In the week since the Orlando mass shooting, the worst in our nation’s history, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has pressed a number of controversial positions related to terrorism, at least tangentially. While there were some indications the attacks might help him in the polls, most results reported last week were generally brutal, and a new report from Bloomberg News says that Trump insiders weren’t top happy that the bump they’d hoped for didn’t materialize:
The frustration among Trump’s allies increased after his speech last week in Manchester, N.H., where he responded to the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. Many in Trump’s inner circle had predicted that he would get a bump in the polls, as he did following the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. Instead, he faced a well-orchestrated rapid-response machine from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party, which hammered him for days.
In the days following the attack, Trump’s numbers shot up in a Reuters tracking poll, and internals from another poll taken after the shooting showed Trump with a lead over Hilary Clinton in handling terrorism, but the other polls reported last week were brutal.
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