And Trump helped Crooked Hillary, the Democrats, and their media allies hurt him following the convention. I do not buy the nonsense that the GOP’s convention was horrible and the Democrats were great (they were both about equal). It was the immediate follow up to the Democrat convention where things went south for Trump.
As for these dust ups with Paul Ryan and Kelly Ayotte, fighting with the GOPe was great during the primaries. But while these exchanges are red meat to his base, do these attacks help Trump win over new voters he needs to win the general? These candidates are in swing states too.
My pro Trump friends argue that events will control this race. That might be true if the economy has a economic meltdown between now and November or there is a major terrorist attack attributable to the Democrats. Do you want to bet the election on that? Do you think a Wikileaks dump in September will win the election for Trump if he is 20 points behind in the polls at that time?
Then there are the debates. Don’t count on them to save Trump. Trump is ok in a debate context, but not exactly Cicero. Hillary is actually pretty nimble (it helps being a shameless pathological liar, especially when you have the moderators 100% on your side). Hugh Hewitt getting to ask a question or two will not change that.