aTeon8XacTrump supporters keep pleading with their man to pivot–to stop saying stupid, self-defeating, and possibly dangerous things and become more “presidential.” They want him to stop shooting himself in the foot (feet?) and aim his fire at Hillary, who with all her scandals, lies, and incompetence, presents a target-rich environment.

And Donald tries to comply–he really does. For a day or so, he stays “on message,” and his relieved fans say he has finally turned the corner. But then he goes off script again and they are sent into a mad scramble trying to explain how he didn’t mean what we all just heard. Then they blame “the establishment” and the “unfair media” and try to change the subject, hoping against hope that Trump eventually learns the mechanics of the pivot.

Actually, Trump knows how to pivot just fine. It’s just that he doesn’t know how to stop pivoting. That’s why his pivots always turn into political pirouettes.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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