Trump's Terrible Two Weeks

March 31, 2016

Donald Trump's detractors have delighted in individual low moments in his campaign and hoped one would bring about his downfall, only to be constantly disappointed.

However, after a nearly two-week stretch of bad headlines for the GOP frontrunner that's included criminal charges, walked-back abortion statements and an asinine feud with a rival's wife, Trump's bulldozer of a candidacy appears to have hit a roadblock.

He trails rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) in Wisconsin's key GOP primary, and nearly two-thirds of voters nationally disapprove of him. These are unheard-of numbers for a candidate close to capturing a major party's nomination.

The billionaire's woes began last week. After an anti-Trump super PAC released an ad with a racy photo of his wife, Melania, Trump erroneously responded that Cruz knew "all about" the ad. He drew charges of sexism after retweeting an unflattering picture of his opponent's wife Heidi, infuriating Cruz.

Trump continued to insist throughout the week that Cruz knew about the initial ad with Melania. However, his own campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, threw cold water on that false theory.

In multiple interviews, Trump childishly said of the feud that "he started it." Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes chided him for his language, saying that this wasn't the "playground," and CNN's Anderson Cooper added that rhetoric was reminiscent of a 5-year-old.

Trump's team also came under fire after the posting of a National Enquirer article charging Cruz with having multiple affairs. Trump swore he had nothing to do with the article, but he did take care to say the notoriously absurd tabloid had "a good record of being right."

Lewandowski, meanwhile, caused further headaches when he was charged on Tuesday with simple battery for strong-arming reporter Michelle Fields earlier this month. Video belied Lewandowski's initial claim he never "touched" Fields, yet Trump stood by his man and mocked Fields' complaint during a campaign rally.

At his town hall with Cooper, he charged Fields had gotten too close with him and Secret Service was concerned her pen was a "little bomb."

Trump opened up another can of worms when he wouldn't swear to Matthews against using nuclear weapons in Europe. He even encouraged the idea of Japan and South Korea getting nuclear arms. Nevertheless, he insisted he is against further nuclear proliferation.

Finally, during a Wednesday town hall with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Trump said there would have to some sort of "punishment" for women who had abortions were they to be banned under his administration. The campaign then released two statements walking back aspects of his statement, effectively giving him three different abortion stances in three hours.

It's still only Thursday.