Scott Adams thinks so:
Thanks to timely assists from Wikileaks, Trump has successfully framed Hillary clinton as a crooked politician. Meanwhile, Clinton has successfully framed Trump as a dangerous monster. If the mainstream polls are accurate, voters prefer the crook to the monster. That makes sense because a crook might steal your wallet but the monster could kill you. As of today, Clinton has the superior persuasion strategy. Crook beats monster.
I agree with the persuasion assessment, though I don’t believe the polls (this is a change election). With “Crooked Hillary,” Donald is arguing based on morals, ie, you should oppose crookedness. But he is doing this in a time of r, when morals will be degraded due to weakened, easily triggerable amygdalae. The sad truth is the moral people were already behind Donald. He already has all of the moral deplorables. Now he needs to bring in a few of the immoral triggerables.
For that, he needs to make it about their survival. That can be done easily, with just a small tweak of his Crooked Hillary meme, mixing it with the fact that we now have $20 trillion in debt and every crooked Establishment politician doubles the national debt during their tenure.
In short, Donald now needs to add a dash of Apocalypse to his recipe. Hillary is crooked, but where does her crookedness lead? What happens as she sells out our nation, increasing debt to $40 Trillion, and handing that money to her crooked cronies in return for cash handouts to her corrupt foundation and six figure paychecks for twenty minute speeches?
If Hillary wins, the government collapses. The economic system collapses. The EBT system collapses. Social Security goes away. Healthcare collapses. Law and Order disappears as the Fedguv machine collapses and the savages go ape-shit over losing their freebies. Wars begin when we can’t pay back our national debt. Companies collapse as the banking system they need goes under. Too big to fail transitions to TOO BIG TO SAVE. And all of that will probably sweep all across the globe.
It all comes down, and the United States is over. Apocalypse. The mother of all Apocalypses, created by an all powerful, evil cabal of establishment hacks. The kind of Apocalypse which only a Monster could have any chance of fixing before ITZ goes down. The kind of Apocalypse which we need a Monster to prevent.
Who do we want to send into the corrupt swamp in DC that is plunging us toward Apocalypse? A crooked fellow traveler the Establishment loves, who will enrich herself by making Apocalypse happen? Or a Monster who terrifies all of them? Only a Monster could take out the corrupt establishment and save everyone.
Monster is not all bad. Monster is scary, but Monster is also strong. Who doesn’t want a monster for a pet, if it is loyal to you? Who wouldn’t want a Monster for a friend, if big bad enemies were threatening? When something needs to be destroyed, who wouldn’t want a Monster? A Monster who is blindly loyal to Americans is a good thing, when America is under threat.
Plus, if you play it right, Apocalypse can be both funny and scary at the same time. Nothing today is as ridiculous as reality. People know that on a very deep level. They would be entertained, and imbued with the message. The battle would appear fun, even as it became real in people’s minds and in need of remediation.
The time is right for Donald. But his present base of support is very firmly behind him. Now he needs to start scaring the triggerables into fearing what will happen if crooked Hillary takes the reins.
Because if Crooked Hillary takes the reins, really bad things are going to happen. Everyone should be afraid.