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.


Donald Trump: Against all odds

Everyone said it wouldn’t happen. Everyone was wrong.

May 3, 2016, Donald Trump pulls off one of the most unlikely electoral coups of modern times. Toppling the political and media establishment, Trump becomes the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

His campaign initially dismissed as a joke, Trump confounds the pundits to such a degree that all bets are off about how the rest of the 2016 Presidential race might unfold.

‘Thought I’d be going longer’

Even Trump himself seemed surprised by the swiftness at which he locked down the nomination. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday May 4, Trump said he expected Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton to finish her primary campaign before him. “I’m even surprised,” Trump said. “I thought I’d be going longer, she’d be going shorter.”

But the drudgery of presidential politics leaves no time for relishing victory.

In his first full day as the presumptive nominee, Trump’s campaign had to quickly shift gears from a primary fight to a search for a running mate.

Meanwhile, Trump faces a host of new questions including whether his unorthodox approach to winning the GOP primary will translate into a general election battle against one of the biggest names in politics today: Hilary Clinton.

Starting from a tough place

The latest CNN/ORC poll dated Wednesday May 4 find that Clinton leads Trump 54% to 41% in a potential general election match-up. She is more trusted than him on issues ranging from foreign policy to education and health care.

Still, by a 50% to 45% margin, voters say Trump would do a better job handling the economy. And almost 9 out of 10 voters in the poll called the economy extremely or very important to their vote, outranking any other issue tested in the poll.

The political skills that Trump brought to the primary fight could prove potent in a race already shaping up as a bitter, nasty personal clash between the two presidential candidates.

Up to now, Trump’s tough tactics disrupted one of the most experienced Republican fields of presidential candidates in a generation. He destroyed the political hopes of Jeb Bush with his “low energy” jibe. He destroyed the political hopes of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio referring to them as “Lying” Ted and “Little” Marco.

Trump is now trying to take a similar approach to Clinton, dubbing her “Crooked Hillary,” accusing her to play “The Women Card”.

Revolutionizing political campaigns

With an spot-on eye for a rival’s weaknesses, Trump revolutionized how campaigns are won, becoming a master of social media, hijacking news agendas with skills honed on a reality television and a mastery of targeted marketing.

And with undeniable political skill, Trump became an earthy cypher for ignored blue collar Americans who revile conventional politicians as they struggle to get by in a wounded economy.

Using just a few issues, like illegal immigration, the toll wreaked on industrial communities by free trade and by playing into a wider sense of national decline with his “Make America Great Again” message, Trump made himself an unstoppable political force. His bite was so intimidating that by the time competitors such as Bush, Cruz and Rubio mustered the courage to criticize his past, his character and his politics, their campaigns were already faltering.

Clinton may not make a similar mistake. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, she showed no problem hitting Trump. “He’s a loose cannon,” she said. “And loose cannons tend to misfire.”

Even though along the primaries, Trump lifted his vote totals easily above the 50% mark, his core support in the blue collar Republican electorate still represents a minority of opinion in a nation that is becoming more diverse and less white.

Defying rock-bottom approval ratings

Trump enters the general election with rock-bottom approval ratings among Hispanics, African-Americans and women.

His rudimentary policy platforms will come under increasing scrutiny. Then voters will have to decide if they are willing to elect a President whose impact is already reaching far beyond the nation’s borders, triggering palpable concern abroad.

Trump’s critics worry that his political rhetoric on issues from immigration to women’s rights take American politics closer to the dark fringes of demagoguery than it has been for decades and the Democratic barrage has already begun.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren went on the attack soon after Trump’s triumph in Indiana tweeting that Trump built his campaign on “racism, sexism, and xenophobia” and that what happens next “will determine whether we move forward as one nation or splinter at the hands of one man’s narcissism and divisiveness.”

Many Democrats believe that Trump’s victory in the GOP primary means they are almost certain to keep the White House. However, as the past year has proven, they would be unwise to underestimate the power of Trump.

Trump will be the next president of the United States of America.


JMD is an enthusiastic private and public events speaker, writer, syndicated columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.


Social networks are out to be more encompassing and controlling, more totalizing, than earlier media ever was.

Emotional appeals can be good for politics. They can spur civic involvement and they can galvanize public attention, focusing it on injustices and abuses of power. But there’s a dark side to social media’s emotionalism. Trump’s popularity took off only after, playing to the public’s frustrations and fears, demonizing Mexican immigrants and it worked.

The fact that experienced politicians are having trouble fitting themselves into the new mold is not unusual. Whenever a new medium upends the game, veteran politicians struggle. They go on playing by the old medium’s rules. They continue to follow the conventions of broadcast TV. They assume that television will establish the campaign’s talking points, package the race as a series of tidy stories and shape the way voters see the contestants. They may have teams of digital representatives tending to their online messaging, but they still view social media as a complement to TV coverage, a means of reinforcing their messages and images, rather than as the campaign’s driving force.

News organizations, too, tend to be slow to adapt to the arrival of a new medium. In the past, television, gave a theatrical rhythm to political campaigns. Each day was an act in a broader drama. Political campaigns were “narratives,” they had “story lines.” Social media is different. There is no narrative; there is no story line. There is no context. As a result, today’s political campaign reports are often out of sync with the public’s opinion and reaction and to events.

As an example, In July 2015, when Trump kicked dirt on John McCain’s reputation saying, “He’s not a war hero, I like people who weren’t captured,” in print and on TV, this comment received ample saturation coverage, but the narrative never advanced and far from apologizing, Trump kept attacking. While the tweets piled up, the public’s attention buzzed to newer things, and the story died even before it became a story. With Social media, we are entering a post-narrative world of campaigning greatly circumscribing and overtaking the power of traditional media in stage-managing political races.

Rather than narrating stories, newscasters are now reading tweets.

The Internet was intended as a participative tool, as a force for democratization. Early digital enthusiasts expected that the web would engender a deeper national conversation. This was absolutely wishful thinking and daydreaming. Already in the early days of the Social networks there were signs that online media were to promote and encourage a restless mob mentality. People were skimming headlines and posts, seeking information to reinforce their biases while rejecting any contrary perspectives and viewpoints contradicting their opinions. Even today and more ever than ever, public information gathering is still further tribalistic than pluralistic. Blog authors and blog readers, even more than ever, are now exclusively gravitating toward digital content that will reinforce their biases, their opinions and convictions. Originally intended to be a force for participation and democratization, the Internet is now the perfect tool for discrimination, segregation and ghettoization.

If there is one thing that the Internet achieved and Social media reinforced, it is the polarizing effect that broadcast media, particularly talk radio and cable news, had been having for many years. Today, Social media is turning out to be more encompassing and controlling, more totalizing, than earlier media ever was. Today, social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Google do not only regulate the messages people receive, they also regulate their responses thus seriously influencing public opinion.

Social networks and media are now shaping the forms of our discourse.

Facebook feeds us with a cascade of messages selected by their News Feed algorithm, and we are provided with a set of prescribed ways to react to each one of these messages. We can click a Like button; share the message with our friends or comment. On Twitter, we can either reply, retweet or favorite and, any thought we express has to fit a tight text limit. Google News also presents us a series of headlines underlining the latest trending stories. It then provides a row of buttons for sharing the headlines either on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook.

All social networks without exception are now imposing these formal constraints and limitations on what we see, what we read and on how we can respond, none of these restrictions having anything to do with promoting public interest. All these constraints and limitations only reflect the commercial interests of the companies and service providers operating the Social network as well as the specific protocols of their software programming. While the systematic formulaic quality of the Social media is well suited to the chitchat and gossiping that takes place among friends, when applied to politics and the political speech, these same constraints are nothing else than pernicious, inspiring insignificance rather than wisdom and enlightenment.


JMD is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.

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Donald Trump, a new reality to live with!

Donald Trump insults and exaggerates; he dismisses the need for public policy ideas; he gets confused about world affairs and, sometimes says things that flat-out aren’t true. And the cheers from his backers and supporters are only growing louder.

By the standards voters typically judge a presidential candidate and according to the media, The Donald should not even have survived his first day in the 2016 race. Yet as the summer draws to a close, Trump is still maintaining himself as the Republican front-runner.

Donald Trump is everything except politically correct; he is showing attitude and showmanship; he his vocal; he does not need anyone money; he cannot be bought; he is in a real total and absolute “Fuddle Duddle You” position.”

How refreshing that is!

Like water on the back of a duck

Trump’s uncanny ability to repeatedly stumble without any consequence other than increasing his popularity is befuddling his rivals. Uniting people, capitalizing on a people’s deep-rooted anger and frustration with the nation’s political leaders, President Barack Obama and all the conservative Republicans who haven’t sufficiently stood up to the Democratic administration, Trump is now defying all laws of electoral and political gravity.

Notwithstanding his obviously apparent political flaws, a now growing part of the American population is more and more entranced by Trump’s combination of self-assurance, his record of business success and the promise that his bank account is big enough for him to remain insulated from all the forces and evils they believe have poisoned the traditional politicians.

Trump may have started as a joke, but he may now be the real deal

It is these same flaws that the media and his opponents are imputing on him that make Trump even more popular and credible for a growing majority of the American voters. For these backers, voters and supporters who no longer trust or believe in the traditional establishment’s candidates who are constantly adapting their action and speech only to get elected, Trump his saying, no matter what the situation may be, what he believes in. Trump stands by his words and People know were he stands and what is to be expected.

It is a totally new social and political paradigm that is unfolding

Trump’s foibles just make him appear stronger than all his so-called presidential opponents. Even during his least flattering moments, his backers and supporters will emerge even more confident in his presidential capacity. For most of them, they may not have voted for years, they may not vote next year but today, Donald Trump is the answer to their prayers. For this majority of voters and supporters, it is those flaws that make him the leader America needs.


JMD is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.

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Trump in Nashville

“A lot of people are going to be very happy.”

Saturday August 30, Donald Trump promised to make an announcement “very soon” on whether he will rule out running as an independent candidate. For a few weeks now, State Republicans parties have been trying to put the squeeze on the billionaire businessman, who has yet to rule out a potential spoiler role. In order to appear on the South Carolina GOP primary ballot, the Republican presidential candidate must pledge by September 30 that he will not launch an independent or third party bid if he fails to win the nomination. And Trump has repeatedly refused to firmly close the door on such a move.

Speaking to the press after an hour-long speech to the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, the Trump said: “the Republican Party has been treating me very, very fairly. All I ask is fairness. Over the next couple of weeks, you’re going to see some things that are very interesting. I’ve been treated very nicely. I’m leading in every poll … I have a great relationship to the Republican Party, to the conservatives, to the evangelicals. … In terms of victory, running as a Republican would certainly be the best path to victory. We’re going to make a decision very soon, and I think a lot of people are going to be very happy.”

Asked if his staffs are fair game, Trump replied: “Sure they are,” but criticized his staff for putting up a sign at an event he had in Massachusetts Friday night that asked $100 per person for entry, allowing the press to describe it as a fundraiser when it should not have been called that. “I spend millions of dollars on jet fuel,” he said. “I’m turning down millions. I don’t want your money!” “I got so angry at my people because someone put up a sign saying $100,” he said. “First of all, its peanuts. It doesn’t mean anything. But they used it to try to marginalize me. The bottom line, is I’m self-funding my campaign.”

My opinion?

As an independent, Trump would won the presidential race!


JMD is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.

Hilary Clinton

Hilary cursed by a shaky handling of the e-mail controversy

The Democratic Party, whose presidential race has been overshadowed by Donald Trump and the Republicans, heads into the fall with its nomination contest far less certain than it once appeared.

As the Democratic National Committee looks up at its summer activities, members are left with a series of questions not just about Clinton, but also Biden, Sanders and the party as a whole. What can Clinton do to regain the trust of voters? Will Biden get in the race? And can Democrats capitalize on vulnerabilities that Trump and other Republican candidates have exposed in recent weeks, especially with women and Hispanic voters?

For all their glee at watching the Republicans, Democratic leaders are more inwardly focused today than they have been all year, with Clinton at the center of attention. The former secretary of state has responded to the doubts about her candidacy with muscle-flexing moves and, more significantly, a new tone in talking about the e-mail controversy. Inside the Clinton team, there is an acknowledgment that the issue has been badly handled and that it has given rise to broader worries about her trustworthiness and sense of entitlement.

Irrespective of the e-mail controversy, Biden’s decision to race or not, the increasing anti-establishment mood coursing through the electorate, such mood being magnified by Trump’s campaign, the summer has highlighted the challenges that Hilary and the Democrats are now facing in winning the presidential race.


JMD is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.

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Trump: “I deliver ratings!”

Trump is now transforming the battle for the United States presidency into a TV reality show. Trump’s allegations against illegal Mexican immigrants, his insults directed toward Fox News’s Megyn Kelly and his confrontation with Univision’s Jorge Ramos were bound to get some attention from the media.

Trump delivers ratings; Trump is on television nonstop.

Common belief and widespread view of the media was that Trump’s personal insults and nasty remarks, his conversion of the political speech into a form of self-involved stand-up against the establishment would doom his chances for the nomination. Trump has proven and still is proving everyone wrong. Trump may well become the next president of the United States. People are fed up with the traditional politicians, which are nothing else than mouthpieces that cannot get anything done.

The Republican Party created Donald Trump.

The Republican politicians made a lot of promises to their base and never kept them. They have kept their most conservative supporters at a very high level of angry mobilization, exploiting anxieties about demographic and social change. They kept pledging they would really and truly repeal Obamacare, even when they knew they did not have the votes. Trump is the revenge of the party’s non-insiders who are tired of being used and lied to.

Like it or not, Trump is there to stay and whatever the Republican Party does, the Party’s future depends on Trump. He runs as an independent, the Republicans have no shot at the presidency and Trump is increasing his chances. Many of the Democratic voters feel the same way as the Republicans voters about the establishment and the traditional politicians. Trump appeals to the masses.

Trump may well be at the origin of a formidable mass movement.

Trump has certainly gotten further faster than any of his Republican opponents and he is already fighting against the entire field of his possible Democratic opponent to the presidency. Trump is sitting atop some broad uprising rebellion of an endlessly increasing majority of people having to live from one paycheck to the other and being denied any chance of a brighter future. Trump’s visibility is his best weapon, the product of a new mass media circular reality: Celebrities bring ratings and the resulting attention they get further enhances their fame.

Trump’s unique contribution to the 2016 presidential race has been and still is to achieve a complete fusion of the culture of celebrity to politics. Television is a business like any other and nowhere is the tension between financial and public imperatives more obvious than in the massive media coverage of the Trump spectacular ascension. It is all about ratings and, plane, helicopter, arrogance, insults; Trump his bringing all the right props to the show.


JMD is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.


“Make America Great again”

MOBILE Al, Friday Night August 21 — It was the most audacious Donald Trump spectacle yet of the 2016 campaign. Trump’s flashy performance is now more than showmanship. It is more and more coolly strategic, touching down in the heart of red America. Trump, discussing every aspect of politics an American culture, is now doing everything in his power to demonstrate that his candidacy has broad and lasting appeal across every region of the country.

“We have politicians that don’t have a clue. They’re all talk, no action. What’s happening to this country is disgraceful. We’re running on fumes. There’s nothing here . . . We’re not going to have a country left. We need to have our borders. We need to make great deals. We’re going to build a wall,” said Trump.

Noting all the states where he leads in the polls, Trump added: “Has this been crazy? Man! I mean, it’s been wild. I’d like to have the election tomorrow. I don’t want to wait.”

The crowd was anything but silent.

Trump fans came by the thousands, driving from the Florida panhandle, from Mississippi, from Tennessee and Texas. Traffic was backed up for more than a mile. The most-enthusiastic Trump backers began arriving at the stadium at dawn. In the run-up, Trump made the rounds on Alabama radio stations, talking politics and college football. As the crowd formed Friday morning, Trump tweeted from New York: “We are going to have a wild time in Alabama tonight! Finally, the silent majority is back!”

Trump chose Mobile for his big rally in part because it is the hometown of Senator Jeff Sessions, an immigration hard-liner who has been counseling Trump and helped him develop his immigration policy paper. Trump is not the only contender who sees the South as a place where bids could rise or fall in the second lap of the 2016 race. But no one is putting on a show like Trump. As the sun began to set, the crowd in the stadium snapped their heads toward the sky. Here it was, gliding toward them: a glimmering Boeing 757 with “T-R-U-M-P” stretched across its navy blue body. The crowd roared its approval to Trump as his jet tilted away to land at a nearby airport.

How much more presidential than this can we get?


JMD is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.


Trump holds largest rally yet

The Republican Party is in total chaos.

Donald Trump brought 30,000 supporters from deep red Alabama to a Friday night pep rally, the latest sign that the Republican front-runner has broad, nationwide strength.

By any traditional and conventional measure, Trump is not a viable candidate. Yet he continues to dominate news coverage and the Republican race to the presidency of the United States. Thus far, there is no indication that his transgressions have caused the plunge in his poll numbers that the Republican Party and its more traditional members so eagerly anticipate.

Trump made his initial mark in this campaign with his demagoguery about illegal immigration and he is now endorsed by Republican Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, widely respected for his commitment to border security, American workers and immigration control.

Significant numbers of voters seem to be demanding authenticity and Trump is everything about authenticity.

Again, The Trump Show is far from over!


JMD is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.