The following is from the June 16, 2016, edition of USA Today. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story.
June 16, 2016
By David Jackson
DALLAS — One year ago, Donald Trump rode down the lobby escalator at his midtown Manhattan office tower and launched the presidential campaign that upended Republican politics — a campaign that now may be facing a make-or-break crossroads.
"Who knew this was going to happen?" Trump told supporters Wednesday in Atlanta in celebrating his first 12 months as a presidential candidate.
Yet, while marking the anniversary with a Thursday night rally in Dallas, Trump continues to face criticism from Republican lawmakers and is now looking at a loss of support in the polls after his comments following the terrorist attack in Orlando.
"I think we're seeing some of the weaknesses of Donald Trump as a general election candidate, as opposed to a Republican primary candidate," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
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