Inside the (unprecedented, illogical, incredible) rise of Donald Trump

Donald Trump for Dummies: Why America can’t get enough

His political rise has been remarkable, and implausible—and Donald Trump might just yet win

Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump held a campaign rally in Lowell, Mass. on January 4, 2016. (Mark Peterson/Redux)

Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump held a campaign rally in Lowell, Mass. on January 4, 2016. (Mark Peterson/Redux)

Donald Trump is up on stage brandishing a magazine with his picture on the cover and rattling off poll numbers. “Gravis 41 . . . NBC 38 . . . Fox News, just way out ahead, 35 per cent,” he says. The billionaire and would-be Republican nominee for president can hardly be bothered to mention the names of the opponents he’s wiping the floor with. “People say, ‘Why does he always talk about polls?’ These are people who are No. 9, or 12,” Trump taunts, as his audience laughs. “If I was Jeb Bush I wouldn’t talk about polls. He spent $69 million, and he’s nowhere. What a waste . . . I spend nothing, and I’m on top.”

It’s a frigid Tuesday night in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and several hundred people have gathered to warm themselves by Trump’s anger. The crowd doesn’t quite measure up to others he cites in his non-stop, not-so-humble brag—20,000 in Dallas, 35,000 in Mobile, Ala., another 20,000 in Oklahoma. To be fair, the local fire marshals have turned away hundreds more for fear that the floor of the venue—a dilapidated, 1920s-vintage wrestling gym at the University of Northern Iowa—might collapse. Even if fewer in number, this crowd’s ardour for Trump is no less intense. They wave placards, cheer or boo on cue, and add their own insults to the injuries he inflicts from the podium.

“I’m 900 per cent for Donald,” declares Larry Wilcox. “We’ve got to take this country back.” The veteran employee of the John Deere factory in neighbouring Waterloo has used a magic marker to scrawl “Hillary 4 Prison 2016” on the bottom of his sign that reads, “The silent majority stands with Trump.” He expresses his disdain for Barack Obama, making a point of emphasizing the President’s middle name, Hussein. No one, not ISIS, nor the Chinese, nor Wall Street fat cats will walk over Trump, says Wilcox. “We’re going to build a wall across the border with Mexico’s pesos!”

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There are no Teleprompters, and the candidate doesn’t use notes, but there’s a certain, manic familiarity to the evening’s proceedings. It’s as if Trump is broadcasting his own talk-radio monologue. He free-associates, touching on Iran, terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the “tremendous” success of his website, ethanol subsidies, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, all in just the first 10 minutes. At times, it’s like listening to your grandmother talk about something she’s seen on the news. “Cologne. Have you heard about Cologne? Nice clean place,” he says. “They never had a problem. Now, New Year’s Eve. Rapes. Robberies. Have you heard about Cologne?”

The media and political class have been predicting the imminent collapse of Trump’s candidacy ever since he entered the Republican race last June. But with less than two weeks remaining until the beginning of party primaries on Feb. 1, he remains the man to beat. The path he’s forging to the nomination has no precedent and follows no logic. He insults women, labels Mexican immigrants as rapists, vows to ban all Muslims from entering the United States—and only becomes more popular. He refuses to campaign in the traditional sense, and has almost no organization, yet steadily drains support from even his best-funded rivals. In the space of six months, Trump has gone from being a joke to a terrifying possibility, and now enjoys the aura of a likely victor. America can’t get enough of him. The rest of the world can’t turn away from a train wreck in progress.

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As if to prove the point that he can do anything he wants, on this night Trump chooses to spend several minutes reciting the lyrics of an obscure 1968 soul song. The Snake, sung by Al Wilson, tells the tale of a “tender-hearted woman” who takes in a near-frozen reptile, only to be bitten in the end. It never really comes clear where the candidate is going with it, although it seems to have something to do with refugees. Or immigrants. Or maybe he just really likes the tune.

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The bragging gives way to some now-standard jibes. He singles out the press, penned into an enclosure on the centre of the gym floor, as the “worst, most dishonest people I’ve ever met in my life.” The crowd turns and jeers. He professes sincere concern for Ted Cruz’s “big problem” of having been born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father. “Is he allowed to run for president? I really don’t know,” says Trump. “I hope it works out. I really do.”

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Every once in a while he stops mid-stream to acknowledge someone in the crowd with a “hello, darling,” or a pointed finger: “This guy, he gets it!” The university wrestling team, seated up in the back row, get three separate shoutouts. The effect is more Vegas than Washington.

It takes half an hour, but Trump finally gets around to making his pitch. The sell is simple: America is in deep decline, and he’s the guy who can turn it around. “When was the last time we won? We don’t have victories anymore,” he laments. “Other countries, they’re much more cunning than our politicians.” Under president Trump, the United States will be feared and respected, he promises. The military will be stronger, ISIS eradicated, health care made better, and foreign trade fairer, all through his strength of purpose. “We’re going to win so much that you guys are going to get sick of it!” he says. “It’s going to be a beautiful thing to see.”

Trump throws the magazine into the crowd, thrusts his arms in the air, and walks off stage to the strains of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, the theme from Rocky III, a 34-year-old film. He’s provided no specifics and hasn’t mentioned a single policy or planned initiative. It doesn’t matter. His fans rush forward, straining against the metal barriers in search of a selfie, handshake or autograph. Donald Trump is rich and famous. For many Americans, that is qualification enough.

Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump held a campaign rally in Lowell, Mass. on January 4, 2016. (Mark Peterson/Redux)

Donald J. Trump  in Lowell, Mass. on January 4, 2016. (Mark Peterson/Redux)

It’s easy to forget how long “the Donald” has been around, and just how deeply imbedded is his place in U.S. culture. The Apprentice, the reality television series that cast him as a mercurial fairy godboss, ran for 14 seasons on NBC, but he was already a household brand well before its debut in 2004. His 1987 autobiography, The Art of the Deal—the first of 18 books bearing his name—spent 51 weeks at the top of the New York Times’ bestseller list. The 69-year-old’s list of TV and film cameos includes The Jeffersons (1981), Home Alone 2 (1992), Sex and the City (1999) and Zoolander (2001). His marital meltdowns and catty lawsuits—he once tried to sue an author for $5 billion for purportedly lowballing his net worth—are legendary. Trump was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2007, and inducted into the “celebrity wing” of the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hall of Fame in 2013. His name is attached to condos, hotels, restaurants and golf resorts around the world. There are Donald J. Trump lines of housewares, clothing and accessories as well as two signature fragrances—Empire (peppermint, spicy chai and a hint of apple) and Success (ginger, geranium and tonka bean). Polls taken when Trump entered the Republican race suggested only six per cent of Americans didn’t already know who he was. They must have been living off the grid.

The billionaire’s natural advantage in a crowded Republican field—a dozen candidates, nine of them polling in single digits—has only been enhanced by the press’s obsession with him. The three major U.S. network newscasts devoted a total of 327 minutes to Trump’s presidential aspirations in 2015, according to the Tyndall Report, a media monitoring service. The Islamic State received 220 minutes, the war in Syria 136. One hundred and twenty-one minutes were spent on Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and just 20 on that of Bernie Sanders. Between May and the end of December, Fox News broadcast 24 hours of interviews with Trump—free airtime that the non-partisan Media Matters website calculated was worth US$29.7 million.

None of this, however, explains why Trump’s numbers refuse to come back down to Earth, despite his insults, gaffes, vagaries and back-of-the-napkin platform. “I don’t have any idea and neither does anybody else,” says David Brady, a professor of political economy at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

For the last few months, Brady and his colleagues have been tapping into the attitudes of more than 5,000 likely Republican voters with the help of the online polling firm YouGov. They’ve found that Trump’s supporters tend to be less educated, older and earn less than those of other candidates. They are also more likely to be generally “pissed” about immigration and the state of the economy, but have few specific concerns. (Unemployment stands at five per cent, the lowest rate in seven years. Wage growth, however, has been negligible.) Yet Trump also shows surprising strength among the non-angry—70 per cent of his supporters have no Tea Party ties, and more than half are women. “He does better with women than any other candidate. It’s quite astounding,” says Brady. “I have a wife and three daughters, and they’d rather die than vote for him.”

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Trump fans tend to identify themselves as “conservative” (65 per cent) or “very conservative” (13 per cent.) They share a pathological dislike of Obama, with 66 per cent telling a different pollster, PPP, that he is a Muslim, and 61 per cent echoing their candidate’s past “birther” claims that the President was born abroad. Yet Trump’s support cuts across America’s hardened party lines. Civis Analytics, a firm with strong Obama ties, has interviewed more than 11,000 voters since August; it concludes that Trump does best among registered Democrats who are leaning toward the Republicans, followed by independents. They could find no demographic in which he didn’t equal or surpass the appeal of the other 11 candidates. He even holds a slim lead among Hispanic Republicans.

Geographically, Trump is strongest in the South, and along the Appalachian mountain corridor, stretching all the way through the northeast and his home state of New York. These are the areas where Obama was weakest in the 2008 Democratic primaries, and as the New York Times recently reported, they neatly mirror the national hotspots for Google searches of racial slurs and racist jokes.

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There have been serious academic and editorial-page debates about whether Trump—with his off-the-cuff proposals to build border walls, and turn away entire religions at the airport—deserves to be labelled a fascist. The slightly more polite term that many have instead settled on is “nativist,” meaning someone who seeks to protect the interests of the native-born at the expense of immigrants. It is a philosophy that can be traced through American political history, and past attempts to stop Catholics, Germans, Chinese, Jews and other groups from settling in.

Trump’s charged rhetoric on Hispanics, Muslims and other groups he deems to be at odds with American rules and values—“We can’t be the stupid country anymore,” he declared during the Fox Business network debate last week—has clearly struck a chord. At the rally in Cedar Falls, concerns about immigration are top of mind for many of his supporters. “I’m just fed up. I’m done with the political correctness crap,” says Janet Nives, a deeply tanned woman who might have been the closest thing in the room to a visible minority. “Everybody is prejudiced. Anyone who says different isn’t telling the truth.”

“I’m pissed,” says Scott Van Gundy, a union member for more than 35 years. “About illegal immigration, ISIS, Iran, foreign policy, Obamacare, the economy—you name it. I don’t have any trust in the current system.”

Oddly, what Trump believers do have faith in is the idea that a real estate developer who claims a net worth of $10 billion, the very personification of Gordon Gekko, greed-is-good ’80s excess, a man whose companies have gone through four major bankruptcies, is the guy who will make America fairer. “He’ll pay his own way. He won’t be hostage to special interests,” says Van Gundy. Matt Gockel, a construction foreman, says there’s a burning need for radical change at the top. “We need somebody who is the furthest thing from being a career politician.” The 48-year-old could see himself having beers over lunch, or playing a round of golf with Trump. “He might have a couple more bucks, but he’s just the same as me.”

Gockel better hope that his choice for president is paying. Memberships at the 11 courses Trump owns in the U.S. run about $25,000 a year, in addition to a one-time $250,000 “initiation fee.” The Trump National in Los Angeles, one of his few courses that are open to the public, charges $280 for a prime tee-off time. Valet parking is included.

Audience member Robin Roy (C) reacts as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets her at a campaign rally in Lowell, Massachusetts January 4, 2016. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Audience member Robin Roy (C) reacts as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets her at a campaign rally in Lowell, Massachusetts January 4, 2016. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

The gigantic American flag has been perfectly positioned in the background, the white folding chairs lined up in neat rows, and two water bottles—labels carefully peeled away—are sitting atop the wooden stool. Young Republicans, festooned with exclamation points, are gamely trying to find takers for their “Jeb! 2016” literature, signs and buttons, while campaign staffers, dressed in Brooks Brothers casual, patrol the edges of the media pool. It all seems so professional—until the moment the DJ chooses to play ELO’s Don’t Bring Me Down.

Jeb Bush doesn’t need reminders that he’s polling at four per cent in Iowa, and averaging just 4.8 per cent nationally. Heading into this primary season, he was generally considered the front-runner for the Republican nomination. Now, given the margins of error, it’s mathematically possible that he has no supporters at all. He has raised in excess of $133 million, and he and his super PAC supporters have spent more than double than any other candidate on TV and radio ads— $38.1 million in 2015 alone. (Trump spent $217,000, all of it his own money.) And it’s all for nought.

This noon-hour stop in a gleaming gun factory in Grinnell, Iowa, is Bush’s second of three scheduled town-hall meetings on the day. About 100 locals and workers stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance with a retired four-star Navy admiral, then politely applaud the arrival of the 43rd governor of Florida. Bush is far more articulate than his father or brother. He uses words like “orthodoxy” and “opined,” and lays out detailed policy positions on the war in Syria, green technology and agriculture. His profession that “all life is sacred,” in response to a question on abortion, seems somewhat at odds with the setting and a promise to extend new rights to gun owners. But it doesn’t really matter. No one is taking him seriously anymore.

Barring a Lazarus-style miracle in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina, Jeb’s efforts to extend the Bush family dynasty will soon draw to a whimpering close. His donors are ready to write cheques to anyone else who might be able to derail Trump and bring the Republican party back under the control of its usual power brokers. Even the far right-wing are getting worried about what might lie ahead in 2016. Earlier this month, Charles Koch gave an interview to the Financial Times in which he suggested his fellow billionaire’s proposed ban on Muslims could well “destroy our free society.” Koch, who along with his brother David had pledged to spend $889 million on the Republican cause in this election cycle, also lamented how little attention the other candidates are paying to his concerns. “You’d think we could have more influence.”

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After trailing Ted Cruz in Iowa for months, the latest polls hand Trump a slight edge. But if he were to win the presidential caucus—small group meetings across 99 counties that usually draw 120,000 or so participants—it would be a surprise. Cruz has campaigned hard in the state, assiduously courting evangelicals—the kind of people who get off the couch and vote on a cold winter’s night. Trump has just jetted in and out. (He has boasted about sleeping in his own New York City bed every night of the campaign so far.) “History says you have to do the small-time events: eat pastries, go to diners, have a deep-fried thing on a stick at the State Fair,” says Chris Larimer, a professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. “Trump has broken those rules. And he’s got no ground game.”

Given that the last two Republican winners in Iowa were Mike Huckabee (2008) and Rick Santorum (2012), losing might be the better strategy. New Hampshire, where Trump enjoys a 17-point lead, holds its primary Feb. 9. South Carolina, where he’s 14 points ahead, is Feb. 20. By Super Tuesday—14 primaries on March 1—the Trump express could have some fearful momentum. At this point, only Cruz and Marco Rubio appear to have support broad enough to even make it a race.

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It’s not inevitable that Trump will be the Republican nominee. A narrowed field of candidates will bring sharper attacks and could dull his lustre. His supporters—many with no real ties to the party—might not come and vote. People could start caring about all the offensive things he’s been saying.

Winning the White House would be an even stiffer challenge, as Trump’s appeal has obvious limits. In a December YouGov survey, 58 per cent of self-described moderates, and 51 per cent of independents—the two largest electoral blocks—said they “would never vote” for the Donald. Head-to-head polls pitting Trump against Clinton or Sanders tend to suggest the billionaire would lose—badly. There’s a reason why Obama peppered his final State of the Union address with so many winking references to Trump: the Democrats would love to run against him.

Yet Trump has already surprised, and could do so again, pivoting toward the centre after securing the nomination. Or maybe outside events, like a terrorist attack or foiled plot, will make his tough talk and insularity all the more appealing.

The U.S. Border Protection agent at the airport perks right up when I mention Trump. “I like him. He’s honest. He says what he thinks and he’ll do what he says.” I ask whether he likes Trump’s stance on immigration. He smiles and waves me through.


Donald Trump for Dummies: Why America can’t get enough

  1. Do you really not know why his popularity is so great? It’s because he brings out the inherent racist, small minded, bigoted opinions of Americans. Doesn’t matter how far our society comes in addressing these issues, there are so many people that say one thing but are “closet” racists. That’s why they are willing to support some high-profile individual – because he says what they really believe and he’s getting away with it. Any woman or minority who is ready to support him deserves our pity.

    • No, that is not it at all. People are pro-Trump because they are convinced that the political system is rigged and an outsider is the answer. It’s the same reason why Bernie Sanders is enjoying a similar surge in popularity.

    • Donald Trump is the perfect candidate for all the right reasons, to be clear, no human government has even solved basic issues like poverty, crime, injustice, etc. They won’t. So they need a President of the highest entertainment value possible, willing to say and do the most extreme and outrageous ideas to hide the truth. Hillary Clinton is boring, Bernie Sandwich could be some fun but really Donald’s the duck for this game. Donald’s going to kick “extreme weather’s ass” if it doesn’t watch out. He’ll even build a dome around America and make Russia pay for it. Now who wouldn’t want Donald ? Even the rest of the world knows Donald’s the duck in this thing…I just think all those who laughed at Archie Bunker owe him an apology because finally some one’s going to make Archie’s America great again…

  2. Donald Trump’s popularity rests on one major factor. Trump understands that the biggest problem facing America is Washington DC itself. The second greatest problem facing America may very well be the predominantly left-wing media that has been the most powerful enabler of corrupt, mendacious, and incompetent government. Trump fully understands that as well.
    The American public is desperate for leadership that stands a chance at weakening the entrenched power structures of DC that see the American people as a “them”, and themselves as an “us”. It’s the kind of structure that has pitted the IRS, the EPA, the NHTSA, and a veritable alphabet of federal agencies into a long running battle against the American people. It’s the kind of structure that has grown so powerful and unwieldy that it creates thousands of new regulations against the American people EVERY year, with no end in sight.
    At the same time, the American media landscape is dominated by a slew of left-leaning apologists for big government, who remain steadfast in their curious lack of curiosity about the corruption of the IRS and the EPA and any number of other agencies, or why it is that the largest political donors in the United States are a conglomerate of public sector unions who only donate to Democrats, all while trying desperately to feed the American public them fantasy that the only things America has to fear are Islamophobia and global warming.
    And conservatism, of course. You know, kind of like how it goes up here.

    • Excellent comment and hits the nail squarely on the head.

    • Very well stated. For much too long Americans and Canadians have been catering to the egotistical “gimme” groups and their contrived political correctness. Trump seems to be saying, albeit with a little more showmanship than may be necessary, what the majority of honest and hard-working taxpayers really want and believe.
      Of course the left-leaning media, the perpetually offended, and the real racists in our society will gasp in horror once they feel their death-grip weakening and being replaced with common sense. The concept of everyone contribution in our society is not in their philosophy. It’s long past time for a major change.

  3. That any media type can claim incredulity at Trump’s growing popularity astounds me. That person must be either extremely dull witted or part of the conspiracy. Trump’s insular appeal is obvious, globalization has steam rolled over middle class America. When Clinton signed on to NAFTA and brokered the deal to have China become the planet’s factory with the vague assertion that American’s would get tech jobs instead it was like dropping a hydrogen bomb on the American working class.

    “Charles Koch gave an interview to the Financial Times in which he suggested his fellow billionaire’s proposed ban on Muslims could well “destroy our free society.” ”

    The cold blooded Koch brothers care about Muslim immigrants you say? Hardly, the reason the Koch’s show any empathy at all to Muslims, Mexicans and any other group coming to America is to have more people willing to work for lowest living wage possible. Nothing more. I saw the same thing happening in Canada with our TFW program, it was not a need for labour, it was a need for labour willing to work for less wages and live in sub standard work camps in the building of new facilities in the oilsands.

    As we will now be going through our own economic crisis that will make 2008 look like a field day do not kid yourself that someone like Trump could happen here. Especially when we grow to learn very quickly that our dollar reverting back to peso status will not fire back up the manufacturing sector in Ontario. Don’t believe me? Then consider Toyota moving out of Cambridge last April and building a massive plant in Mexico even with our dollar sliding into obscurity. It is ludicrous to honestly think that there would not be a price to be paid when we sold out our manufacturing sector to the second and third world. How anyone, be they a politician, an economist or a media columnist can be completely ignorant to this eventuality simply confirms to me that the human race is too simple minded to survive into the next century.

    • Yep. If Canada had a sizeable manufacturing sector to fall back on, there would be a silver lining in the Loonie’s fall. Might be some advantages for unfinished timber products, mining and some services, but not enough to make up the difference. Welcome to the world of the petro state. Not that it is terribly better here south of the border. Our tech economy is doing well in certain sections of the country, but the benefits of free trade have trickled to the top: the wealthy make out like bandits, the upper middle class remains about the same (with less security) and everyone else gets buried. NAFTA was a horrible deal. The reality is our integrated economies can do just fine and still support a high standard of living without free trade – given our advantageous resources position and highly educated populations. We did it for generations but the rentier class just had to have more and more.

    • “a need for labour willing to work for less wages and live in sub standard work camps in the building of new facilities in the oilsands.” get your head examined. you obviously no nothing about ft mcmurray: immigrants gets thousands of dollars a month to work up there. i’ve seen their pay cheques: there are no higher blue collar wages in canada than in the oil industry. dream on, propagandist!

  4. I think you have unearthed Trumps’ strategy. He may well be a closet democrat after all. He must know polls show him doing poorly against either Clinton or Saunders. So he’s screwing with the Republican nomination process, stealing all the oxygen and forcing other candidates to pander to his base or die. I mean Jeb Bush is not even on the radar anymore.
    In one talk show interview a while ago, he hinted that “all will be revealed” in due time. Common guys, he know he is a joke. And he is single-handedly showing the world how stupid and angry some of his followers are.
    What’s in it for him besides being a do-gooder? Well celebrity status for one.
    He may also be fighting his own war with fellow billionaires (Kochk brothers) and walk way a winner in his own mind if he can “screw em”. And with little of his own money.

  5. The Obama Administration has outlived its welcome.
    Hillary Clinton belongs in prison. Bernie Sanders is a pre-senile Communist.
    That leaves only a Republican Candidate as a logical next President.
    I daresay that no matter which Republican Candidate wins the nomination, Macleans Magazine would label him (or her) implausible according to its leftist leanings.
    Can Donald Trump, no matter how “illogical” , be any worse as President than Obama?
    P.S. Nice selection of photographs accompanying this slanted story.

    • People talk about how bad Obama is – and yet, even with all the obstructionist behaviour of both the House and the Senate (both Republican-dominated) he has achieved a lot and turned the country’s economy around. If that’s “bad”, what is your idea of “good”?

      As for whether Trump would be worse than Obama: In a heartbeat. The man’s a narcissistic megalomaniac who is playing on fears and hatreds. He’ll bring America crashing down – and the rest of the western world with it.

    • Good points. That’s how the leftist media functions, at least here in Canada. In their pitiful effort to appear unbiased, they ensure that each article is written/broadcast using the greatest slant possible, to the left. We can expect to hear little other than bad-mouthing or tongue-in-cheek comments against any who are truly in the center or right of center as long as the current media has its way.


    Consider the facts about Washington DC, where corruption seems to be the name of the game. The less wealthy politicians fall over themselves to find a lobbyist that will shell out for their campaigns and enough funds for the champagne breakfasts and luxury dinners for the whole family. One thing about Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders he has effectively run his campaign by skirting any money (as far as I know) from the wealthy deep pocket payouts as George Soros, a self confessed extreme Socialist who contributes blank checks to undermine our Democracy. Sanders and Hillary Clinton otherwise are in the same boat, who will jump on any issue promising to author anything that the so called Progressives like to hear. Only most of these predominant issues must be funded by taxpayers, which already have the yoke of mandates around our neck from the Obamas people, such as financially supporting illegal aliens.


    Just Remember that most of the politicians, such as John Kasich is just another political hack. They all must rely on Super PAC’s, or large dollar amounts to combat each other, for any forward motion to get their name in the public floodlights. In the center of power struggle are Chris Christie, Rubio, Cruz, and most of the rest trying to become nominee in the Presidential race and have had no choice but to take money from special interests and all affluent backers. My guess the framers of the Constitution would be turning in their grave if they knew of the corruption in Congress or agencies of the government; we already aware of this dark unimpressive performance of this President, who believes himself a King and has directly, interfered with our culture.

    Whether it’s the GOP Establishment, Democrats or Liberals none can survive without money. The winners are always the contributors to the legislators and are forever interfering with the interests of the people. Simply to state the wealthy will always demand the inevitable ‘pound of flesh’ returned at some time in the near future and that goes for Obama before he ever set foot in the Oval Office. Millions of free thinking American patriots have found that one inviting tear in the corruption spawned in Congress and that is the only man who can alter our road towards economic oblivion. Donald Trump, master of the contract, billionaire, and the brilliant nemesis of the political class and has the integrity and trust that cannot be bought by corporate, industrial buyers, unions or any mega concerns. They have no power over the Donald to do their bidding and discern how to communicate with the American people.


    If you want to believe the diseased headlines from the liberal mainstream media, I have that proverbial bridge you can buy for a dollar across the Potomac? Want to watch the REAL news both National and foreign and not infested by spin and propaganda then check out ONE AMERICAN NEWS NETWORK on cable. For instance CNN news outlet is by far the most Liberal Progressive or Fox, which tends to move its watchers to the right. I personally fluctuate between the two, but mostly end up on http;// because it’s specific in retaining its unbiased assault on the truth of both nationwide and foreign news that is thoughtfully covered.

    All the promises have faded from the Republican Party, wishing that the American people are so involved with living from one paycheck to the next, or remaining unemployed or underemployed or just given up looking, that they will not notice that Congress approved a $$Trillion dollar Omnibus budget that funds everything that they considered from bad to worse. It funded everything Obama wanted, from Syrian refugee settlement; catering to illegal alien families who are still surging across the Southern border that Mexico refuses to halt on their side. Anybody who can see through this conspiracy as those in a fiat secret society are incessantly demanding more and more cheap labor, squeezing out citizens and lawful immigrants of their right to jobs The winners are the Democrats led by Obama who physically trying to change the Demographics of our culture. Obama has gone well beyond his power, to pass executive orders for a future amnesty, colonizing our country with illiterate and peons that siphoning off money in our welfare system.

    The future of our Democracy is firmly entrusted in the hands of the Supreme Court, baring the responsibility on a country based on the laws of the Constitution or the orders of usurper who will be remembered for the damage he has done to this great country. We will have to wait until June, if Texas who filed the lawsuit and the 23 states that adjoined to stop Obama illegal immigration amnesty of up to five million.

    My choice for the next President is Donald Trump; he gets my vote, some relatives, and most of the family. I have also influenced many old soldiers as myself, neighbors, and even some Democrats who have followed the same routine as their parents without considering their actions. NONE OF THE NOMINEES FOR PRESIDENT ARE AS FREE FROM INFLUENCE AS DONALD TRUMP. NOTHING CAN STILL STICK TO HIM AND LOBBYISTS ARE TURNED AWAY WITH THEIR CHECK BOOKS STILL FULL OF THEIR BRIBES. Today its very different, an excellent chance to return America to its place in the world. Barach Obama has instigated a balkanization in our communities, twisting the rule of law to instigate violent upheavals in different states, setting off racial prejudice and using political correctness as affirmative action. Obama is the cause himself by allowing millions of illegal aliens to arrive here, causing the outbursts of hopelessness from Americans, specifically African Americans whose jobs have been stolen by foreign nationals and the complicity of business owners.

    Once Obama is out of the White House, first orders of the day will be to build the wall stretched along perimeter for a thousand miles with Mexico and the US. Second the implementation of Mandatory E-Verify and more ICE agents to detain and deport illegal aliens working. Almost immediately the rescinding of all of Obamas executive orders, which seeing that the Amnesty before the judiciary is part of the executive orders can be dissolved and those illegal immigrants thinking they are safe will be routed out.

    If Obama can write his own orders, so can the next President careful not to overreach his power. The keystone pipeline will be on the agenda for more independent oil from Canada. Coal as an energy source will go back into production, using new methods to clean it, as a cheap energy source.

    Many agencies that are influenced by bureaucrats, as the (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education will be returned to local control and with good oversight by experts to be elected by Donald Trump a reshuffle or Abolishment of the IRS, which became a political antagonist under Obamas sway? Hopefully all those government officials involved in Hilary Clinton, Sen. Harry Reid and anybody else involved in wrong doing inside Dept of State or White House elected officials will not escape the accountability. we will now for sure, if Hillary Clinton is indicted for mishandling of top secret document, or a higher hierarchy of ‘For your Eyes only’ emails that could have ended in the data hacked by China or other foreign dictatorships.

  7. Unprecedented maybe, but certainly not illogical. It is vrey logical given what the current lawmakers in the US have done.

  8. Please, McLeans, I can’t stand the pictures, much less the video, of Junior. I am seriously considering not renewing because of all the pictures and coverage of Junior. What does a dance instructor know about anything?. Oh woe is us.

    • Our Canadian media has a knee jerk, feeding frenzy, pack mentality, by nature. Never take a difficult, complex analytic approach if the easiest smart aleck cheap shot way is open and you don’t lose your job for being trite.
      This meant Trudeau’s celebrity, and family opened him up for barrage of superficial attacks lasting for years, which are now being shown to be wrong. But they still continue. You have been deluded by this media blitz.
      Only Mulroney tried to warn them. “He’s smart and works hard; don’t underestimate him.”
      The biggest thing they missed is that he has a small enough ego, yes!, so he can surround himself with top notch academic, business, professional and public service leaders.
      And he lets them run with the ball and get the credit; our media missed all that.

  9. pedestrian. a far more serious moral and ethical tone is required when discussing something so entirely mindless, approximating, like some self-drunk beast, the most powerful office in the globe. frankentrump is too real, too menacing, like his workers who knock down unwanted chicano visitors and physically drag them by the shirt collar down the aisle to throw out of his meetings. this maniac who publically insulted and mocked debate questioner megyn kelly’s menstruation cycle because of her legitimate question that pointed out his history of referring to women in public as dogs, pigs, bitches, and lays. hitler was more polite in public. his mental narcissism, psychologists say, is akin to dictators and its the MSM, most notoriously CNN that devote every second minute to it, while often only guest-spotting jeffrey Lord, his sycophantic supporter who will say anything to excuse this humpty trumpty of selfism. it is the ramifications of what this means to the already weakened (by obama) Constitution of the United States and the potentially deadly, on a catastrophic level, tragedy of such a man in charge of the nuclear football, which makes this freak of nature no mere entertainment, but an emergent crisis of the republic to the immediate south of us, the perpetuity of democracy, and what it could mean to the detriment of billions of innocent onlookers on earth.

  10. Republican leaders have a lot of nerve jumping on some pious podium and ripping Trump on the race issue.
    They embraced the Tea Party a blatantly racist group that went to Washington to destroy Barack Obama and his Presidency no matter what the issues were.