Yes, it's another Trump thread, and why not? It's been awhile since we talked about the Donald and his recent escapades.
I posted a thread last July asking what draws people into supporting him, and many people replied they liked the fact he isn't establishment, he tells it like it is, and that he would run government like a successful business. At that time, however, even the conservative-minded people here voiced their belief that Trump would only maintain the lead until a more credible, viable alternative came forward, or until the field whittled down and Republicans would rally around one of the established candidates, instead of splitting the vote that allowed Trump to maintain his lead.
Well since that time, and much to everyone's surprise, we've seen the mainstream candidates rise and fall; Carson, Fiorina, Rubio, Kasich, none of them capable of mounting a credible campaign to stop the Trump juggernaut.
So here we are nine months later, and Trump is still the frontrunner. And worse, the only hope that the establishment Republicans have to get rid of Trump is if they can prevent him from getting enough support to have a majority going into the Republican Convention in July.
It seems that the more outrageous he becomes, the more his support goes up, while being a frontrunner hasn't encouraged him to develop a platform on foreign policy or referring to 9/11 as 7-Eleven (where first responders were apparently putting out a fire in a Slurpee machine!).
“I do know what to do and I would know how to bring Isil to the table or, beyond that, defeat Isil very quickly. And I’m not gonna tell you what it is".
"It's very close to my heart because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center."
You can't make this stuff up.
I think the primaries have thrown the Republicans into a state of self-implosion. If Trump goes into the Republican Convention with a majority and becomes the Republican candidate, a lot of conservatives will likely just stay home on election day rather than vote, meaning the Democrats will win. If he doesn't secure the majority and the party elects another candidate, then Trump's supporters won't rally behind the party's choice and stay home, meaning the Democrats will win. If Trump mounts an independent campaign, the vote splitting will allow the Democrats to win. I think the turmoil in the Republican party will need a good decade of analysis and introspection before it can unite together.
As the race continues, it's becoming clear that Trump is appealing to conservative white men, and continuing his attack on women. Rather than debate policy around health care and equal pay, Trump continues his sexist attacks against Clinton and her supporters, accusing her of "playing the woman card." Not content to stop there, he later stated that Clinton would not even be a contender if she were a man.. He stated to Vox's Liz Plank "The only thing she's got going is the women's card,, she's got nothing else going. And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote."
Right! Like being a woman and playing the woman's card is guaranteed to win an election in a country that ranks 95th in terms of female political participation, and has elected zero women presidents in its history. What woman wouldn't want to play the woman's card? It means getting paid less, paying more for personal hygiene products than men, being perceived more negatively than men when being assertive, and having their body parts and choice of clothing subjected to scrutiny when discussing policy. Accusing Clinton playing the woman's card makes about as much sense as 'playing the transgender card' while running for political office in North Carolina!. I think women of all political parties can relate to the sexism Clinton faces. Trump would do well to remember that when he accuses Clinton of playing 'the woman card' he is accusing her of playing 'the half the population' card!
Honestly, I just haven't seen him identify any policies, perspectives or vision for the country, other than self absorbed narcissism and self promotion. What is it about this guy that taps into the current of credulity? The betrayals of the voters by the Republican establishment,, year after year, no doubt contributed to this, but why this particular candidate as the 'anti-establishment' candidate? His headstrong stubbornness and shallowness makes him a dangerous man to have in the White House, with enemies around the world on the rise, and developing missiles that can deliver nuclear bombs. Just the thought of Trump having the power to appoint justices to the Supreme Court, who will have lifetime tenure and make decisions for decades to come should sober up people taken in by rhetoric.
A mixed bag of inflammatory rhetoric and political positions, none of which indicate any serious thought pertaining to complex issues, is not a principle. Nor is boasting or cheering for himself. I just don't get it.