Trump’s Game Plan
All of the quotations included in this article about Trump’s game plan are taken from an article first published on Salon.com.
Now that Donald J. Trump’s occupancy of the Oval Office is in its eighth month, it might be interesting to take a look back at some thoughts about Trump’s meteoric rise to the presidency that were voiced well before the U.S. presidential election of November 8th,2016
What is Donald Trump’s Game Plan? Does he have one or is his decision to throw his hat into the ring and become a Republican presidential candidate just another bold move on the part of a man who has based his entire career as a real estate developer writ large on the big, the bold and the unexpected? Did the meteoric rise of Donald Trump as political/presidential candidate “just happen” or is it something else entirely? According to the above mentioned source, it is clearly and unequivocally the latter.
“…Trump was approached two years ago by GOP operatives who wanted him to run for governor of New York. To their surprise, he declined but added that they would be useful when he ran for president. “I’m going to walk away with it and win outright,” Trump told the group, “I’m going to get in and all the polls are going to go crazy. I’m going to suck all the oxygen out of the room. I know how to work the media in a way that that they will never take the lights off of me.”
He has been compared to Adolph Hitler, and like the man who brought death and hell to so many he never gives/gave any sign of doubting himself – in any way and at any level. According to one of Trump’s ex-wives, he kept a book at his bedside that was filled with quotations from “Der Fuhrer.” There is something, truth be told, eerily similar about the way both men smiled after a particularly good speech with a smile that says “I got ‘em going.”
Power abhors a vacuum, and in the wake of the Clinton presidency of the nineteen nineties Americans have lived in just such a vacuum. With elected officials who were nothing if not uninspiring – at least until a newbie Barack Obama and the populist Bernie Sanders (at least if you weren’t a Republican) came along. Unfortunately, the former was obligated by the sorry state of the economy when he took office to take on a more “nuts-‘n-bolts” role by trying to help to keep the average American from falling into a state of abject poverty – or worse.
The freewheeling and scheduling-conflict free lifestyle of a free agent was not readily available to this most cerebral of presidents. It is conceivable that even if he had the time to do nothing but make stirring speeches in front of adoring crowds, his preference for intelligent discourse and the practical fruits of state craft might prevent him for doing so.
As for Bernie Sanders, the purity of his beliefs is held as an article of faith by his supporters. Senator Sanders, however, is no showman, and his straightforward and shenanigan-free personality does not make for the kind of rating-friendly ambiance that major news networks are looking for. Despite his strong showing in the Iowa primary – losing to Hillary Clinton by less than a hair’s breadth– and despite the existence of a highly motivated support base, it is questionable whether this idealist has the street fighter’s skill and willingness to make victory happen in a contest that is often so heavily influenced by big-money and systems-smart power brokers.
The Trump phenomenon was unexpected, and that accounts for much of its success. Like a tornado, it happened fast, seemed to come out of nowhere, and promises to sweep away all obstacles. As some would argue, however, we live in a universe of perfect cause-and-effect, and we can get to the bottom of just about anything if only we are persistent in our attempts to do so. This includes the real story behind Donald Trump’s candidacy in America’s 2016 presidential race. According to the writer of this above mentioned article, there are both a rhyme and a reason to Trump’s political success; a success which is anything but accidental:
“Trump’s strategy is nearly perfect. On the one hand, he’s tapped into a vein of resentment in the country, and in a way no serious politician could. And on the other hand, he’s free to say whatever he wants, no matter how controversial, because doing so breathes more oxygen into his campaign. Even more advantageous, he’s entered the race at an ideal time. The public — for good reasons — no longer trusts Washington. Trump is a hack who can’t fix anything, but people make bad decisions when they’re anxious or angry, and Trump is offering them an alternative to the status quo. This is what demagogues do, and it usually works.”