Can Donald Trump's Campaign Survive Self-Inflicted Wounds?

Political analyst Matthew Dowd discusses the impact of Trump's statements on Hillary Clinton and the 2nd Amendment and ISIS.
2:35 | 08/11/16

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Let's bring in Matthew dowd for more. This was supposed to be the economy week. Donald Trump had his speech on Monday. Hillary Clinton today speaking on the economy but, of course, it's being dominated by other things. First off on Donald Trump, is he digging himself into a hole with these second amendment comments or are we overblowing it? I think probably both. He's digging himself in the hole and the media pounced on it in a way that's exacerbated it. Any Reading of it he didn't actually threaten Hillary Clinton but it was a stupid remark that hurts him in the long run. This is the problem with Donald Trump. He can't stay disciplined long enough on one topic in order to break through and get the Numbers back with Hillary Clinton. Meantime, you got more e-mails coming out on Hillary Clinton and a report in "The new York times" up to 100 democratic party officials have been hacked so likely more releases to come over the next few months. The question is, is this baked in for voters or will this new information really hurt? George, you know, every time we watch the campaign it looks like a marvel comic movie as if Russian hackers, a guy climbing the building, villains in the course of this race, I think this is embarrassing, but the question is, when they come out whether it's really, really harming her in the course of this. We saw that the e-mails released in the course of the democratic convention took down the chairwoman of the party. This is problematic because it feeds a story that Hillary Clinton among the majority of the country don't feel they can trust her. At the same time she's expanding the electoral map right now. Democratic officials talking about moving into states like Georgia which democrats haven't won since 1992 and north Carolina which president Obama lost in 2012. Well, the great thing about this, George, is that actually looks for the first time in a long time we'll have a national race because the map is so big for Hillary Clinton now and the map has become much smaller for Donald Trump. It's no longer eight target states in the course of this. We have now expanded the map probably for the biggest time since the '80s in the course of this so maybe the majority of the country will be part of the conversation. You're saying still keep an eye on those third party candidate, third and fourth party candidates. Gary Johnson and Jill stein. Yeah, George, this is like a race -- an olympic race in the swimming pool. When all the splashes is going on in the middle of the pool look for the people on the outside lanes that can get through it without the wake. Gary Johnson could gain momentum and if he gets in that presidential debate, the first presidential debate there is no telling what could happen in this race. That could make a big difference. He has to gain points to get there, 15% threshold. Matt dowd. Thanks very much.

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