In the aftermath of whatever success or failure folks believe occurred at the two major political parties conventions in July, it's been clear that the Trump campaign had lost it's footing as polls showed Hillary Clinton widening her lead on Donald Trump.
The past weeks saw noticeable shifts for the Trumpster. Testing the waters with a possible "softening" of his immigration prescriptions then pulling back, it was clear Trump was lurching about trying to find some kind of message that might sell in the general election.
The New York Times explains a bit as to the underlying dynamics at play in the Trump camp.
Mr. Trump’s course adjustment emerged in an atmosphere of growing urgency and alarm within his campaign. Over the last week, close associates have told both Mr. Trump and members of his family that he is in real danger of losing the race, according to a half-dozen people close to the Trump campaign and briefed on its activities, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid angering the nominee.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who lobbied in favor of the trip to Mexico, has told Mr. Trump that he must make immediate changes to regain his footing, associates said. And on Monday, Mr. Trump’s son Eric met with senior officials at the Republican National Committee in Washington and heard a grim prognosis of his father’s campaign, according to people briefed on the meeting.
Without a major shake-up of the electoral map, strategists indicated to the younger Mr. Trump, his father’s already narrow path to the 270 electoral votes he needs to win could vanish. Going through the swing states one by one, party officials showed Eric Trump that his father was drastically underperforming other Republicans in the polls.