Donald Trump: Make or Break

In this article I will be going over the Trump Tapes and what Trump could learn from the VP debate. Make no mistake this is make or break time for Donald. He needs a clear and coherent strategy if he wants to win the presidency.

The Tapes

We have all heard the words. We have all made our own interpretations and we have all formed our own opinions on what was said. Now from the outset I have to state, I am not going to defend Trump’s words. The tapes that were released this week are disgusting. They made me feel uneasy and they gave me a sickening feeling that went to the pit of my stomach. His words in the tape were deplorable and undefendable. This leak has made his road to the presidency more complicated than what it was before. It may even cost him the race.From watching and listening to the tapes and the accompanying video, we have to come to a conclusion. Did Trump admit to sexual assault or was it just ‘locker room banter’? And if it was just harmless banter, should we really let Hillary Clinton walk to the White House? I think it is important to put this into context. This video is 11-years-old. Should we judge a man by his recent actions or his historic words? If you answered that with historic words, then let’s do that. But let’s be fair when we are doing that and level it on everyone. When you make historic quotes and actions fair game to one, they’re fair game to all.

From watching and listening to the tapes and the accompanying video, we have to come to a conclusion. Did Trump admit to sexual assault or was it just ‘locker room banter’? And if it was just harmless banter, should we really let Hillary Clinton walk to the White House? I think it is important to put this into context. This video is 11-years-old. Should we judge a man by his recent actions or his historic words? If you answered that with historic words, then let’s do that. But let’s be fair when we are doing that and level it on everyone. When you make historic quotes and actions fair game to one, they’re fair game to all. Bill Clinton has a pattern of accusations of sexual assault and rape. Hillary Clinton has also been accused consistently by Bill’s accusers of trying to silence them. If you want to play politics like that, we can do it.  The same goes for judging people on recent actions also, both good and bad. We cannot let bias blind us. We need to be fair and we need to be consistent. And yes, Trump has also had a shady past with women. His less than complimentary comments towards ex-Miss Universe’s or Rosie O’Donell are examples of that. Trump is no saint, far from it. Again, these 11-year-old comments are disgusting and vile. I will be surprised if it doesn’t cost him any female votes and possibly even the election, especially with the way the media is playing it and the sheer number of GOP candidate’s and insiders coming out and publically denouncing him. If Trump wants to deflect from this scandal, he needs to focus on the issues Americans care about. He needs to show restraint and he needs to show that he is the change candidate and that Hillary is just another 4 years of Obama. He needs to show that he can be presidential. If the tapes are not brought up, he should not bring them up. However, if Clinton does attack him using the tapes, then she is the one making the past fair game and Trump shouldn’t hold back. He needs to be smart and tactful with his responses and think about his next move. Politics is like chess and Clinton isn’t that far away from checkmating Trump. This debate is everything. This is make or break for Donald.

What Trump Can Learn from the VP Debate

The VP debate was one of the clearest and most interesting debate of this whole election cycle. During the primaries, the debate wasn’t there. It was Trump calling everyone dumb and stupid, weak and useless. The Democratic primaries had more of a substantial debate to them, even if Bernie Sanders was proposing plans that would plunge America into more debt. The VP debate focused on issues. It focused on substance and it focused on the candidates and their ability to effectively become POTUS at any moment if their running mate won the election. According to the voters, Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence won the debate by around 4-5 points. Pence won because he stayed focused on the issues. He stayed calm and he stayed smart. He didn’t let the controversies from Trump get in the way of the issues and really spoke to the voters of America about the issues that mattered. Meanwhile, Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate did not stick to the issues. He went on the attack against Trump and did not stray from that narrative. This is one of the reasons Pence won, however, Pence also won because of Kaine’s behaviour. During the debate, he constantly interrupted Pence and very rarely let him get a word in edgeways. The video below shows all the times Kaine interrupted Pence.

 

 

Pence was calm, sophisticated and cool. Trump needs to take notes on Pence’s performance and take what he learns to tonight’s debate is he is going to look presidential. Pence didn’t take any bait and he didn’t stray from the issues. Trump has been reluctant to do this yet, but he will need to if he is to look like a viable choice and expand on his base of support.

Conclusion on The Donald

I feel Trump can recover from this scandal he is faced with. His supporters are sick of Washington insiders ruining America. They feel like they have been given a rotten deal and that they have not been listened to for a long time by the establishment. Ever since he announced he was running for POTUS last year he has topped every Republican poll and he also won nearly every single primary. He has been an unstoppable force in the presidential race. He has even won the Republican nomination, for which he was given a 1% chance of winning by CNN. Win or lose the presidency, Trump has changed American politics forever. But why has he gained so much? Because he’s not a politician. Donald is Donald. He isn’t PC, he doesn’t care what people think and he talks to the real people in America. He does best when you talk to middle America. These are the people whose lives have been destroyed by illegal immigration. It has been pushing down the wages of American workers and has also led to some not being able to find work, due to illegal immigrants being prepared to work for less than what American workers will. Donald Trump started his campaign addressing the issue of illegal immigration and he is the only person to take the issue seriously, that is one big reason why he does so well. He talks to real Americans. There is, however, another reason for his rise, he isn’t taking big corporate donations, rather he is self-funding his entire campaign. This is huge! He is not, if elected, going to be beholden to the big corporate interests, but rather beholden to the American people and what they want from their government. He also speaks his mind and doesn’t hold back. He has no filter. He says what he thinks and acts on it. For to long voters in America have been given politicians that look the same, sound the same and act the same. On the whole, Donald isn’t the “business as usual” candidate, he is the candidate that is offering change. He is the candidate that speaks directly to many in America. He is completely different to any other candidate in history. He blurs the lines between the traditional Democratic and Republican bases and is not an establishment candidate. He has rallied against the establishment from day one and America loves it. For too long Washington has been ignoring its voters, and now they are rebelling against the machine. They are voting for Donald J. Trump. For many Donald Trump is the answer to their problems. His hatred of the PC culture and his utter contempt for the establishment has revitalised many of the disenfranchised voters in America. However, if he wants to win, Trump will need to expand hs base and show that he can be a president for all of America. Can he do it with so few weeks remaining? Only time will tell.

William Jones

I like writing about the current goings on in both the United Kingdom and the United States. I am a true believer in Americanism, freedom, classical liberalism and conservativism.

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