Campaign Symbolism 101: Donald Trump’s Emergency Landing

It turns out Donald Trump lost altitude in more than just the Iowa caucuses this week.

Exhibit A: Mechanical troubles forced Trump Force One to make an emergency landing in Tennessee on Wednesday.

From ABC’s The Note:

Donald Trump’s Private Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Nashville

Donald Trump‘s private jet made an emergency landing in Nashville Wednesday afternoon after the pilot reported engine problems, officials said.

The Boeing 757 landed in Nashville at 4:40 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Trump tweeted away the malfunction with his usual bravado.


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Regardless, the Trump Dump brings back memories of a similar tarmac attack during the 1988 presidential race (via Oxford Journal’s Public Opinion Quarterly).

[A] flat tire on Michael Dukakis’s airplane on the tarmac became an irresistible metaphor for his predicament in the polls. The tire became the focal point of the Dukakis story that day. Just as Dukakis can’t get off the ground in the polls, his plane today couldn’t get off the ground at the now forgotten airport. It is a shot . . . seen many times since, be it a candidate stumble, a mumble, or yet another case of airplane trouble.

Then again, consider this graphic from Wednesday’s New York Times:


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If Trump can corral North Carolina, why not color-coordinated Tennessee as well? Maybe on Super Tuesday the Volunteer State will help the GOP Hair Apparent take off.

Anything’s possible with a kamikaze pilot like Trump.

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