Donald Trump has become invincible as a 2016 Presidential Candidate. On day one of his candidacy, Trump made comments that are considered by many to be incendiary and toxic. However, what would kill any other candidate’s chances only makes him stronger. Why?
The attacks are coming from the right and the left, and Trump is driving both the “Republican Establishment” and the Progressive Media insane. Political commentators, such as Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell, are so fearful that they have not only attacked Trump, but attacked his supporters, describing them in some of the most derogatory terms.
Donald Trump Statements
Trump made his announcement to run for President with a statement that the Mexican government is encouraging (if not pushing) rapist, drug dealers, and other criminals into the United States so that they did not have to deal with them.
Progressive Media described the comments as Trump labeling all Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists. In the days and weeks after, the news was filled with stories of illegal aliens, who the government had the opportunity to deport, committing murders and rapes. Trump’s popularity increased.
John McCain attacked Trump supporters in Phoenix, calling them “crazies.” Trump attacked back, and hit hard. The American people were told what to think about Trump’s response, and that he was attacking McCain’s character and heroism.
However, Trump was attacking McCain as a politician, and for the way he has handled issues such as veterans and immigration. Trump’s popularity again increased.
At the Fox Debate, held last week, Megyn Kelly questioned Trump about calling women he “did not like” fat pigs, dogs, and disgusting animals. Trump fired back saying, “I’ve been very nice to you, although I could maybe not be based on the way you’ve treated me.”
Pundits across the political spectrum used Trumps reply to prove he is a misogynist. Whether one feels the reply was appropriate or not, Trump is an equal opportunity attacker. When he believes someone has unfairly came after him, he punches back and punches back hard.
We can have the conversation about if Trump should be so aggressive. However, his behavior can only be described as misogyny if one believes Megan Kelly is frail, women are the weaker sex and need protected, and Trump should not treat all people equally. Once again, Trump gets a bump in the polls.
America revolts against the Political Class
The reason none of this sticks to Donald Trump, causing a negative effect, is because people are tired of scripted politicians who tell people what they want to hear, and then do something different. America is revolting against the Political Class.
The American people are tired of hearing “if you like your doctor, you can keep him,” only to find out the statement was a strategic lie. The American people have caught on to that fact politicians intentionally don’t fix problems, such as immigration, because both sides want to keep “wedge issues” that get people fired up.
Since the very first televised presidential debate, in 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, politicians have become more image over substance, and campaigns have become more scripted and formulaic.
Nixon showed up to that first debate having just been released from the hospital after a knee injury. He had a 5 o’clock shadow, a wrinkled suit, and appeared underweight. Nixon also refused the help of a makeup artist. As a result, those Americans who listened to the debate on the radio thought Nixon won; those who watched on television thought Kennedy won. The modern political strategy was born.
No matter what anyone believes about Donald Trump, he is fundamentally changing American politics for the better. He has exposed the American people’s hungry for politicians who are authentic and real, not just some well-groomed and manufactured automaton of the Political Class.