Donald Trump believes he has lost the presidential election. That’s the only reasonable explanation for the Republican nominee’s decision on Saturday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to reiterate his claim that the more than 10 women who have accused Trump of past acts of sexual assault are liars. Trump also said he would sue them.
Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign, Trump said at the beginning of his speech near the site of the consequential Civil War battle. Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.
There are 17 days left before Election Day. Millions of Americans have already begun casting their ballots via early voting. Trump may be an unconventional presidential candidate, and he’s particularly prickly at perceived affronts to his reputation, but a statement like Trump’s in Gettysburg is not one of a man who believes he has a chance of winning. It’s an act of resignation. Even the words Trump used—after the election is over—indicate he’s mentally moved past November 8.