There are few more polarizing people in this country than Donald Trump. To some he epitomizes what is wrong with America, excess, greed, ruthlessness and cold hearted. To the faithful Trump supporters, he represents what this country is all about, capitalism, making it from scratch, not being stopped by anyone or anything.
Either way you look at it, there is one thing that cannot be denied (and no, I am not talking about his hair), Trump is an American icon and institution.
While he may know everything there is to know about business and how to make millions of dollars, does he know anything about being President? Yes he has been the leader of a huge corporation, and can handle that without issue. But there is a huge difference between a corporation and a country. When you lead a corporation with an iron fist, you are considered a tycoon and a man among men, when you run a country that way, you are considered a dictator and an ass.
I know we have been down this road before, 2012, 2008 and I think even 2004, but here we go again.
Why does Donald Trump think he can be President? Does he have the ability to lead America back to the top of the food chain, rather than the kind of laughing stock we have become globally? Should he be the man who represents the Republican Party in the 2016 Presidential elections?
I know the Democrats hope that he is the man picked by the GOP. After all, he had not been in the race for 5 minutes (literally), when he put his Bruno Magli’s in his mouth by saying “When Mexico (meaning the Mexican Government) sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you (pointing to the audience). They’re not sending you (pointing again). They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people! But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.” Not the way to endear yourself to the voting public.
But for better or worse, Trump is one of those who don’t care what you think of him. The only thing he cares about is winning; at whatever it is that he is doing. He will spend whatever he has to, and do whatever it takes to come out on top. That has been his philosophy in business (to a major degree of success) and it will be his philosophy as he runs for one of the most powerful positions in the world.
Despite this, and other faux pas, Trump is doing well amongst his Republican followers. He has a 53% favorable rating, behind only Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, but in front of Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul.
What Trump has going for him is name recognition. I mean I don’t believe there is a voter in this country that doesn’t know who Donald Trump is. As a captain of industry, I would imagine that trying to do things like balancing a budget would not be a problem for him. I am just not so sure how much he knows about foreign policy and diplomacy. Not so sure I want our Commander-In-Chief meeting with the leader of a rogue nation, say North Korea and telling Kim Jung-Un, “you’re fired!!!” It has international incident written all over it.
The thinking by the Democrats here is simple, if Trump wins the Republican nod, there will be so many Republicans who are turned off by Trump that they will vote Democrat because ANYONE would be better than the Donald.
With the election just over a year away, it will be interesting to see if America is really fed up with politics as usual, because Trump is not your usual politician. The good thing about him is that he has enough money that he should never have to cow-tow to special interest groups.
Is that enough to rename The White House, Trump Towers West? I don’t think so. Is the Donald what’s best for the country? Again, I don’t think so. But I will say this; he instantly makes it all seem a lot more interesting.