Today’s Campaign Update, Part III
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Here’s one of the main reasons why Donald Trump was elected: Because he doesn’t mince words. – I knew Donald Trump would win the GOP 2016 nomination on the night of August 6, 2015 when, in a question in the first GOP debate , moderator Chris Wallace asked all 12 candidates on stage to give him a direct answer to a simple question.
I paused the TV, turned to my sweet wife, who was watching the debate with me, and said, “Watch this: Trump’s going to be the only person on stage who gives a direct answer. All the rest of them will bridge over to some canned talking point.” Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened – Trump answered the question that was asked directly, while the politicians on the stage all answered some other question that was not asked.
For all intents and purposes, the battle for the nomination ended right there. 2016 really was a very simple campaign to project, once you realized that the true mood of the American people was for change. Real, radical, undisguised, unvarnished, non-talking pointed change. Trump was the only candidate offering that during the GOP primary season, and he was also the only candidate offering that during the general election.
The true genius to Donald J. Trump is that, despite all of his accumulated wealth and privileged upbringing, he’s really just one of us. He’s an ordinary guy who loves his country to the exclusion of all other countries, and loves Americans to the exclusion of all other nationalities.
And – the real magic – he says exactly what is on his mind. Unlike pretty much every politician in Washington, DC, Donald Trump is not a captive to talking points monkeys and other members of the professional political class. Unlike his opponents in both parties, Trump doesn’t need focus groups or polls to determine what he believes and says – he knows all of that innately and expresses it each and every day.
So when he went to speak to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on Friday, he said exactly what was on his mind, and in the process of doing so, correctly characterized what he has been put through by the Deep State over the past two years as a coup d’etat:
“They tried a coup,” the President of the United States said, “It didn’t work out so well.” The crowd went wild with applause, but he didn’t stop there. “I did not need a gun for that one, did I?… They were trying for an overthrow and I caught ’em.”
Donald Trump at NRA today escalates “coup” smear against opposition party: "They tried for a coup, it did not work out so well. [Applause] I did not need a gun for that one, did I?… They were trying for an overthrow and I caught 'em." https://t.co/BxX8JGHUo7
via @atrupar @cspan pic.twitter.com/yFatoR34Ro
— Xeni (@xeni) April 26, 2019
This is part of what makes Donald Trump so unique: While there is really no question whatsoever that he is 100% correct in his characterization of the efforts to depose him by the Deep State Cabal, no other president in our modern history would have possessed the courage to say what Trump said today. Not even Ronaldus Magnus, who told Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” over the persistent objections to pretty much all of his advisors would have taken the fight to his U.S. political opponents quite this directly. Teddy Roosevelt might have done so. Maybe.
This plain-spoken bluntness, this refusal to become just another captive to the D.C. professional political class, is what separates Donald Trump from everyone who took him on in 2016, and from everyone of both parties who plan to oppose him in 2020.
This was the main reason why he won in 2016, and it’s the main reason why he will win a second term in office next year.
The day you hear President Trump sounding like just another talking-points parrot is the day you will know our country is well and truly lost. Be glad you haven’t reached that day and most likely never will.
That is all.
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