Trump is a political animal
Throughout the primary season, Trump surprisingly demonstrated a never seen before acute political instinct that is hard to match.
During the February Florida Republican debate, Trump was asked about former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s comment that his country wouldn’t pay for Trump’s “fucking wall.”
“The wall just got 10 feet taller,” Trump shot back.
He then called on Fox to apologize for his foul language, reiterated that Mexico would, indeed, pay for the wall and hit Mexico for its countless sins against the United States.
In slapping down the former Mexican president, Trump reiterated and confirmed his toughness and nationalistic fiber.
Trump did the same thing when he turned Ted Cruz’s “New York values” attack into a riff about 9/11.
And again, reaffirming his patriotic values, in response to the San Bernardino terror attack, when he proposed his now infamous temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States.
Everyone denounced him. Apparently, no one agreed with him.
Trump could not care less. For trump, the emotional punch of the ban, and the way it differentiated him from the other candidates, was the important thing and ultimately, a large part of the Republican voters agreed with him.
In New Hampshire, 65 percent supported the ban, in South Carolina, 74 percent supported it, in New York, 68 percent.
Trump calls it as it is
With no pollsters, no speechwriters, no fundraising staff, little campaign organization, few TV advertisements, no debate prep, Trump has won the Republican presidential nomination.
Trump’s achievement is not so difficult to comprehend.
He did it by pounding a simple, emotive message over and over: “Making America Great Again”. He did it not being afraid of controversy and saying it as it is. It made him stand out from a field of an original field of seventeen candidates.
Trump’s every act of outrageousness reinforced his reputation as the “truth-telling” outsider.
Challenging and changing the rules
Trump while proving to be an exceptionally skilled politician was also fortunate. Not being taken seriously, for most of the primary season, there wasn’t any organized effort against him. He won three out of the first four contests while his rivals squabbled among themselves.
The establishment initially bet on Jeb Bush, and then, tapped out financially and psychologically, did nothing to rally around Cruz, whom many insiders fear and hate more than Trump.
Rubio may have been an option but trying to go against Trump mano to mano was not is greatest idea.
All of sudden, it became clear that the only alternative to a clean Trump nomination was a contested convention.
Trump has changed all the political rules. What he has done is not easily replicable. Now it is on to the next test: Will the Trump’s recipe work in the general election or will he fade away?
It would be foolish to discount his chances.
JMD is an enthusiastic private and public events speaker, writer, syndicated columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.