Donald Trump’s dire warning that the United States is on the brink of a “massive recession” and his vow to completely eliminate the $19 trillion national debt in just eight years, is being seen as an attempt to establish himself as a serious candidate after a rough week, political analysts say.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post, the billionaire casino and real estate mogul warned of an impending economic collapse, saying “it’s a terrible time” to invest in the stock market and insisting that he will get rid of the national debt “over a period of eight years.”
Republican political analyst Ford O’Connell said Trump’s bold remarks suggest he’s looking to score political points on an issue that is “near and dear” to mainstream Republican voters as he heads into what is shaping up to be a difficult stretch of primaries, starting with Wisconsin tomorrow, where U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is leading in polls. Trump also is seen as having taken a self-administered beating last week with his remarks suggesting women who get abortions should face punishment if the procedure is outlawed.
“I’m not saying he’s not serious about cutting the national debt, but obviously this is an eye-grabbing plan as he’s trying to get conservatives back in line to vote for him,” O’Connell told the Herald.
“He needed to use an ‘US Weekly’ headline to make sure that he’s going to be able to stave off the bleeding from his projected loss in Wisconsin. He’s got to find a way to reassure the base of the Republican Party that he’s going to fight for the little man — and that’s why you’re hearing this debt plan from him.”