- Timothy Stanley: Trump's goal is to nail down a base, grow it a little and then get it to turn out in huge numbers
- But controversy over his various statements is distracting from debate over more pressing issues, he says
Timothy Stanley, a conservative, is a historian and columnist for Britain's Daily Telegraph. He is the author of "Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between L.A. and D.C. Revolutionized American Politics." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Donald Trump has had a terrible few days. He has been sucked into a row with a Muslim Gold Star family, the Khans; criticized strongly by John McCain; and branded "unfit" for high office by President Barack Obama.