The Apprentice Season 11: The Donald’s Primary
Celebrity Reality Show Host Donald Trump’s truth is that every man can be bought at a price. He’ll say anything to anyone to get what he wants and if that means lying then so be it. After his announcement, NBC said they have to re-examine their agreement with him.
He may shoot every minute of his “run” and pitch it as a series, thereby dragging all the GOP candidates onto a reality show as public figures. I put nothing past this opportunist’s opportunist. He makes me laugh, and as a liberal, I have no problem with him making things awfully interesting and uncomfortable in the possible 33 man free for all that is the GOP Presidential Primary. If I were a serious candidate like Bobby Jindal or Rick Perry, I’d be upset I’m gonna be on the outside looking in at the first Republican debates thanks to The Donald. In fact, strategists and consultants are effectively colluding to neutralize his potentially devastating impact. Politically, Donald Trump is a loose cannon that could turn the Republican primary into a complete joke.
Trump The Democrat
Trump held and probably still holds a number of positions supposedly antithetical to the GOP including advocating for universal healthcare, eminent domain (a caper that our nation’s metropolitan universities love), and that we should not hold Muhammad cartoon drawing contests, amnesty He has praised and donated to 23 prominent Democrats over the years. He has expressed support for President Obama. His first choice for a running mate would be Oprah.
In fact, from what we know, I’m pretty sure Trump’s going to support Hillary Clinton after he drops out of the race. This means criticizing whoever the Republican nominee is, as well as endorsing her, for when it comes to this GOP primary for Trump, the term slash and burn is what comes to mind. He has said he has little respect for the declared candidates in the primary, and has absolutely nothing to lose. The aid he provides to Democrats by having GOP candidates responding to, and even moving towards his outlandish statements and positions can not be unknown to him. I’m more convinced than ever that in addition to boosting his own brand, he’s in it to help Hillary. Their current jousting back and forth lifting his candidacy only reinforces this for me.
The Problem For The GOP
The fringe of the party has been stirred up by talk radio who know better, but have prioritized ratings as they equal money. Their loyal listeners are the types of people more prone to be whipped into a paranoid frenzy. To those people, politics is about grievances. So they now despise every entrenched or established Republican, and have gravitated towards Trump whose GOP credentials are far weaker than his measurable record of achievement. They’re not politically astute enough to see what’s feasible and what’s not. Trump’s strategy is to parrot their grievances so they’ll rally around him thus cultivating and cementing a loyal fan base. He did get Obama to release his birth certificate which should have reinforced what the vast majority of us already knew, but he did get it done right?
Trump The Businessman
Like most self-interested capitalists, Trump pays himself first and makes sure that his personal fortune is secure from any bad business decisions. As president, I imagine he would make bad decisions while covering his ass. He actually may not be a bad politician now that I think of it.
Trump’s a New York Republican in the mold of Michael Bloomberg and Nelson Rockefeller embodied outside of the state by Chris Christie and the Connecticut bred Jeb Bush. He has no issues negotiating as required for his interests. He has benefitted generously from the Fifth Amendment allowing the government to take private property for “public use,” so long as “just compensation” is paid. He has certainly been justly compensated in his dealings with the government.
Trump hates politicians whom are generally dishonest, so he offers us a private citizen who is generally dishonest. A skilled politician knows how to attach the salty truth we need with the sugar of the lies we still love. Which candidate will be able to navigate the three ring circus Trump gleefully builds as he feigns attempts to try to strike that balance. If you can’t, you’ll be fired.