Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Three people who understand Donald Trump

So Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. And all the people who said he wouldn't win a  primary now say he has no chance of reaching the White House.

The best way to understand the rise of Donald Trump is to read Scott Adams' blog - all his blog posts on Trump are a must read. I liked this remark he made a long time ago.

No one doubts Trump’s effectiveness to get things done. That conversation ended sometime between his overthrow of the Republican leadership and his complete dominance of every media outlet. I think it happened at about the same time you watched him dismantle the Bush dynasty and the Clinton dynasty, in that order. 
So you know he can do things.

This recent article is especially worth reading, on the theme of how hard it is to predict what presidential candidates will do in office. He cleverly overturns a lot of arguments commonly used against Trump.

Then this by Katty Kay on the BBC is brilliant. As she says,
It may be useful to stop thinking of this presidential campaign as a contest between Democrats and Republicans. 
Hillary Clinton is a Democrat. Donald Trump is also a Democrat.
Come on, you know it's true. This isn't a political race, it's a class race.

This is the most persuasive case for supporting Trump that I have seen, an interview with an anonymous young Trump supporter who sees Trump as a partial antidote to an

ultra-PC culture. That’s where it's almost impossible to have polite or constructive political discussion. Disagreement gets you labelled fascist, racist, bigoted, etc. 


  1. Since when is it a PC matter to call someone a racist when they say racist things? To refrain from doing so seems PC.

  2. I have since read the interview with the “anonymous young Trump supporter” and shed a tear at the poor dear’s predicament: he finds the PC culture “impossible to have polite or constructive political discussion”? Does he think he will find politeness or civility in Trump? Has he not watched the Republican debates or a typical Trump rally? And “having Trump in the White House would … give him more confidence…”? This is pathetic. Sounds more like a desperate search for therapy to treat a case of persecution complex.

    His flirtation with libertarianism says it all. This lad of tender years has no real political convictions, let alone a sense of societal responsibility; moreover, he is willing to overlook the enormous risks attaching to Trump, even characterizing the latter’s more dangerous utterances as merely “un-PC” rather than the incitement to violence that they are. (Now who is deluding himself with this Newspeak?)

    The young pup finally reveals his main purpose in voting for Trump: lower taxes, which at the end of the day is what the GOP stands for. That is his right and his duty to his girlfriend’s salary. Forget family values, climate change and global security -- but is my already-booked holiday in Antalya still safe?

  3. I think the young man probably does feel a sense of societal responsibility but makes different judgements about society from yours - thinks the use of stigma to prevent debate more dangerous than climate change. I went through a period of thinking people who want low taxes do not care about the poor but it ain't necessarily so. Economic growth is the best way to help the badly off.

    Mandolyna Theodoracopulos, Taki's daughter, said something today on Facebook which struck me as thought provoking. "The world is so full of hate and anger. Don't we need less of it? You knock the Don and Melania, but you might as well get behind them now because the next eight years will be a lot less annoying if you do!"

    I agree with Katty Kay that Trump is not a Republican but a new kind of politician, in many ways a sort of Democrat.