Update: Quotes of the day on Donald Trump are surprising. As we’ve noted, the usually serene Dana Perino went berserk and continues her hysterics (first on The Five then on The Kelly File). We posted Rush Limbaugh laughing yet warning “This is gonna resonate.” Then there’s Sista Sarah Palin:
Mr. Trump should know he’s doing something right when the malcontents go ballistic in the press! There is no denying Donald J. Trump’s accomplishments and drive to create opportunity for every willing American to succeed. His own success is testament to the job-creating achievements made possible when one applies the courageous and tenacious pro-private sector precepts we need to fire up the economy. Trump joins a competitive field of GOP candidates that will duke it out in the arena of ideas and track records, a field representing diverse achievements.
Donald Trump has one great strength which was on ostentatious display today as he announced his 2016 presidential run in a TelePrompter-less 52 minute speech. Trump’s detractors call him a carnival barker full of hot air. It cannot be denied Trump is a vainglorious self-promoter whose favorite topic is himself and his successes as well as near constant name dropping.
We won’t quibble or deny any and all attacks against Donald Trump. Insult him all you want. We’ll declare Donald Trump a free fire zone. But Donald Trump has one great strength, one powerful asset, one Donald Trump Tower-sized magnificent ability: Donald Trump speaks English.
Donald Trump speaks English, not the mush-mouth mumbling of the political class which poses as a dialect of English. Donald Trump in his announcement speech used a word that few, make that zero, politicians use. Donald Trump used the word “stupid” to lambaste the stupid political class that rules our country like Soviet era Romania, and about as successfully.
It was not just that Donald Trump spoke English to deliver clear declarative declarations. Donald Trump was unashamed. Mitt Romney ran for president ashamed of his wealth and accomplishments. Donald Trump, like a sleazy storefront evangelist, boomed out his pride at being really really rich and promised to make America and Americans rich.
Donald Trump understands that Americans don’t want to be eating crumbs off the table of plutocrats and the political class. Trump infused the old stale bromide “the best social program is a job” with vitality and vigor. Trump told Americans not to be satisfied with government handouts but to glory in all the triumphalism of having a job that pays real money not just subsistence.
Here was Donald Trump, plutocrat and disjointed speech maker, the very very rich guy, denouncing the Republican Party leadership for ObamaTrade. It was not the first time Trump denounced Republican leadership and ObamaTrade.
China? Trump made it clear he loves China. Trump crowed that the biggest bank in the world, a Chinese bank, rents space at his garish Trump Tower.
Mexico and illegal immigrants? Trump almost declared war on Mexico and while acknowledging some illegal immigrants are good people, focused on the criminals and scoundrels that cross the border. The bombastic Trump even declared that as president he would build a wall between the United States and Mexico and that he would get Mexico to pay for building the wall.
As Trump swerved from topic to topic like a drunk in a bar, spitting out enough one liners to explode Twitter, he still managed to captivate. That suit he wore. It was perfectly matched red, white, blue, as the flags behind him. It was obvious marketing and very well done.
Jeb Bush? Donald Trump tore at Jeb? and all of Jeb”s greatest hits. Common Core? Trump burned the texts for Common Core. It will be, as Donald Trump himself blares, must see viewing, when the GOP candidates debate on August 6.
Like a winning horse at Belmont, Donald Trump understood that his opponent is not Hillary Clinton, but the horses on the track. First comes the Republican primary so Trump fired his blasts at the targets he must destroy to get the nomination.
Barack Obama? Trump understands that Barack Obama occupies the White House and therefore Donald Trump blasted at ObamaCare, ObamaTrade, and the other disasters of Barack Hussein Obama.
Will Donald Trump be the Republican nominee? We doubt it. But stranger things have happened.
We do know that Donald Trump’s voice will be destructive to the GOP but at the same time a voice that must be heard. Those that believe Donald Trump is a clown not worthy of attention or a bull in a china shop should realize that many Americans want a bull to cause some damage to our fragile teacup politicians and political system. Donald Trump should not be sold short:
In a new Bloomberg-St. Anselm poll of New Hampshire, Donald Trump is running in fifth place in the 2016 Republican presidential field. [snip]
In a WMUR Granite State New Hampshire poll taken a short time earlier, Trump again placed ahead of Huckabee, Carson, Perry, Santorum, Fiorina, Jindal, Kasich, and Graham.
In Iowa, Craig Robinson, a former state GOP official and founder of the Iowa Republican blog, recently published a piece headlined “It’s hard to ignore Trump when he’s doing all the right things.” “Trump has spent more time in Iowa this year than Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie combined,” Robinson noted, “and he has more trips to Iowa already scheduled.”
To some Iowa Republicans, Trump’s hiring of the respected veteran GOP operative Chuck Laudner — last seen guiding Rick Santorum to a hard-won caucus victory in 2012 — is a sign Trump is serious about the possibility of running for president. Laudner has, in turn, hired three staff members — at this stage in Iowa, that’s a fairly substantial campaign. Trump is running a smart operation, Robinson notes, and seeing encouraging early signs:
He addressed a crowd of over 500 at Simpson College in Indianola, and last week, he had a crowd of over 800 at Wartburg College in Waverly. In addition to college stops, Trump has been headlining fundraising events for Republican candidates and organizations. Trump has done events for the Polk County Republican Party, state Sen. Jack Whitver, Secretary of State Paul Pate, and the Scott County GOP. In each instance, Trump has helped each draw impressive crowds.
In a recent conversation, Laudner gave the practical, insider’s view of what Robinson observed. “We signed up more people in Waverly last week than the rest of the candidates combined will see when they come to Bremer County,” Laudner told me. [snip]
The bottom line is, by the various measurements journalists use to evaluate campaigns — crowds, staff, money, candidate time on the ground — if the Trump campaign were being conducted by anyone else, journalists would take it quite seriously.
But virtually no one does. [snip]
On the other hand, amid all the showmanship, Trump went on to cover a number of issues — Iran, China, trade, national security, federal spending, global warming — in serious, albeit highly informal, ways that could connect with a substantial number of Republicans. By the end, Trump had delivered a lot of showbiz and a bit of substance in a mix that had the crowd on its feet.
What to make of it all? Here’s the important thing to remember about Trump, or any other political candidate, for that matter: Maybe you think he’s a clown. But some voters, perhaps a significant number of voters, take him seriously. They’re not dumb. So the question is, what concern of those voters, what need, is being addressed by Donald Trump?
Byron York additionally makes this smart observation, “he’s really running against the politics, and the politicians, of both parties. He’s presenting himself as the man who gets things done, party be damned — and the man who is so rich he won’t be beholden to any party boss or fat cat donor.”
It’s always dangerous when the political system and political leaders are so failed that citizens look for a straight talking man on horseback to rescue them or at the very least say what needs to be said. But that is where we are at.
Donald Trump’s voice is needed. Today, Donald Trump delivered.