With just days left until America votes for its next president, Donald Trump is trying his best to “stay on point.”
How do we know? He said as much Wednesday night in a public pep talk he gave himself during a rally in Pensacola, Florida.
“We are going to win the White House. We’ve got to be nice and cool, nice and calm. All right, stay on point, Donald, stay on point,” Trump said to laughter from the crowd. “No sidetracks, Donald. Nice and easy, because I’ve been watching Hillary [Clinton] in the last few days and she’s totally unhinged. We don’t want any of that.”
Trump’s motivational message to himself comes after a week in which the FBI’s renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s emails has dominated headlines and narrowed her lead over Trump in the polls. The new development has given Trump some respite from the recent onslaught of sexual assault allegations against him that have threatened to derail his candidacy (and which he has continually denied).
Trump in turn has shown new self-discipline in the final days of the election. When former Miss Universe Alicia Machado — the victim of Trump’s infamous 3 a.m. Twitter rant in September — slammed him while introducing Clinton at a rally on Tuesday, he didn’t react, on the campaign trail or on Twitter. When Rosie O’ Donnell — whom Trump couldn’t resist criticizing during a presidential debate — taunted the GOP nominee and called him a “child rapist” in a flurry of tweets on Wednesday, Trump again remained silent.
RELATED VIDEO: Donald Trump Blames Colin Kaepernick for NFL’s Poor Ratings
Why the sudden change? A Trump confidante credits the bombshell FBI announcement as the wake-up call that finally got through to Trump. It was like a “thunderbolt from God,” the source told CNN, and it gave Trump hope that he could actually win the election.
Another Trump source says the candidate’s newfound sense of self-restraint has to do with timing. Trump is telling people close to him that he realizes he has been in the “red zone” — but now he can see the “end zone.” “He is a closer,” another source told CNN, also calling Trump a “big game player.”
With the race tightening once again in the final stretch, it might just be anybody’s game.