The cords that Donald Trump’s advisors have placed around their candidate’s mouth (and Twitter feed) over the last month so that he can seem more “presidential” (and less unhinged) are starting to fray.

Just yesterday he insulted a minister on Twitter, refused to state that Barack Obama was born in America, and had to deny a report that his good friend, the unconservative Peter Thiel, believes he will be nominated to the Supreme Court. (This, of course, would destroy the main argument many conservatives employ for voting for him.)

If Trump didn’t have a track record, we maybe could just dismiss all this as a bad day on the campaign trail. But he does have a track record, and it’s not a good one. So Trump, the master salesman, asks us to believe his latest pitch, that he really does know what he’s doing, will nominate conservative judges, and isn’t a nut.

Let the buyer beware.

Clarification: Trump’s attack on the minister actually occurred on “Fox & Friends.”

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 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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