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One Opinion: The ‘Trump’ card

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August 8, 2015 | 1,145 views | 2 comments

Did Donald Trump do himself in during this first Republican debate this week. Fox News thinks so. After watching the debate, a Fox News focus group led by Frank Luntz, concluded that Trump, indeed, had crashed and burned.

This, and Megyn Kelly’s very pointed questions directed at Trump, have some people asking whether Fox News was acting at the behest of Republican Party leaders, trying to sabotage Trump; setting him up for failure. If that was their objective, they were not successful.

This was the most-watched debate ever, as Trump himself, tweeted: “I got them the ratings.” Indeed, he did, yet Fox continues to be among the minority who are not recognizing Trump’s contribution to this campaign.

This is but one of the many undercurrents in the 2016 presidential campaigns.
Concerning the Trump phenomenon, there are several theories put forth about Trump’s real intentions. I see four possibilities.

One: Trump entered the fray as a divider, with the ultimate intention of declaring that the GOP was “not nice” to him and he, therefore, would be forced to run as a third-party candidate. Many fear this to be the case and they even go so far as to accuse Trump of being a Hillary plant. By splitting the Republican vote, they theorize, a Hillary victory is almost certain.

Two: Trump sincerely believes that he will come out on top in the Republican Primary. However, most strategists doubt that he will be able to pull that off.

Three: Trump has done America a tremendous service by disregarding the poison of politically correct speech. As tweeted today by Donald J. Trump: “Political correctness is killing our country.” He calls it like he sees it and spits out his verbal assaults without regard to his victims. People like that, but it remains to be seen how far this Trumpeting will take him in a presidential bid.

Meanwhile the polls show Trump still leading the pack.
Some suspect that Trump still has something up his sleeve. He will never accept defeat, they say. While it IS difficult to see The Donald accept defeat, perhaps there is another way to define victory, and that, I see, is the fourth possible outcome.

Perhaps Trump IS sincere in wanting to save America. His plan is that by standing up and showing how to do it, other candidates will see what it takes, and what Americans want from a candidate.

Thus far, however, the Republicans have been fighting him rather than learning from him, with slight exceptions. One such exception is Ted Cruz.

One could say that he is a more polished version of Trump, but because of Trump’s flamboyancy, Cruz has been unable to garner the headlines needed to gain traction. As long as Trump continues to suck the air away from the other candidates, it will be difficult for others to move up.

The very best thing for America would be for Trump to see the strength of another conservative candidate so that he could step aside, THUS DECLARING THAT HIS EFFORT WAS SUCCESSFUL.

America would owe him a huge debt of gratitude
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Elaine K.  
August 9, 2015 9:00pm
Thank you, Scooter. I'm just watching the debate for the second time. SO many good candidates. How can we fail? Unfortunately, that is a rhetorical question.

Wilson County  
August 9, 2015 8:52pm
Right on the button..

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