Donald Trump is not a racist he is an opportunist

Donald Trump peddles what sells. In this political season tough talk sprinkled with a couple of racial dog whistles is in vogue. Trump has learned you’ve got to give the people what they want. When he appeared ascending down the escalator at Trump Tower greeted by paid actors he probably did not know he would be on the cusp of the nomination. He was not the initial front runner but as a salesperson he was able to discern the appetite of the audience. His competitors dismissed him but they did not read the temperament of the people until it was too late. They were trying to sell derbies when the electorate yearned for an ill fitted hat cheaply embroidered with the words “make America great again.” His competitors bored the audience with facts when all they wanted to hear was “I will build a wall and Mexico will pay for it”. His competitors quoted Ronald Reagan and Trump saddled them with cruel nicknames and his followers loved it. Trump packaged anger early and spread it liberally throughout his campaign. Trump identified what worked and he worked it and continues to work it. If love had worked he would be spreading that but that’s not the secret sauce this season. Mass merchant Trump saw it early and he will keep using it. In 2008 President Obama sold hope, and we bought it, and 2016 Trump is selling the polar opposite and we will see if this will take him to the White House.

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  • Bill  On March 21, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    This sounds like your most desperate lamentation on Donald Trump that you’ve penned yet. Correct me if I have this wrong. Your criticism of him is that he is an opportunist because the tactics that he has employed thus far have been effective? While his competitors are discussing issues which you suggest are of no interest to the electorate Trump is giving people what they want. Well damn, where did he ever learn such a tactic? I guess it just isn’t fair that he has out maneuvered his competitors.

    You remind me of a recent story in the news where a female youth basketball team was kicked out of the league for being too good and dominating all of the other competitors. Perhaps that’s what should be done to Trump.

    http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/14646198/minnesota-basketball-team-kicked-league-being-too-good

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