The coarser and cruder
Trump is rightly mocked for cynically spreading quid pro quo money around. But he quickly counters that his critics -- from
Trump preps little. He has no real agenda. And he makes stuff up as he goes along. For such a
The answer is that Trump is a catharsis for 15 percent to 20 percent of the Republican electorate. They apparently like the broken china shop and appreciate the raging bull who runs amok in it. Politicians and the media are seen as corrupt and hypocritical, and the nihilistic Trump is a surrogate way of letting them take some heat for a change.
Some of Trump's companies may have declared bankruptcy. But if that is so bad, why is the U.S. government running up
We have learned that the supposedly sacrosanct
Trump is uncouth and reckless in his language. But former Attorney General
The grandees of Planned Parenthood talk of their abstract compassion. But in secret videos, they boast of trafficking in human body parts, which is as macabre as anything out of Dickensian London. Do Trump's wheeler-dealer businesses peddle fetal arms and legs on the side?
Trump's jujitsu style begs the question of whether many of the objects of his ire are any less reckless than he.
The government and media talk compassionately of amnesty and sanctuary cities. But the repugnant Trump reflects the anger of millions who are tired of hearing only of dreamers, with rare mention that undocumented immigrants commit murder at a rate much higher than the national average, or that more than a quarter of all federal inmates are non-citizens, most of them here illegally.
Did the tragic fate of
Without detail, Trump derides President Obama's
But is he wrong? If the Iranian theocracy sincerely plans to stop uranium enrichment, dismantle centrifuges, ensure anytime/anywhere inspections and stop exporting terrorism, why, then, are
Trump is a nasty catharsis through which some fed-up conservatives are venting their furor over the plight of the country and politically correct hypocrisy. The mystery among the political and media class is how quickly these disgruntled conservatives will be cleansed and get Trump out of their systems, and whether it will happen before he does other Republican candidates real damage.
For now, it will take a bit more of the unfiltered Trump's preposterousness and anti-PC bluster before his teed-off fans are finally pacified.
Scorning or ridiculing Trump's hypocrisies, narcissism or outlandishness won't silence him, much less win over his supporters. That will happen only when voters find a more savvy, more informed, more polite -- but equally blunt and unafraid -- version of Trump, perhaps a candidate like either
Trump will fade when his brand of medicine becomes even worse than the disease. Apparently we are not quite there yet.