For those familiar with the Harry Potter stories, you know about He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, Lord Voldemort. He shall not be named because he is so evil and so much trouble that those talking about him don’t even want to mention his name.
It’s quite the opposite for Donald Trump, whose name is in almost every news story and political social media post on a daily basis. Why? Not because of his tremendous political prowess. Not because of his outstanding political plan to unite Congress and make America great again, despite what he has claimed. It’s because of his mouth and what comes out of it.
Out of the Gate
Since the beginning of the presidential race, Donald Trump has said whatever he wishes, however he wishes. As the race has continued, what comes out of his mouth is more times than not inflammatory, disrespectful, condescending, insensitive, and passive-aggressive (adjectives used so far).
Yet some people still love him. And some people are questioning why what he says is any different than what others have said before. But candidate-bashing is typical in political races so it isn’t really surprising.
Trump’s presentation is anti-political, which is what drew many to him from the get-go. The American people are tired of the usual, tired of the government good-ol’-boy system that guarantees something will happen as long as somebody else gets something out of it. And it’s not necessarily a good something.
The list of things Donald Trump has said that have people gasping is not a short one. Just a few examples give us Trump calling various women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs,” said Megyn Kelly, who was called “bimbo” herself by him; “goofy” and “Pocahontas” about Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and Trump stating “I love Hispanics” while eating a taco salad. Regarding some past statements about crime on Indian reservations, MSNBC reported that Trump’s statements “drew gasps and puzzled looks of disbelief from lawmakers and onlookers.” But the public doesn’t want him to “calm down” because previous great leaders would not have made the impact they did, had they behaved calmly.
Megyn Kelly aired a long-awaited and touted interview with Donald Trump, the first time they have spoken since the August debate debacle that started their infamous Twitter feud. Although some accused her of going light, kudos to Megyn Kelly for addressing issues and maintaining a professional composure.
Several points popped out during the interview, such as the obvious: Donald Trump doesn’t like saying he made a mistake. He is not regretful about his behavior and believes if he had behaved any differently, he would not be in the successful position he is in now: the Republican frontrunner to become the next POTUS.
“When I’m wounded, I go after people hard. And I try to unwound myself,” Trump said, which is a fairly honest thing to admit. When asked how parents can raise their kids NOT to bully others and call them names when the presidential role model does those exact things, he explained that through the entire race, “I’m a counter-punch. I’m responding. I then respond times maybe 10…I respond pretty strongly.” Parents may use that as they may.
He thinks of himself as just a person and not a presidential role model with as much power as he obviously has. He says he’s a “messenger” and that he has thought of having power behind the message, but he isn’t exercising tact in that area yet.
In regards to his retweeting of ugly messages from his “fans,” Trump says “it’s a modern day form of fighting back,” which refers to being bullied and standing up for himself. Although the ugly tweets were not about Trump in the first place.
Another thing that was evident, good or bad, is that Donald Trump cannot be quiet. He speaks immediately and doesn’t pause to think about what he needs to say or how to say it. “But the best parts of the best Winfrey or Walters interviews are the long, pregnant pauses,” NPR points out, “full of facial expressions and silences that say what words can’t.” Those are not present during a Trump interview.
Down the Stretch
During the meeting at the RNC last week, Donald Trump was not impressed with how much advice was being shared with him. He figures he made it this far (and beat everybody who was trying to give him advice) disparaging almost every group that’s out there, he should just continue that way.
Although there is a precedent for releasing tax returns by presidential candidates, and the majority of candidates have over the last 35 years, it is not legally required. When asked about releasing his taxes, Trump is refusing to do so, saying he is currently in an audit.
There are some, like Nancy Pelosi, who say she can “guarantee” that Trump will not be the next president of the United States.
“Donald Trump is not going to be President of the United States. Take it to the bank, I guarantee it.”
Johnny Depp, whose name is pretty well-known on its own, called Trump “a brat.” And ABC News reported, that George Clooney believes unequivocally, “There’s not going to be a President Donald Trump,” Clooney said. “That’s not going to happen.”
They seem pretty certain about this. However, there was an interesting piece on Caintv that looked at things from a different, more spiritual angle that, regardless of anyone’s leanings, was enough to make one stop and think about Donald Trump’s presence and purpose.
Lance Wallnau, who leads the Dallas-based Lance Learning Group, “is a very in-depth theologian, and a strong political conservative.” He submits that God is using Donald Trump as a “wrecking ball against the spirit of political correctness.” He shares the story from Isaiah 45 about a non-believer named Cyrus who was raised up by God to carry out a specific mission.
Whether you think Donald Trump fits easily into the believer or non-believer category, what if it’s true? What if he is being used as an instrument to turn things around, to knock down the corrupt political establishment that exists, to come from left field, so to speak, and build something new?
The jury’s still out. But, if things continue the way they seem to be going and Donald Trump ends up being the 45th president of the United States of America, we all will have four years to watch that theory play out.
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