Mr. Trump is not so much fighting an uphill battle as having to claw his way up a near-vertical, icy precipice without any help – even without basic equipment such as ice-axes. I've been going through quite a lot of data – articles, surveys, opinion polls, editorials, and the like – in an attempt to understand the undercurrents of the Presidential election campaign at this time. I don't think I've ever seen such frenzied agitation by, and within, the incumbent party's campaign, or such blatant, in-your-face efforts to scare and/or intimidate and/or disgust the electorate into rejecting the non-incumbent party's candidate. It's almost at desperation level – partly driven, of course, by continued support for Mr. Trump from a significant proportion of the electorate. Sadly, at least some of their slash-and-burn tactics seem to be working.
Let's look at a few examples.