By – Susan Greer
Practically everyone recognizes Donald Trump as a wealthy American businessman magnate and television personality. He’s also the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Behind the thick cartoon character-like head of hair, the leader of the Trump Organization is sharply critical of others around him. He has no fear of getting down and dirty in politics, and he doesn’t really care because he is confident he’ll win the election.
Donald Trump is no saint. The twice divorced and three times married Republican candidate has a history of four bankruptcies in his climb up the economic ladder. He even donated money to democrats which helped put politicians like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in power. He also gave money to the Clinton foundation, established by former President Bill Clinton. If Trump wins the nomination, he will most likely face former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a bid for the presidency.
Interestingly, Trump supporters are willing to overlook those indiscretions. Why? Five main reasons; he isn’t part of the existing political establishment, he’s a bright businessman, he is funding his own campaign so he is not beholden to anyone, he desires to “Make America Great Again,” and he is outspoken, sharp-tongued, sarcastic and brash. While some people may perceive these last words as negative attributes, the majority of Trump supporters love his directness. His tell-it-like-it-is attitude makes him a political Superman, yet it may also be his kryptonite.
Most of Trump supporters describe Donald’s attitude as “refreshing,” following eight long years of President Barack Obama’s failed policies. Nowadays, Americans are ashamed to have our powerful country viewed as “weak.” Obama’s degrading of the military, his bad deal with Iran, his failure to strongly support Israel, and his desire to allow Syrian refugees into the country even though there is no way to vet them according to the FBI, are just a few of the reasons Republicans and Democrats have lost faith in Obama’s ability to lead. Just as people are giving up on “hope and change,” along comes Donald Trump.
Trump wants to strengthen the military, he calls the Iran deal “terrible,” he strongly supports Israel, and Trump wants to maintain tight control over who can enter our country. He’s taking a tough stance on immigration, even wanting to end birthright citizenships. He talks openly about the border with Mexico, and wants them to pay for the wall. He compares governments, “Because our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid, and the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them, they don’t want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them?” Bam!
Trump said of himself, “Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much as a turn-on as his money.” Possessing an obvious discord with women, it is ironic that he still garners support from many of them. Most of us remember when he insulted former Republican Candidate Carly Fiorina by saying, in an interview with Rolling Stone, “Look at that face!?” He added, “Would you vote for that?…” Later, he clarified that he was discussing her “persona.” In a memorable Republican debate, moderator Megyn Kelly questioned Trump’s temperament and asked if he was fueling the “War on Women.” She cited the names he called women, including “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” Trump replied, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” In a follow-up interview, Trump described Kelly as having “blood coming out of her wherever” following the Republican debate. This sent a shock wave through the media. Later, Trump cited Kelly’s questions as unprofessional and further labeled her a “loser” and “bimbo.”
Thanks to Trump’s “energy,” Americans have witnessed plenty of mudslinging and character assassinations. Trump used the term “Little Marco,” to describe former candidate for President, Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Lyin’ Ted is the nickname he openly calls his Republican political rival, Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The name calling reminds us of behavior we’d expect from Honey-Boo-Boo, not from a political leader. For those unfamiliar, Honey-Boo-Boo is a kid who rose to fame in TLC’s reality series, Toddlers & Tiaras. She is known for being “a child tyrant,” whose persona includes bluntness and crudeness. Is Trump the Honey-Boo-Boo of politicians or is this all part of the game?
In a new line of attacks, Trump threatens to “spill the beans” about Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi. This was Trump’s response to an ad run by an anti-Trump super PAC showing Donald’s wife Melania in a risqué photo. Cruz said he has nothing to do with the piece and adds, “If Donald wants to get in a character fight, he’s better off sticking with me because Heidi’s way out of his league.” Trump retweeted a photo of a grimacing Heidi Cruz alongside a glamourous photo of Melania, with the captions, “No need to ‘Spill the Beans’” and “The images are worth a thousand words.”
Generally, young people are excited to vote in elections. An increasing number of new voters are stating that they have no desire to vote, or are turning to Bernie Sanders. Perhaps they are attracted to the buzz words that Sanders uses, such as “free college for everyone,” without understanding the full ramifications of socialism on freedom and the economy. Whatever it is, a good number of young, well-educated people are becoming disenchanted with Trump. The name calling, escalations of violence at rallies, campaign traumas, and frustrations within the party are big turn-offs. In fact, Trump has stated he will no longer honor a pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee for president because he believes he’s been treated unfairly. The other nominees aren’t saying if they’d back the party’s pick either, but these are all signs of internal rifts.
Meanwhile, circulating on the internet is a photo of a menu board which sits outside of a restaurant. It reads, “I am (check box) Republican, Democrat, Having a glass of wine.” Of course, the box for “Having a glass of wine” is the only one checked. The caption above reads, “I think many of us feel this way.” It’s an exhaustion with politics that we see coming out through humor. A video is going around, whereby young children watch clips of Donald Trump in action. One child responds with, “He’s like a 5-year-old.” While we may laugh this off, many voters feel that Trump is not “presidential enough” and that his political incorrectness overrides his ability to lead. So, who is the real Donald Trump? Washington outsider? Smart businessman? Sexist? Down and dirty politician? And is he “presidential enough” to lead the nation?
Tell us what you think.