What do you think is good and/or bad about Donald Trump running for President?
I think as a businessman he could fix the economy and be a shrewd negotiator, but as a diplomat (meaning diplomacy) I'm not so confident in his ability to get through a meeting without pissing off a foreign leader.
Do you think he could "fix" our economy by declaring bankruptcy? Like he has done many times before. What do you think will happen when he refuses to pay back the loans that the US has taken out?
He lacks the manners needed to conduct business as President, perhaps some of his business skills could be helpful however that won't translate into great success as President and Austinstar has made excellent points re: multiple bankruptcies.
I think it's good for established politicians to see just how out of sync they are with the way things have been going. It's not coincidence that Trump and Carson (Two men who have never been elected to anything) are leading the polls for the Republican party.
On the Democrat side all the enthusiasm is for socialist/progressive candidate Bernie Sanders as opposed to the sure fire Hilary Clinton.
Ultimately I believe these candidates will push the established candidates into new areas to talk about what the voters want to hear them talk about. It's going to be (clear) differences in party platforms.
Having said that I believe in the end it will be an established political candidate that wins both party nominations. Nevertheless they will have been forced to change because of people like Trump, Carson, & Sanders. It's been an attention getter for traditional politicians.
While he may energize elements on the right, his rhetoric is never going to win the middle. His comments on Mexico will lose him Florida. We've seen how important swing states are.
Yes, this. His speeches seem to be more about alienating people than bringing them together. It's like he's trying to insult his way into the White House!
He is smart; however, although I appreciate his directness and business manor, he is either knowingly or unknowingly a great divider or polarizer, if you will. I fear he will bring more minority and women voters to the Democratic cause... Actually a brilliant chess move by the Democratic "machine" or more precisely the "Machiavellian" and deep rooted Clinton Machine...
I'm certain he knows he is polarizing and is okay with it. Maybe he devotes his attention to other things which provide him more joy & satisfaction. I don't think that he is the absolute best Republican candidate for President.
He is not the best Republican candidate; I believe he is not even Republican...
He is a successful self made millionaire, which mean he got what it take to be a good governor. His flaw is that he have no experience in politics. I would hope that he would at least serve as a Senator or governor for at least one term or serve as secretary of state, as a warm up, before running for President
Success in business is great however, it often does not translate to success as a politician. I think he has both good and bad traits & needs to stay on topic rather than using personal attacks on others.
He inherited some of his wealth from his father's low income apartments. He's probably a crook. I think Trump is too vain to run for office. His hair is more important to him. He has hair plugs. Can't accept his age? Not good.
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He's lying about the Iran deal...he thinks Rush Limbaugh is a great guy...he keeps calling everybody stupid....he wants to increase the military...AS IF they don't spend enough!....it doesn't occur to him that the Veterans adm is having problems because there are WAY TOO many vets, due to WAY TOO MANY "wars"....I have never seen someone put America down like he does....he loves Israel i/e, will do NOTHING about illegal settlements and the occupation....the wall on the border is about as anti-American and idea as you can get--stop the CIA drug-dealing, maybe you'll stop the criminal element...his wife is an immigrant....his mother was....his kid's mother is, yet I guess they're ok, cause they're not Mexican.....he was fined for red-lining, thinks blacks are inherently lazy (maybe he's changed his mind, now that he's running for prez)....wants "short men with yarmalke's" counting his money...."cherishes" women, unless they want to make up their own minds about their own lives.....an ego driven by false bravado and NO CLUE about the people he puts down on a daily basis. A right-wing poseur but dangerous. His idea seems to be big talk, big military, no compromise. I don't want any more money going to military!! I want the Iran deal. I want to expand the ACA, not get rid of it. I don't want any more Republicans who take away from need to give to greed! BTW--his tax talk and fixing America talk are straight Obama ideas.....how come no one calls him a socialist? How come he calls Obama stupid, when he has the same ideas? Sorry--I don't believe in kissing rings....we don't need a despot running around the world "making deals". And who will benefit? You can bet, not us stupid people who voted Obama. Stop putting down America, Trump! We don't need you to make us great. And might does not make right. It makes might: which we can't begin to match with China and Russia as partners....who saw no choice but to come together, thanks to the over-reach and hubris of these neo-con eras. NO MORE!
Has Trump really outlined any specifics for things like reducing the deficit, reducing the cost of higher education, health care---or, really anything? All I've heard from him is a bunch of generalities, and insults directed towards other candidates. His speeches seem to be all about how Donald Trump is smarter and better than everyone else, and not about actual issues that face the next President. I don't think that qualifies him to be President, and I think his circus is distracting Republicans from finding a candidate that could really do good things for this country.
1. He represents (or pretends to represent) one of the three corps constituencies of the Republican Party. That is the unapologetically racist side that loves war and loves money. Every time the GOP puts a candidate forward that breaks ranks from the typical safe political narrative of candidates, The People of the Party flock toward him. We saw the same thing with Ron Paul in 2012 when he represented the libertarian side of the Republican Party and was suppressed because he couldn't raise enough money. We saw the same thing in 2008 when Mike Huckabee represented the Christian fundamentalist side of the Republican Party and he too was suppressed because he had progressive leanings on social issues. Men like Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan made similar waves in the 1990s.
2. He's helping to crush political correctness, which has gone completely out of control. I prefer transparent honesty over political correctness. Words are just words after all. And I need to know where someone truly stands.
1. He's not very intelligent--sort of a brute. One doesn't have to be sharp to be rich. One has to be shrewd, knowledgeable about a particular market or field, competitive and willing to do things that others are not. If a guy has to constantly tell people "I'm intelligent", then chances are he isn't. People focus too much on how Trump says things rather than what he's actually saying. Read a transcript of what comes out of his mouth and it sounds like something a petulant teenager would say. Building a wall to keep out Mexicans out is science fiction or something Stalin or a Chinese emperor would do. If he knew anything he would see that most of the people coming across the border are not Mexicans, but people of El Salvador or other Central American countries. The Mexican migration has mostly ended.
2. He's a celebrity. He made his money through real estate--a generally crooked field. From there he wisely built a brand of himself by "buying up" airtime and celebrity status. He's been advertising himself since the 1980s and been threating to run for president since the 1990s. His self-promotion gained him his second-greatest success eventually as a TV celebrity and game show host. The guy is a celebrity and walking marketing and branding machine. In other words, he's false--false in a different way from other politicians. But he's false all the same.
Yes! He is not a politician thus is not bought and paid for. He will work for us the America voter. He is a brilliant business man who has actually created hundreds of jobs and will create more after elected. The people who don't like this idea rather get government handouts. He is wants to protect the American homeland from radical Islamic terrorist by screening who is coming in to our country and why. The people who don't like this idea have been drinking PC kool aid for so long they have forgotten who did the killings in Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino or 9/11 . He wants to close our boarders to keep drugs, criminals, and illegals who commit crimes like shooting Kate Steinle and others
(www.breibart.com) out . The people who don't like this don't understand the meaning of word "illegal" and have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by the liberal mainstream media. Mr. Trump wants to take care of our military and veterans. The people who don't like that should move...maybe to Syria or Afghanistan. Need helping packing? Just ask the millions of Americans who believe it is time to make America great again...because it isn't now.
I think Trump is an ego maniac who is also a narciciist. He loves attention. He really doesn't want to work. He only wants to have the title of "President".
The best thing about Trump running is the multitude of Democrat platitudes that he's voiced over the years. He's been anti 2nd Amendment, he's advocated late-term abortions, and single-payer health care. He's mouthed support for almost every cockamamie Democrat ideal that's been pushed down the pike. I like that because it means Trump and Hillary share the same side of a coin. Having Trump and Hillary on the side of the coin lying face down in the steaming manure pile means that the shiny, upward-facing, obverse side can be represented by the Libertarian ideals of Johnson and Weld. The TRUE hope of our country lies in people reading the platform (at lp.org/platform ) and then being able to faithfully articulate these policies to their friends and neighbors. This year's Libertarian ticket is a gridlock breaker which truly promises a pathway to a functioning government.
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