From what the businessman could do to a possible split in the GOP, the analysts’ guide to the future
“If we don’t win this election, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump told supporters at a Florida rally this week.
The businessman is down in the polls following the release of a video in which he made lewd comments of women and the claims this week that he sexually harassed several.
However, that doesn’t mean the former reality TV star has no plans if he loses on 8 November.
What is Trump likely to do?
Journalism could be calling. The Independent’s David Usborne says Trump could leverage the anti-establishment support he has won during his campaign to launch a new conservative media empire if he loses. He could possibly team up with Stephen Bannon, his campaign chief and the former executive chairman of the right-wing Breitbart news and opinion website.
What about his supporters?
The Atlantic website has identified four features of Trump’s core constituency: its members did not go to college; they believe they lack a political voice; they want to wage an “interior war” against those they deem outsiders, and they live in parts of the US with racial resentment.
Ben Domenech, the founder of The Federalist blog, predicts Trumpists who actually belong to the GOP will abandon it “because they believe it was insufficiently pro-Trump”.