It’s not chaos. It’s Trump’s campaign strategy.

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Core backers find Trump controversies only deepen their support.

There can only be one explanation for the disgrace that is Donald Trump: he must have failed to realise that the film industry’s demonic portrayals of conservative politicians are politically motivated caricatures, not role models to be emulated. Even campaigning half as much as his rivals, Donald Trump is drowning them out in an echo chamber of insults and charged pronouncements that have taken over the presidential campaign.Bruce Goacher, a repo man in a camouflage cap and oil-smudged jacket, praised Donald Trump as he drove his flatbed through Davenport on Tuesday on his way to seize a delinquent borrower’s car.To wit, Trump is reminding the Republican Party that it better tread carefully when talking about his candidacy and his controversial—not to mention racist and likely unconstitutional—plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Trump’s been openly using the threat of an independent, third-party run as leverage since he jumped in the campaign, and the meaningless GOP loyalty pledge he signed in September has done nothing to change that.

All the while, some Republican officials worry the intense Trump focus is letting Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton escape serious scrutiny as she works to strengthen her case to general election voters in the 2016 contest. “He’s playing you like a fine Stradivarius violin,” former Florida Gov. As he told ABC News last month after rumors surfaced that GOP powerbrokers were looking to band together to take down his campaign: “I will see what happens.

And, on the night of the 2012 general election, Trump took to Twitter and proclaimed, “We should have a revolution in this country!” and “We should march on Washington and stop this travesty.” I called on NBC to dump him then. Prime Minister Hugh Grant – an anti-war version of Tony Blair – tells him to get lost, tearing up the “one-sided” special relationship in the process, to the cheers of a grateful nation. Jeb Bush told reporters who mobbed him after a campaign stop in New Hampshire this week — to get his reaction to Trump’s remarks. “This is what he does. I have to be treated fairly.” He was even more specific on Twitter about what he saw as an unfair attack on his campaign: “That wasn’t the deal!” It’s unclear to what degree the RNC and the rest of the GOP field believe Trump would actually go through with his threat and how much they’re simply afraid of alienating his loyal band of angry supporters. There’s no reason not to be afraid,” she told the crowd. “When bad things happen it does cause anxiety and fear, but then you pull yourself together and, especially if you want to be a leader of a country, you say, ‘What are we going to do about it?

As an insight into the Left-liberal mind, this scene takes some beating; the US president at the time was George W Bush and the invasion of Iraq had just been completed. A lifelong resident of a down-and-out industrial section of this small city on the Mississippi River, Goacher once slaughtered hogs at the local Oscar Mayer plant. He’s phenomenal at garnering attention.” Perhaps no one is more frustrated than Bush, the former Florida governor once thought the likely nominee but now fighting for relevance as Trump leads most Republican polls. From the driver’s seat of his tow truck, Goacher points to landmarks of his neighborhood’s decline –vacant lots and abandoned, boarded-up buildings. “That was a gas station.

For all the harsh words they’ve used this week, it’s telling that no one of note in the GOP has been willing to say he or she wouldn’t vote for Trump if he were the nominee, even as he’s suggesting we should bar roughly a quarter of the world’s population from stepping foot on U.S. soil. Bush spoke at length during his campaign stops about his strategy to stop the Islamic State, which he said President Barack Obama and Clinton, as secretary of state, had foolishly dismissed. The fact that pundits and politicos aren’t dismissing the third-party threat out of hand, though, is a helpful reminder of two things: 1) No one knows what Trump will do or what exactly he even wants; and 2) the real estate tycoon would be able to make a third-party run without breaking the bank.

Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims “runs counter to what I, and others who have actually been in the Situation Room, making hard choices, know what we have to do.” Mrs. If Trump were a normal candidate, no one would take a third-party threat seriously, since an independent run would doom his own party while offering himself no path to the White House. Trump’s gift for showmanship – his stand-up-comedian riffs left his Davenport audience chuckling as often as cheering – can obscure his appeals to bigotry. Instead he’s focusing on massive rallies and most often on national media interviews — frequently conducted on the phone from Manhattan’s Trump Tower.

He admires Trump’s “no-bull attitude.” “I think he’s writing all his own stuff, ‘cause it’s too off the wall for anybody to write something like that,” he said the day after seeing Trump at the Davenport Speedway, where Goacher used to race stock cars on the dirt track. He has tried to justify his proposal by insisting it is “no different” from interning Japanese-Americans during World War II, as authorized by President Franklin D. As for Trump’s agenda, Goacher likes it all. “He’s not going to deport everybody – just illegals,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with that.” Echoing Trump, he said some were “robbing and killing to survive.” Goacher mentioned a local company that charges “eight, ten grand” to replace a roof. “OK, there’s a boatload of Mexicans come by, and you can get it done for two or three grand. At the same South Carolina rally where he read his no-Muslims statement aloud, he also suggested “closing that Internet up in some way,” saying it had become a breeding ground for radicalization. Britain should never forget that our erstwhile lack of vigilance allowed the rise in the mid-Nineties of the phenomenon that later became known as “Londonistan”; after 9/11, America became so worried about how many extremists we were harbouring that it tightened controls on UK-US travel.

That’s hurting the business person that’s here.” The resonance of Trump’s immigration rhetoric has disturbed many Republican leaders, who fear lasting damage to a party struggling to win favor among minorities. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that apologized on behalf of the U.S. government; admitted the internments were the result of racism; and authorized the payment of reparation. It took the 2005 London atrocities before we really started to get our act together; the security forces and the police have since foiled a large number of planned attacks. Steffen Schmidt, a political science professor at Iowa State University in Ames, said Trump was using his skills as a salesman to take advantage of the Republican rank-and-file. Bush issued a formal apology for the “great injustice”; in 1992 he signed follow-up legislation providing more funds for reparations. (More than $1.6 billion was paid to former internees and their heirs.)

As he put it at the Tory party conference: “In some madrassas we’ve got children being taught that they shouldn’t mix with people of other religions; being beaten; swallowing conspiracy theories about Jewish people”. The last thing we need is Islamophobic hate from the likes of Trump making it more difficult for the Prime Minister to tackle the small minority of genuine extremists, and forcing Britain back into a deluded but comfortable state of denial.

The knock-on effect from the new, nastier tone from the US presidential race also risks damaging centre-Right parties more broadly, especially in English-speaking countries, making it harder for them to appeal to ethnic minorities. He seeded his campaign with about $1.9 million but reported contributing just $100,779 during the past fundraising quarter. (Meanwhile, his campaign brought in a total of $3.6 million from people not named Donald J. As a successful repo man, he sees some of himself in the former star of “The Apprentice.” When repossessing a car, it’s best to dodge contact with the owner, Goacher explained. Trump.) While his rivals and their affiliated super PACs are spending millions to get their faces on TV, Trump gets significantly more airtime simply by picking up the phone and calling one of the cable news networks. The Republicans keep falling short in America because they cannot woo enough Hispanics; and, until recently, the Tories were losing an ever greater number of seats because they couldn’t attract minorities either.

But when it’s unavoidable, an innate ability to size people up quickly is essential. “I can look at somebody, in 30 seconds of talking to them, I can tell you whether they’re a con, they’re a rip-off, or they’re a pretty decent person.” Yet this year, Tory MP Bob Blackman grabbed 50.3 per cent of the vote, in part because of his successful courting of the increasingly affluent Hindu electorate. British minorities who follow the news will inevitably hear Trump described as a Right-winger, as the Tories are here; there may be recontamination via osmosis. They really need a Hispanic candidate if they are to have a good chance of winning next year, and reversing the catastrophic damage already inflicted upon them by Trump.

As for the Tories, they need to continue to make it clear that there is no contradiction in simultaneously believing in religious liberty while working to root out Islamist extremism.

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