It’s that time of the year again; the time when every possible food or drink sprouts a pumpkin spice equivalent and giant bags of discount candy clog the aisles of most American grocery and convenience stores. Of course every four years it’s also the season of the October surprise, the media hit job designed by the Democrats and the media to take out whoever the Republican candidate is.
In 2016 it was famously the Hollywood Access tape, with its “grab them by the pussy” quote that the media was sure would destroy Trump and somehow…didn’t. 2012 had the more reliable release of the audio from Romney’s 47% quote which severely damaged his campaign.
This year is more challenging since Trump has been dealing with the equivalent of an October surprise every few weeks since he’s been President. The media has never tired of releasing crazy stories based on “anonymous sources” that almost inevitably crap out and are never confirmable. Most recently The Atlantic hit job, Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’. Anonymous sources that were later contradicted by at least 10 confirmed named sources. Trump has ridden all of that out.
So if you are part of the DNC-media establishment, what could possibly take down Trump?
- More sexual harassment accusations. There could actually be Democratic groups preparing the latest batch of “victims” to go live in some massive media presentation right now. The history of these types of accusations against Trump doesn’t have a very good success rate, but pile on, in conjunction with other October surprises, could be helpful.
- Trump says the N-word. There have actually been multiple accusations of this in the past, but a fresh one by someone who actually sounds credible (not Michael Cohen MSNBC!) could put Trump on the defensive for a news cycle, but ultimately wouldn’t be a lasting hit, unless of course there is video of it.
And my favorite:
- The Southern District of New York US Attorney’s Office announces, or has leaked, a sealed indictment for Donald Trump, his family, or his business. The indictment doesn’t have to be for a real crime and could go away after the election. The important thing is that the story of an indictment is out there, right before the election.
There may be other types of October surprises in the wings that I’ve not thought of. However Trump isn’t a normal politician and his idea of damage control is to go on the counter attack. That’s a tactic that’s worked for him in the past, but one would think the media has learned something over the past four years and has a real zinger prepared to take out Trump in the final days of the election.
Or maybe not.