He was a candidate that polarized the nation. In the primaries the voter’s base had loved him. He said all the right things, most thought he was the second coming of the GOP. Once he’d won the Republican nomination, though, his gaffes became legendary.
He handed the election to her when the nation went to vote
That had always been the plan. He had to ensure that he was such a buffoon that no one would want to vote for him. How else was this nation going to get past its reservations on electing a woman president unless the alternative was him?