Trump could never be a loser, so he’s making himself a martyr instead

“I take all of these slings and arrows, gladly, for you.”
“I take all of these slings and arrows, gladly, for you.”
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Donald Trump likes to repeat that he is a winner. It’s his claim to fame, his main virtue, and his qualification to be president of the United States. With his campaign in shambles, he will do anything to avoid going down as the unthinkable: a loser, a description that he happily slaps on his critics and political opponents.

If he can’t be a winner, he will be a martyr, whose demise was orchestrated by a globalist liberal conspiracy with Hillary Clinton at its helm.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, he told voters in Florida that he didn’t know that the presidential campaign would be so “vile” and so “vicious.” He said his life was “so simple” and “beautiful,” before he decided to run for president, and that he “didn’t need this,” implying the campaign process. But, he assured his supporters in Palm Beach, he is taking it all on him: “I take all these slings and arrows gladly for you.”

Of course, if you’re going to call yourself a 21st-century American Saint Sebastian—the Roman empire officer who was condemned to death by arrows when discovered to be Christian—you’re going to have to set the stakes. According to Trump, they are high: it’s the end of civilization as we know it. “I take them for our movement, so that we can have our country back. Our great civilization here in America and across the civilized world has come upon a moment of reckoning,” Trump added.

“This is not simply another four-year election. This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization,” he said.

So who is behind the impending apocalypse, trying to bring down Donald Trump, the savior? “This election will determine whether we are a free nation, or whether we have only the illusion of democracy but are in fact controlled by a small handful of global special interests rigging the system,” he said, cushioning his potential loss as the fault of powerful systemic forces turned against him. 

Trump reportedly has a very clear picture about who is part of this “small handful of global special interests.” The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s campaign is planning to blame the candidate’s troubles on Mexican mogul Carlos Slim, who has a large stake in The New York Times, which published accounts of two women accusing Trump of groping and uninvited kissing. According to the Journal’s campaign source, attacking Slim would be a multi-pronged slam against the “‘failing’ New York Times, which he says had to be ‘rescued’ by a ‘foreigner.'”

To be fair, Trump isn’t the only one using apocalyptic language to describe the last days of the 2016 election. In an interview with The New York Times Magazine last weekend, Hillary Clinton told Mark Leibovich: “I’m the last thing standing between you and the apocalypse.”