Donald J. Trump campaigning at a New Hampshire town hall on Aug. 19th, 2015. Trump holds a commanding 17-point lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 35 percent to 18 percent, according to a new CBS News national poll of likely Republican primary voters released Thursday. PHOTO CREDIT: GREG RICHTER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Donald J. Trump, above, campaigning at a New Hampshire town hall on Aug. 19, 2015. Trump holds a 17-point lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 35 percent to 18 percent, according to a new CBS News national poll of likely Republican primary voters released on Thursday. PHOTO CREDIT: GREG RICHTER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

What Donald J. Trump has injected into a usually dull political process is unprecedented.

He has turned three-hour debates, usually reserved for policy wonks, into appointment television, producing soundbite after soundbite.

He’s carried himself like a high school bully and has continually shut down conventional candidates. This includes his personal punching bag Jeb Bush, as seen when he cited his poll numbers—“Well Jeb I’m at 43 and you’re at 4”—in reference to Trump’s once-enormous lead in Iowa.

Trump wants to “Make America Great Again” by being a straight-talker and speaking what’s on his mind. But he has set the record for the most statements rated “pants on fire” by fact-checking site Politifact. So how much of a straight talker can he really be?

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For all his mindless theatrics, Trump has occasionally, and surprisingly, struck the nail right on the head.

Before he started calling every single Mexican illegally coming across the border a rapist, he made an interesting assertion about political correctness: That people need to not be so easily offended, and that political correctness was something he doesn’t have time for. Political correctness is a result of the outrage culture we live in. Not having the tough conversations that the U.S. surely needs because someone is offended is dangerous.

Depending on one’s foreign policy views, Trump’s notion of “bombing the s**t out of [ISIS]” is appealing. This has been a popular talking point in the GOP camp, but the absolute destruction of ISIS should be a unanimous goal regardless of political party. But when Trump dips into Islamophobia and demagoguery, he ruins these ideas — a common theme for him.

During the Republican debate in South Carolina, Trump again reaffirmed his stance that, “If we went into Iraq we would destabilize the Middle East.”

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Although Trump’s stance on the war wasn’t confirmed until a year after the conflict began, he reiterates he was against the invasion from the beginning, even calling the entire operation a “disaster.”

His important point comes when he goes to the liberal talking point well: George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and the neocons in Congress mislead the public, saying there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

I wouldn’t go as far as Trump did in calling the war a failure, but the government did mislead the public about the situation in Iraq. Blind allegiance to our former president when it comes to foreign policy kills the GOP.

But undeniably, what Trump has done to our political system is absolutely remarkable. He’s essentially Ross Perot with a Queens accent that talks in everyday English. He doesn’t use political jargon and bore you to death like Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio.

The scary thing is, he’s in first place in most national polls of likely GOP primary voters without exposing a single policy or position in detail.

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But two things are true: he does spout some…sensible ideas, and he’s absolutely turning 2016 into the most memorable election in recent memory.

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: GREG RICHTER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

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3 comments

  1. Trump never called “every single Mexican illegally coming across the border a rapist.” If you call yourself a news site, then try being factual. Otherwise, you’re a fairy tale site.

  2. For all their caterwauling, rending of clothing and teeth gnashing about Trump, the “intellectuals” miss the one really important thing about him. His is NOT a policy wonk. He doesn’t know everything about foreign policy or for that matter domestic policy (although I guarantee he knows more now than Obama did about both at this point in HIS campaign for the White House in 08).

    But that’s not really the job of a President now is it. Just like a CEO is not expected to know the minutiae of his 10,000 employee company a President is not expected to know every detail of everything on the planet.

    But like a CEO (which Trump IS by the way) he is expected to know how to surround himself with people and experts that DO know everything about everything and then exploit that talent to its fullest extent.

    Obama failed miserably at this basic qualification to run an organization. He surrounded himself with sycophants and yes “people” that told him what he wanted to hear rather than what he NEEDED to hear.

    Trump has a proven track record of success doing exactly this. He is a billionaire in the toughest industry to get there in. For all his bluster when it comes time to put pen to contract he has the answers and those answers came from his hand picked group of experts.

    So you can get uptight and indignant about Trump’s personality, but don’t ever make the mistake of the “intellectuals” in believing that he isn’t a “doer”. The American people see that and they will put him in the White House because of it.

  3. Trump is an applied psychology genius. His understanding of persuasion puts him in a completely different league than the pundits and other candidates. That’s why they are so confused by his success. It’seems funny listening to them because they fancy themselves as intellectuals.

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