What was Donald’s trump card? (2)

To understand why Donald Trump is so popular among the American electorate – and also why the mainstream media completely misjudged the level of public support for him – let us take a look at an article published in Huffington Post after the Indiana primaries:

Happy first day of a half year of living with the possibility (however remote we have to believe it to be in order to stay sane) that Donald Trump — this crass and crude boor, this bloodthirsty psychopath, this Brobdingnagian narcissist, this proudly misogynistic ignoramus, this pus-filled boil of hate, this odious short-fingered vulgarian — could be the 45th President of the United States.

Now, I do not know Mr Slansky for a bar of soap but this is a vile, deranged, vulgar verbal assault. That a foul, abusive outburst like this even got published is a testament to the general attitude of the people controlling the contents of the media. It does not however reflect the mood of the American public at large. Wherein lies the problem.

As I wrote in March 2016:

I do not have a horse in the US presidential race but Trump’s willingness to openly talk about things other politicians consider off-limits is refreshing

Trump’s meteoric rise to prominence shows that I am not the only person sick to the back teeth of the politically correct garbage coming from the politicians. But this rift between the political elites and grass-root US was only allowed to develop because the media cozied up with Washington and became a de facto part of the official establishment. The American public is disillusioned not only with the tedious, visionless politics of their elected representatives but also with the media blind to the frustrations of the electorate. You would think that the editors have learned from the recent events but obviously they have not because all we are getting from them is more patronising. The way things are going it is not Trump but the likes of Huffington Post becoming irrelevant.

The most succinct and insightful analysis of the current situation I have come across was recently published in the UK’s tabloid, Mirror. It summarises the reasons why Trump is so popular in five bullet points:

He’s a TV star

He’s straight-talking

He’s a Washington outsider

He’s funding his own campaign

He dislikes immigrants

Like it or lump it, the American public is fed up with professional politicians eloquently spouting sleek phrases which sound comforting but carry no meaning. They are also over the self-important media telling them what to think and say. No prizes for guessing that da-boss has a degree of sympathy for both these sentiments.

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3 Responses to “What was Donald’s trump card? (2)”

  1. Invisible Mikey Says:

    I think the bullet points from the Mirror are correct, however Trump isn’t particularly popular with the American electorate as a whole, if polls are at all trustworthy. He’s extremely popular with approximately 40% of the members of one out of our two major parties, the one with fewer members nationally.

    Trump is our philosophic equivalent to Nigel Farage or Marine Le Pen. If we had four or five viable parties, his level of support might allow him to create a winning coalition government. And having the most support out of a large group of candidates can and will win him his party’s nomination, but it historically does not bode well in a general election.

  2. da-boss Says:

    Thanks for your comments. Why do you think the media got it so wrong when it comes to his Republican nomination chances?

  3. Invisible Mikey Says:

    It’s only a guess, but this dynamic hasn’t happened since 1964, when Barry Goldwater got the GOP nomination with a very similar base – less-educated, older white males. He was an “outsider” candidate, ran “against Washington” philosophically, and lost by a wide margin in the general election.

    By chance, I’m old enough to remember that, but most people currently working in news do not really have much education in history, and they were born long after.

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