Understanding Donald Trump The Washington Times (z; definitely worth the read)
January 8, 2016 by
Donald Trump is a genuine phenomenon. He may or may not become the
Republican nominee for president. He may or may not win the
presidency even if he becomes the nominee. Yet it is clear that he is
a phenomenon and that any history of the 2016 presidential race will
have to spend a good bit of time analyzing Trump and his impact.
From the time he announced on June 16, Trump has dominated social and
mainstream media. He dominates the conversation despite the lack of
paid advertising. Trump says outrageous things and his supporters
shrug it off. At every turn, his poll numbers continue to rise.
As a step toward understanding this amazing performance, I spent part
of the Christmas break reading his first bestseller, ‘The Art of the
Deal’. Written in 1987, this book is a classic among American
business books and has influenced a generation of entrepreneurs.
Trump wrote ‘The Art of the Deal’ when he was 41 years old and having
a successful run. The book’s popularity contributed to Time
Magazine’s decision to feature Donald Trump on its cover in January
The portrait that emerges from this easy-to-read and remarkably
interesting book is of an aggressive, ambitious person who is
constantly pushing, constantly learning, and always seeking the next
challenge. Reporters and analysts who are trying to understand Trump
would be well served by slowing down and reading this nearly
They would discover that Donald Trump has developed a remarkable set
of rules and principles that allow him to make decisions with
incredible speed. Trump knows a lot, but what is amazing is how
rapidly he figures out what he doesn’t know.
My favorite story is of the Wollman Skating Rink in New York’s Central Park.
The Wollman Rink was a heavily used public skating rink which had
fallen into disrepair in 1980. New York City tried for six years to
fix it, spent $13 million, and the rink still was not ready to open.
In June of 1986 Trump, who could see the rink from his apartment,
finally got tired of the embarrassment and offered to fix the rink at
his own expense. At first the city turned him down because its
bureaucracy did not want to be embarrassed by someone fixing something
they couldn’t fix. Trump kept pushing and finally out of embarrassment
the city gave in.
The key part of the story is Trump’s reaction to being put in charge.
He promptly recognized that he didn’t know anything about fixing a
skating rink. He asked himself who built a lot of skating rinks.
“Canadians!” he concluded. He found the best Canadian ice skating rink
construction company. When the Canadians flew in to assess the
situation, they were amazed at how bad the city had been at solving
the problem. They assured Trump that this was an easy job. Trump
fixed the six year embarrassment two months ahead of schedule and
nearly $800,000 under-budget. (The city did end up paying for the
work, and Trump donated the profits to charity.)
After reading this chapter you begin to think that maybe Donald Trump
really could build a wall along our southern border for a lot less
than our current government estimates.
‘The Art of the Deal’ is filled with stories like this — stories of
common sense, stories of calculated risk taking, and stories of
innovation and marketing. Anyone who would like to better understand Donald Trump would be helped by reading this remarkable book.
Another is his pledges and I have no way of knowing if he will make
good on all of them but I do agree with all of them. Trump is the
only candidate that is serious about building The Wall” ! Two other
important pledges Trump has made that no other candidate of either
party has matched! First deportation of millions of illegals that are
demanding and costing American taxpayers billions of dollars and
second, closing 34 Muslim training camps throughout our country! I
WOULD LIKE TRUMP OR ANY OTHER CANDIDATES PLEDGE TO REINSTATE ANY AND ALL MILITARY OFFICERS DISCHARGED BECAUSE THEY DISAGREED WITH OBAMA OR HIS POLICIES!!
Here is another that kind of wraps up my feelings about Trump;
Raccoon’s in your basement! An interesting analogy.
You’ve been on vacation for two weeks. You come home, and your
basement is infested with raccoon’s. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean
raccoon’s have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately
so you hire a guy. A pro. You don’t care if the guy smells, you need
those raccoon’s gone pronto and he’s the guy to do it! You don’t care
if the guy swears, you don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, you don’t care
how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he voted for
Obama, you don’t care if he has plumber’s crack…you simply want
those raccoon’s gone!
You want your problem fixed! He’s the guy. He’s the best. Period.
That’s why Trump! Yes he’s a bit of an ass, yes he’s an egomaniac,
but you don’t care.
The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party
is two-faced & gutless, illegal’s are everywhere. You want it all
fixed! You don’t care that Trump is crude, you don’t care that he
insults people, you don’t care that he had been friendly with Hillary,
you don’t care that he has changed positions, you don’t care that he’s
been married 3 times, you don’t care that he fights with Megyn Kelly
and Rosie O’Donnell, you don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of
some Muslin terrorist,…this country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies
are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegal’s, we are
becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hamad is a
special interest group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in; “AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED” and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.
You’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, Republican
Party, and sick of illegal’s. You just want this thing fixed. Trump
may not be a saint, but doesn’t have any lobbyist money influencing
him. He doesn’t have political correctness restraining him. All you
know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has
built a lot of things, and he’s also not a politician, so he’s not a
cowardly politician. And he says he’ll fix it. You don’t care if the
guy has bad hair. You just want those raccoon’s gone; out of your
house! -end of article
Z: First, for the record; there is no way millions of illegals are going to be deported, Trump or no Trump; in a few years, I hope I’ve been proven wrong, trust me, but it ain’t happenin’.
I’m not sure I agree with some of the above article but I do grasp anything I can grasp which makes me feel better that this blowhard, repulsive, nasty man might be our president. And this article helps. I think.