Mark Salter, the most prominent and most defiant Republican to announce his support of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, thinks the 2016 campaign could literally -- no joke -- drive the billionaire developer insane.Nahhh. As the polls show that his defeat is inevitable, he'll claim the media and the pollster are all disgusting liars. When he loses, he'll blame sabotage from the press, the Republican Establishment, and the Evil Clinton Machine. After that, he might just go right back to being a birther commentator on Fox & Friends or he might go off and sulk, and he'll probably try to resurrect his TV and surname-merchandising career, but there's never going to be a psychotic break, for a simple reason: he will be always be certain that he should have won, because he is Donald Trump, and Trump is the greatest. Trump will always believe that Trump cannot fail, he can only be failed.
Salter [is] one of [John] McCain’s top aides during the 2008 campaign and the co-author of his books....
... Salter thinks Trump ... will melt like Fontina in a fondue pot in the glare of general election when he realizes he can’t beat Clinton.
“He’s going to lose, and I think he’s got kind of an unstable personality to begin with,” Salter told me last week....
“I think he could come apart, you know, in some kind of visible way,” the 61-year-old Salter said. “I think that's quite possible. ... I'm not a psychiatrist, but there is something wrong with [the] guy.”
Also: Trump Airlines. Trump Steaks. Trump University. Trump's Atlantic City casinos. Trump fails all the time. He tolerates it well because failure never causes him to suffer a moment's doubt about his own greatness. He's the emperor who won't do the minimal self-examination necessary to determine that he's wearing no clothes, and certainly no one around him will dare to draw his attention to his nakedness.
So although it would be highly entertaining to watch Trump have a meltdown in late October, I'm afraid we're not going to have that kind of fun. Sorry, Mark.