?  Nice try NWO, see you January 9th..

Richard Chesler's picture

Corrupt evil woman.

Nothing surprises me anymore.


Richard Chesler's picture

The corrupt left strikes again.  booyah!

GadExp's picture

"Does Trump believe there is a pro-Putin vote in America?"



...uh.  I'm rooting for him [Putin].  I'd rather pay taxes to him than to the psycho bankster cartel.

John_Coltrane's picture

Well, Putin was the only one to bomb the ISIS oil convoys into Turkey and put it out of commission cutting off one big funding route.  So, he's done more to end real terrorism than our government and I respect him for this.  And many will soon understand how Obama and Hitlery funneled arms from Libya to ISIS and used Turkey to supply funding with our governments support.  ISIS is a US/Isreali/Saudi/Turkey invention.


thesonandheir's picture

That was a classic re the ISIS oil convoys. If you wanted to dismantle an enemy operation you take out his resources and economy, warfare 101.That just tells you that the Yanks/Saudis/Turks were backing ISIS from the start.


'We didn't bomb the convoys because we didn't want to create an evironmental disaster'.

Yeah, becuase Syria is a living paradise at the minute. Fuck me, these cunts actually believe all of us are thick.


Why is our media constantly ignoring these blatant lies/crimes?

ZD1's picture

No, it was globalists like Obama and Hillary along with the Saudis/Turks that were backing ISIS from the start.

thesonandheir's picture

That was a classic re the ISIS oil convoys. If you wanted to dismantle an enemy operation you take out his resources and economy, warfare 101.That just tells you that the Yanks/Saudis/Turks were backing ISIS from the start.


'We didn't bomb the convoys because we didn't want to create an evironmental disaster'.

Yeah, becuase Syria is a living paradise at the minute. Fuck me, these cunts actually believe all of us are thick.


Why is our media constantly ignoring these blatant lies/crimes?