Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Donald Trump is doing a town hall on Wednesday from Green Bay. But he’ll do the event live on MSNBC, with Chris Matthews as moderator:
Donald Trump may have declared debate season to be over, but he has agreed to another town hall, this one hosted by Chris Matthews on MSNBC at 8 PM Wednesday, March 30. Matthews will put questions to the GOP front-runner, as will voters in Green Bay, WI, where the town hall will be set. …
Trump’s choice may be a stroke of genius, assuming Matthews is fair not out to gotcha Trump. Brown County has become a bitter battleground in Wisconsin politics, but voters there want a candidate who break out past old partisan divisions and create pragmatic results. Trump has at least an opportunity to make the argument that he can deliver on that promise, but he’ll have to transcend the potential for MSNBC to handicap him.
That’s not to say there isn’t support for Trump’s general approach on immigration in Brown County, either; there certainly is. But to succeed in Brown in the general election, the nominee will have to craft a very careful path in laying out a conservative approach to the problem. Can Trump thread that needle and prove he understands the way that issue works in northeastern Wisconsin? We’ll see after Wednesday’s townhall. That will be a big test of whether Trump has the skills, or even the intent, of running the kind of campaign that can compete on the local level by making the message relevant to each community — a test that Republicans failed in both 2008 and 2012.
A good performance might also convince prominent Wisconsin Republicans to come to his side. So far, most of them are sitting out the primary fight:
Donald Trump will be Wisconsin this week with virtually no political support from GOP politicians. Source
Posted by Barbara at 8:21 AM