What is Donald Trump Doing?
Earlier today, The Hill published a column, “Republican Exodus from Trump Grows.” List-style, for more impact, the column names names: elected officials, former elected officials, party officials, conservative media. Is Trump worried? If he is, he’s not showing it. As for the Republican “officials” not being on the Trump train, that’s understandable. People like Mark Kirk and Kelly Ayotte are in very tight, close races back home. As for others, such as the media types like Erick Erickson, et.al. also understandable, as for this writer, they’ve proven too conservative in their views.
There has been hesitation in this corner to climb onto the bandwagon that many pundits and others already were driving. Trump has been given a fair hearing, some of his comments have rung a bell, while others should be relegated to reality television, and best left there. He is a businessman who has been successful in his own right, and through the use of media has succeeded in reading the mood of certain segments of the country. The fact that he’s not politically correct has been a key factor in his rise to the top of the Republican Party as its nominee.
Trump has had a better grasp on the working man and woman’s fears and aspirations than two-thirds of the bureaucrats and elected officials sitting in Washington and state governments. Yes, subjective opinion. But ask the coal miners who once had well-paying jobs and supported their families, and now find themselves out of a job because of green crony capitalism. Or the DEA or ICE agent who stands helplessly by, when thousands cross our borders illegally without fear of deportation, because that agent has been ordered by superiors to look the other way. Or the individual who has to work two jobs now because Obamacare has forced the employer to cut hours from 40 to 30 per week.
Trump has talked about real issues that matter to people. So Trump’s latest descent into mouth madness has been all the more disconcerting. This brouhaha with Kzihr Khan shows that Trump sometimes just doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut. Instead of commiserating with the parents, thanking them for their sacrifice, and leaving it at that, Trump lit a fire that the media turned into a conflagration, as most people knew they would. Poor Pat Smith hasn’t garnered as much media attention in four years that the Khans got in four days.
Trump came off of a convention bounce where polls indicated he won over some people who may have feared he was some kind of a nut. The convention showcased his articulate family and other prominent speakers who stuck their necks out for him through their support. So does Trump stay on message, does he pound Hillary, does he lay out his policies as a CEO instead of P.T. Barnum?
Trump’s biggest problem is Trump. He’s still filling the halls, but he needs to stop and take stock of the people who are supporting him — the little guy known as part of the working class and the disappearing middle class. People, who have never voted or cared about voting before, are pinning their hopes on the fact that Trump will make good on his promises and bring back parts of the America they once knew, that have been disappearing before their very eyes.
Trump’s family, especially his daughter, Ivanka, has a big influence on him. They need to do an intervention with Dad and soon. The longer that “The Donald” puts his foot into his mouth, which seems to be every other day, the more he risks losing this election, and letting down the very people whom he claims to love. Trump, at times, doesn’t seem to realize that this is not reality TV. He calls his campaign and winning the nomination “a movement.” With less than three months to the election, it’s time he makes it more about the movement, and less about him, if he can.