Dem accuses Trump of sabotaging own campaign

Dem accuses Trump of sabotaging own campaign
© Greg Nash

Facing friendly fire from GOP critics and lagging in the polls, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPelosi on criticism of leadership: 'This is such a small item, it isn't about me' Scarborough: Obama controlling Trump with 'Jedi mind tricks' Juan Williams: Trump refills the swamp MORE is trying to sink his own campaign, Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) contended Thursday.

“It appears as if he knows he will not be the next president of the United States, so he's trying to sabotage this thing because he's not used to losing,” Carson said during a press briefing in the Capitol.

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Trump, who's led a remarkably provocative campaign since launching his bid last summer, has grown only more combative since solidifying the Republican nomination at the party's national convention in Cleveland last month. 

In recent weeks, the Manhattan billionaire has attacked the family of a slain U.S. soldier, defended Russian aggression in the Baltics, kicked a crying baby out of a campaign event and suggested that gun enthusiasts could somehow prevent Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPelosi on criticism of leadership: 'This is such a small item, it isn't about me' Trump: Obama didn't 'choke,' he 'colluded or obstructed' Juan Williams: Trump refills the swamp MORE from appointing liberal judges. 

The episodes have defied the hopes and predictions of national Republican leaders, who were expecting Trump to soften his tone as he shifted his sights from the GOP primary to the bigger stage of the general election.

In response, a growing number of Republicans on and off of Capitol Hill have said they simply can't support their nominee. A few have said they'll vote instead for Clinton, the Democratic hopeful. 

Carson said Trump's ego, his political inexperience and an absence of able handlers have conspired to hobble his campaign.  

"It's clear that Trump doesn't have people around him, or he hasn't had people around him, who can correct him. And when you're in political life, you often have to answer either to the press and most importantly to your constituents, and he has not had those levers of accountability,” Carson said at a press conference with other House Democrats in Washington that was focused on the Zika virus. 

“So it's clear when he sees poll numbers declining, he's crying like a baby. And what you're seeing is not a meltdown, but someone who's trying to sabotage himself to clear the way for President Clinton.”