Donald J. Trump hurled himself into a new effort to reshape the presidential race on Monday, scrambling to allay voters’ concerns about his temperament and put Hillary Clinton on the defensive over her critical comments about many of Mr. Trump’s supporters.
Though Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, has largely
withheld comment about Mrs. Clinton’s health, showing uncharacteristic
restraint after her campaign announced she had pneumonia, he took Mrs. Clinton’s unexpected absence from public view as an opportunity to press his case with ferocity.
Among Mr. Trump’s advisers, there is a sense of
urgency. With eight weeks left in the race — and just two before his
first debate with Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic nominee — Mr. Trump may
never again have such a window to make his argument to voters more or
Without a forceful message and iron discipline
heading into the debates, Mr. Trump could struggle mightily to overcome
the deeply rooted opposition to his candidacy. An ABC News-Washington Post poll published
over the weekend showed Mrs. Clinton with a five-percentage-point edge
over Mr. Trump nationally, with six in 10 voters describing Mr. Trump as
unqualified and biased against women and minorities.