Originally posted: August 31, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is no ordinary candidate. Trump, 69, the bombastic CEO of Trump Organization, and a unorthodox Republican, is sending shivers around the Republican establishment that wanted Jeb Bush to be their choice. They wanted Jeb Bush, 63, a Chamber of Commerce type of candidate who was moderate on immigration and education, but conservative enough to be the Republican nominee in November 2016.
Other acceptable choices for the Republican establishment included Florida Senator Marco Rubio, youthful, with his Hispanic heritage, could be able to translate votes in the Latino community for the Republican Party in states like Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada. However, Rubio has fizzled over the humid summer months, and he is more seen as a vice presidential choice than the No. 1. The same with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was the favorite of conservatives proud of his record as fighting against labor unions and his record regarding spending cuts, and a bold, tough reformed leader, but he has dropped drastically in the polls, especially in Iowa, a state that Walker must win if he has a chance of winning the nomination.
Now, Walker looks like a candidate that is forgettable, dull, and lack of energy. The other candidates, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former New York Gov. George Pataki look like afterthoughts, candidates that no Republican voter cares for or wants to be the nominee. Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Dr. Ben Carson, former neurosurgeon at John Hopkins University, are outsider candidates who are speaking of the anti-establishment feel in the U.S. However, there is only one candidate who is speaking about the real anti-establishment zeal that is sweeping the country, and that man is Donald Trump.
Trump is an outsider, a non-politician. He is not scripted, he is not going to give you the typical politician speak. Trump speaks his mind on issues such as China, jobs, infrastructure, and foreign policy. Trump’s bombastic, tell-it-like it is style, which New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie used to won before Trump got in to the race on June 16 is resonating with Republican voters, fed up with the broken promises of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, who promised in 2010 and 2014 that they would repeal Obamacare, end the illegal immigration issue, and stop the President’s executive orders. However, they have not delivered on those promises. However, not only Republican voters are fed up, but all American voters. Trump’s style can appeal to an restless country. The Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton matchup that was expected months ago is not possible today.
Trump’s statements on immigration may be xenophobic and divisive, but right now he is the favorite to win the Republican nomination. Can Trump win the presidency? If the American people are fed up by now and November 2016, hey, it is possible, but not likely. I am not endorsing Trump, I am just an observer of the race, but Trump can win the presidency, and if he does, we will see how a President Trump would deal with America’s issues.