The mouth of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was caught talking without the candidate’s brain at a rally in Altoona, Pa., today, marking the seventh time in the last day and a half that unsupervised words from the candidate’s mouth were allowed into the world.
“The only way we could lose, in my opinion—I really mean this, Pennsylvania—is if cheating goes on,” Trump said at the rally.
Trump, who is down in the polls in this and other battleground states, has started letting his mouth talk without restraint about cheating and rigged elections as a way to delegitimize the election outcome should he lose, setting the stage for widespread instability in the world’s oldest democracy.
The remark is just the latest of several unsupervised sentences to come out of the candidate’s mouth in the past day and a half. Others include a joke about President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton being founding members of the terrorist group ISIS, and a contention, often repeated in the past, that he opposed the Iraq war from the beginning, even though there are videos of him saying at the beginning of the war that he supported it.
Prior to this latest batch of unsupervised remarks, the candidate’s mouth has joked that “Second Amendment people” could take care of Clinton should she win the presidency and nominate liberal Supreme Court judges, insulted the Muslim parents of a war hero, and played games with the endorsements of House Speaker Paul Ryan and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
“Trump really owes it to the country not to let his mouth speak without supervision from his brain,” says Stephanie Altman, a Republican political consultant who is not aligned with the Trump campaign. “For the good of his party and the good of the country, his brain should always be in control of his mouth. When it’s not, bad things happen.”
Peter Morrison, a professor of political science at the University of Virginia, says he’s surprised Trump doesn’t make his brain exercise more direction over his mouth given how proud he is of his brain. “He’s said in the past that he has a really big brain, a really beautiful brain,” Morrison says. “Okay, let’s see it step in and control his mouth. Because as long as his mouth talks without supervision, we’re going to keep hearing things that are disturbing and destructive to our democracy. Trump needs to get his brain and his mouth together and have them work as a team. That’s how it works in most people.”
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