Six months ago, I wrote:
Trump's biggest mistake during the primary was to feud with people who were not running against him...Clinton can exploit Trump's propensity to retaliate against anyone who crosses him by deploying surrogates to batter him with a fusillade of insults. If Trump were smart, he would ignore them and focus on Clinton, but his reaction to Elizabeth Warren's tweets suggests he cannot resist the urge to counterpunch, even when it doesn't serve his interests. With every over-the-top smackdown, he will distract voters from his message and deflate whatever presidential gravitas he manages to muster.
Since then, we have seen this scenario play out repeatedly, most remarkably in the case of Trump's feud with the parents of Humayun Khan.
Now it's happening again, and I believe that this feud with former Ms. Universe Alicia Machado will finally spell the end of his campaign.
Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?
Even Donald Trump cannot spin his way out of this disgusting tweet. I know, I know, his demise has been predicted before (though not by me). This is different. It's a Dean-scream of a tweet, one that pithily captures every awful element of Trump's character in fewer than 140 characters.
It's offensive to women. It's offensive to Hispanics. It's conspiracy-minded. It's hypocritical. It's petty. It's malicious. It's thin-skinned. It's unscripted. It's unhinged. It's false (there is no sex tape). And it's unredeemably unpresidential.
When you read this tweet, a nauseating image comes to mind: Overweight Donald Trump in his skivvies, unable to sleep, unable to control himself, furious at the woman who bested him, seething at the people who criticize him, taking out all his rage and shame and bigotry on a courageous Latina who dared to call him out.
No Republican can read this tweet without cringing. No Democrat can read it without recoiling. No undecided voter can read it and conclude that Donald Trump is presidential material.
This campaign is effectively over. Donald Trump has counterpunched himself to death.