He is as fluid on actual issues of policy as any candidate in recent memory. It would be little surprise if Trump got the nomination and immediately said his pledge to build a giant wall with Mexico and kick out 11 million undocumented immigrants was just a joke. He is not a candidate of serious policy. He is a candidate of celebrity, attitude and anger.
But on temperament, there is only one Trump. The real estate magnate can be briefly magnanimous and presidential in times of victory. Witness his short and buttoned down remarks following his win in New York. But when things go badly for Trump, he reverts to bilious tantrums almost instantly.
People seem to have so quickly forgotten Trump's rage storm after getting trounced in Wisconsin by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. In a statement, Trump's campaign accused Cruz of campaign finance violations and raged against the establishment: "Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet," the statement said, "he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump."
Trump is likely to do well in the mid-Atlantic primaries on Tuesday but he faces another potential loss to Cruz in Indiana, which will award 57 crucial delegates on May 3. The statewide winner will receive 30 of those delegates. And Trump has a razor-thin margin to get the 1,237 delegates he needs to lock down the nomination on the first ballot at the convention in Cleveland in July. Every delegate counts.
Does anyone expect that if Trump loses to Cruz in Indiana that he won't go completely bonkers yet again? And what if he falls well short of 1,237 delegates and Republicans refuse to simply hand him the nomination anyway? Will the "new" Trump take it in stride and pledge to abide by the rules and accept the will of the convention if they move on to another candidate on subsequent ballots? Not a chance.
And even if Trump somehow manages to contain himself, his rabid supporters are not likely to follow suit. Following Trump's complaints about a "rigged" system denying him delegates in Colorado and elsewhere, some Trump supporters are now issuing death threats to party leaders.