Donald Trump is…
…100% id. Some people say he has a huge ego. No, he is all id. He has no filter. He speaks and acts instinctively and impulsively.
…a refreshing change for many who are fed up with what they see as overly calculating politicians who speak in excessively measured tones and rehearsed one-liners. He is the polar opposite of the typical politician who’s had all semblance of spontaneity “managed” out of him by handlers, and who dares not venture away from prescribed talking points, no matter the question put before him.
…not concerned with policy specifics. And neither are his supporters. Specifics require contemplation, something the id is not well suited for.
Like a soulful jazzman singing scat, the lyrics are unimportant. It’s the feelings he conveys that matter. Trump is the barking, growling DMX of the GOP.
…absolutely unapologetic and unconcerned with any bridges he may burn. If he were a military leader, he’d be a take-no-prisoners/no-retreat kind of general. He’s the embodiment of the philosophy that the best defense is a good offense, something that endears him to many who believe America has been way too apologetic and politically correct for the past several years.
…like a vocalist whose passionate voice expresses the emotions of a portion of the electorate who feel abjectly disaffected regarding today’s political class. Like a soulful jazzman singing scat, the lyrics are unimportant. It’s the feelings he conveys that matter. Trump is the barking, growling DMX of the GOP.
…the Messiah for a large swath of conservatives who have been conditioned to react viscerally rather than think rationally.
…seemingly more normal than rehearsed politicians, at least for people who are frequently entertained by the crazy theater offered by innumerable reality TV shows, some of which starred Trump himself.
…independently wealthy and not beholden to other billionaire financiers who might try to corral what he says or does. This also means he is worthy of adoration and trust from those who believe all good things trickle down from the rich.
…a manifestation of our burgeoning plutocracy.
…exposing how corrupting big money is in today’s politics by frankly admitting he has given lots of money to members of both major political parties in exchange for favors. This further endears him to his already rabid supporters who see this as yet another refreshing example of honesty unseen in other candidates.
…incapable of doing anything wrong. Like a spoiled millennial who’s been told his entire life that everything he does is awesome, he doesn’t have critics; he has “haters.”
…only concerned with Donald Trump and exposure for the Donald Trump brand. Some might call his campaign the greatest publicity stunt in American history.
Thelonious Monk said, “A genius is the one most like himself.” Donald Trump is too busy being Donald Trump to be anything else.
…a genius, at least according to jazz great Thelonious Monk, who said, “A genius is the one most like himself.” Donald Trump is too busy being Donald Trump to be anything else.
…not worried about political ideologies in the traditional sense of left versus right. Trump does not label people as either conservative or liberal. Rather, he sees the world through the prism of winners versus losers, because his overarching objective is winning, the definition of which may differ from what you or I may consider “winning.”
…willing to leverage his frontrunner position to get the Republican nomination. Since he is only concerned with Donald Trump and winning (versus party loyalty and conservatism), Trump is more than willing to effectively hold the GOP hostage with the threat of an independent run for the White House, all but guaranteeing the Democratic nominee would win the election.
…the face of the Republican Party. He’s the frontrunner and is hogging nearly all of the national spotlight.
…not going anywhere anytime soon. In the words of columnist Eugene Robinson, “I think the GOP establishment is whistling past the graveyard if it thinks the Trump bubble has burst.”