Donald Trump—lightening rod for the political right, power broker or both?


BIRCH RUN, MI - AUGUST 11:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference before delivering the keynote address at the Genesee and Saginaw Republican Party Lincoln Day Event August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. This is Trump's first campaign event since his Republican debate last week. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Donald Trump, GOP front-runner, (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

The Trump Persona Shines Forth…Once Again

Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump stated in a CNN interview on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 that there might be the possibility of riots from his supporters if he doesn’t receive the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  In making these statements on live television, many in the media are left to wonder if Trump’s warning is really a veiled threat.  No matter the case, Trump’s persona is being used as lightening rod by both political liberals and conservatives to secure a stronger foothold in Washington politics, whether they instinctively mean to or not.

Based on an interview (3/17/2016) on CNN’s “New Day” early-morning show conducted with Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) of the Energy and Commerce committee, the media appears to perceive Trump’s comment as a threat and a signal to his zealous supporters to do something if he is not nominated.  The press and many social forecasters, the same, have great reasons to fear him. Mr. Trump, being the skilled, wheeling, dealing, NYC business tycoon and a wisely-discerning reader of human nature that he is; is able to use certain rhetoric, whether intentionally or not, to galvanize his power base into action…and his political colleagues into disdainful embarrassment. Based on the violence in recent Trump political rallies, as well as the infamous skirmish with Univision news reporter, Jorge Ramos, the Trumpster is well-known for his no-nonsense style of personal expression and for having no problem refusing to mince his words, especially on issues concerning select groups of people like Muslims and Mexican immigrants. This highly-charged, verbiage is often spoken to the great delight of many of his fearless and faithful supporters.

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Univision reporter, Jorge Ramos during a Trump Rally on August 25, 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Negativity Draws Out the Beast

Trump’s political rallies have become hotbeds of protest and social unrest over the course of the ritual scramble for the White House power seat.  It seems that any negativity that surrounds a candidate tends to add to their public attractiveness and draws people into their vortex.  Can we hear enough about Hillary and her emails?  It appears that people who are not adept to this vein of thought are the easiest and the first to fall under the spell of people like Donald Trump and not be fully aware of just how foolish they appear to be to the acutely observant world around them.  Who can forget the Muslim woman, Rose Hamid, who was thrown out of a rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  She was a protester who sat quietly, but, somehow, she drew heat anyway.  Why?  Perhaps, it may have been her appearance that piqued the interest of concerned parties around her.  It’s no secret that some of Trump’s supporters are anything but cognitively quick on the draw. With her ousting, she and her other cohorts in the crowd (who, by the way, went unseen because they “appeared” to be Caucasian) were able to bring to light the “pink elephant” about Donald Trump and a lot of his constituency; that he appeals to the lowest possible denominator in many of his staunchest supporters.  In order for this Muslim woman’s White co-conspirators to get thrown out like her, they had to make a scene in order to get noticed by the security.

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56-year old, Rose Hamid, staging a silent protest with a fellow protester, during a Trump Rally in Rock Hill, SC. (Jan. 2016)

I say, kudos to those who dissent, for dissention initiates balance in a so-called, Democratic society!

A Government by the “Shee-ple”

No dissention can stand without an organization.  Given, many of the protesters who’ve been pummeled at Trump rallies belong to organized protest groups like “Black Lives Matter,” for instance.  It would be silly for a person to walk into a situation to willingly and knowingly be treated like garbage and not have a base of operations and unwavering financial backing. This is also a heads up to African American Trump supporters and rally-goers, if they respond with shock and outrage at being beaten and ousted from these events.  It would be foolish to think that Mr. Trump, Hillary and all the rest of these Oval Office scrappers are not aware of these dissenting elements and that they ultimately have to answer to them. In some cases, they may even have power over them. In Trump’s case, bad press draws and his language, however divisive to his Party, in particular, has catapulted him to the top of the Republican game.  Donald Trump is riding the waves of dissent.

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The tumultuous scene at the Trump Rally in Chicago (3/11/2016)

An American Political “Snapshot”

All the negative press surrounding Trump’s loose lips has only added momentum to his candidacy. What many perceive as anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican and anti-woman rhetoric has aided Trump in galvanizing a strong, blue-collar base constituency, many of them enthusiastic, first-time voters, according to CNN.  Some of these very supporters are, apparently, willing to “go to blows” with any protester who manages to make their way into a  Trump rally.  All of this madness is occurring, much to the dismay of many prominent Republicans who are looking to salvage the Party’s image before the big election in November.  House speaker, Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, have openly distanced themselves from Trump by condemning his abrasive rhetoric and lack of crowd control at his rallies.  Republican senator Lindsey Graham has thrown his support behind Republican Trump rival, Ted Cruz, of whom Graham was most critical, in order to send a strong message against Trump and his raucous, unconventional campaign stylings and personal abrasiveness.

David Plouffe, former senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama and Bloomberg News analyst, speaks at the Bloomberg Year Ahead: 2014 conference in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. The multi-day gathering of CEOs, senior executives, public sector officials and leaders in finance will look at how some of the worlds biggest industries are changing and the forces at work behind the change. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
David Plouffe, former senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama.  Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Representative Chris Collins stated in the CNN interview that some in congress believe Trump has “sowed-up” his nomination with high supporter demographics from coast-to-coast.  According to former President Obama aide, David Plouffe, many independents and Democrats have switched over their loyalties to support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.  Congressman Ben Rey Lujan (D-NM) sees a Trump win in November as a sure bet for a Democratic house. Because of these developments, Plouffe believes that Trump shouldn’t ever be underestimated as the Republican front-runner.

Why not?  So many people appear to want some of what Trump is riding on in order to grab the power seat in the next presidential term…perhaps, even the Republicans, themselves!

From “Sour Grapes” to Port Wine

Trump may be riding high, on the surface, but within the GOP, there is a deep split because many view Trump’s divisive rhetoric and his laissez-faire attitude toward crowd control as a stain on the image of their Party.  At least, this is the message that is brought forth by the media, as opposed to Trump expounding, in many ways, on the traditional Republican party image of old. All this public carnage continues to be the case despite the fact that Trump appears to be the stalwart of the Republican presidential nominee pool.  But, one has to wonder how much a political party has to endure or is, quite possibly, willing to endure in order to save face and reclaim its unspoken and absolute authority in American politics.

Quite frankly, it’s all propaganda to me…

and may the best candidate win in November!

(Too harsh?  What’s your two-cents?)