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Today’s Trump Apocalypse Watch: Again With the Rape Comments

A Trump supporter at the California Republican Party’s convention in Burlingame, California, on Friday.

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The Trump Apocalypse Watch is a subjective daily estimate, using a scale of one to four horsemen, of how likely it is that Donald Trump will be elected president, thus triggering an apocalypse in which we all die.

We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country,” Donald Trump said Monday on the subject of economic relations between the United States and its largest Asian trading partner. Trump is already viewed unfavorably by 70 percent of American women, and comments like that aren’t going to help him move that number downward, particularly coming from someone who launched his campaign with a different offensive comment about rape. The real estate heir has also obtained endorsements from Mike Tyson and Bobby Knight; Knight once said that people should “enjoy” rape if it was “inevitable,” while Tyson went to prison for raping a woman. The point is that the Trump campaign is not yet turning into a juggernaut of unstoppable mainstream appeal and good judgment.

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That said, nothing Trump has done recently has hurt his poll numbers in Indiana, where he is expected to roll over Ted Cruz Tuesday in a primary that will likely set him up to win a first-ballot majority at the Republican convention. Our danger level stays steady.

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