Donald Trump is no doubt one of the most ambitious presidential candidates in the current race, and his popularity has grown significantly since he publicly announced his bid for the presidency last year. Presently, aged 69, he has had a successful career as an investor and has endeavored to replicate the same success in politics.
So far, things have been looking up, although the journey has been rife with controversies, name calling, a bit of slut-shaming, broken partnerships, and feuds. Just five days ago, CNN announced that he was leading in the GOP field by about 41 percent, according to a recent poll, with Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator being his closest rival, boasting 19 percent support, Ben Carson having six percent support, and Jeb Bush five percent.
The results from the survey also indicated that of voters backing Donald Trump, 70 percent had already made up their minds about voting for him. Having started the presidential race as the underdog, he has definitely had to work extra hard to find traction amongst voters. Trump has had to strategize even more, with his campaign team and advisers having proved to be foresighted, uncanny, and relentless.
Starting with the bits of evidence that are a testament to this, his organization is said to have bought about 3,000 domain names before the beginning of the campaign over a few years. And the main reason for this was supposedly to prevent people intent on sullying his image getting their hands on a domain targeted against him, for example DonaldTrumpSucks.com.
They also included those related to his companies such as DonaldTrumpPonziScheme.com, TrumpNetworkFraud.com, and TrumpNetworkSucks.com. This is as reported by IB Times. This was a well thought out strategy by Trump and his team, as they were aware of the many “haters” against him.
The domain name-buying campaign seems to have targeted a fellow candidate – Jeb Bush, with the domain name JebBush.com recently found to be redirecting to donaldjtrump.com. That said, Jeb’s official campaign website is Jeb2016.com. The following is an excerpt of the report on this by the Hill.
“JebBush.com is registered to Fabulous.com PTY Ltd, which manages domain names, and noted that the website was updated on Nov. 21.
“Two other domain names that incorporate Bush’s name and the word president already exist, but aren’t operated by his campaign.
JebBushforPresident.com is a blog about a gay couple who owns the website and JebBushforPresident.net is used to oppose Bush’s record. That website says it was updated on Dec. 7.”
His campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” has also been said to be clever and effective in influencing the masses. According to an analysis done by the Huffington Post, Trump repurposed Ronald Reagan’s 1980’s campaign slogan. Apparently, at the time, “…Everybody was bringing home more bacon than they could eat. Nobody, at the time, seemed to wonder what Ronnie meant when he promised to ‘make America great, again.'” This is because the slogan was in context meant to be applied if things were once great, but had not been.
As clarified by the site, “But to say ‘make America great again’ implies that at some point in history America was great.” As such, Donald Trump’s use of the slogan in current times, when the population feels that there is a lot to be done by the government, makes it much more effective. And of course, he has included this slogan on campaign caps, tweets and speeches, making it hard to miss.
Presently, Trump is said to have bought the “Make America Great Again” trademark, which belonged to Bobby Estell. This is as reported by TMZ.
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