Donald Trump’s book The Art of the Deal brought him to the attention of many Americans. Although it was entirely written by another individual, it was based on several months of access to Donald and purportedly accurate. Mr. Trump took credit for the entire endeavor, as celebrities are wont to do.
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Thinking about how people make deals is certainly helpful when we look at Trump’s modus operandi, or way of operating. To make a deal, one person convinces another that he or she will get something valuable from the transaction. When I was a child, there was much ado about marbles. Some were more desirable than others, and if you were good at making a deal, you could convince the other kid that his/her life would be sooooo much better with these two marbles than with the one currently in hand. You can probably identify similar situations in your life, be it baseball cards, toy soldiers, or Pokeman cards.
Unfortunately, sometimes we found that the item received didn’t fulfill our anticipated gain from the deal. While disappointing, we learned from these experiences and most likely refused the next opportunity to “deal” with the person who managed to talk us into the disappointing transaction.
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Donald Trump’s current deal for the American people is saying he will “Make America Great Again.”
To determine the advisability of accepting this deal, it would probably be helpful to examine how his previous deals have worked out for those he convinced to deal with him.
Hundreds of contractors walked away from his “Yuge” Atlantic City casino deals either unpaid or with only pennies on the dollar while Trump managed to extract tens of millions from the transactions. Don’t think those contractors will be willing to deal with him again!
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Banks in this country seem to be currently unwilling to loan Trump money. If they were so pleased with the deals they completed, it would seem they would have wanted to continue the relationship. Instead, Trump seems to be “dealing” with foreign banks in Germany and China. Banks don’t lend money to individuals when they believe they will not make a profit on the deal. When experiences have proven the reliability of the borrower, then the bank is willing to enter into future deals.
Those who gave money to the Trump Foundation probably thought they were making a deal to let Trump determine which charity would benefit from their contributions. Currently, it appears that money was used to buy a six foot portrait of Trump, autographed football memorabilia, and to pay fines levied on the Trump business empire due to his broken promises. Not the kind of deal the contributors planned on or thought they were making, it seems.
It’s been said the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Based on these observations, it would seem American voters would be wise to closely examine the likely outcome when considering Trump’s deal to “Make America Great Again.”
I love it when people who are smarter than I am agree with me! I never thought for one minute that Hillary Clinton’s “Basket of Deplorables” comment was either unintentional or accidental. And now it turns out that the Washington Post agrees with me. Talk about good company. Let me explain.
“Two can play this game, Donnie Boy!”
How often have we heard the complaint that Hillary Clinton comes off as impersonal because she is too calculating and scripted, she is never spontaneous and comes across as aloof. This may well be true. But there’s another consideration at play here. When you have a candidate that is that composed and scripted, they seldom screw up. The script is prepared, it is studied, it is practiced, and it comes off flawlessly. This is what you get with Hillary Clinton. A mistake of this magnitude, very unlikely.
Hillary has been playing this game with the press for more than 25 years, she’s a pro. The Orange Julius steals an entire news cycle or more with each outrageous statement. She’s turning the tables on Trump, but with an almost surgical purpose. If she had said “a few” or “some” of Trumps supporters were “deplorable”, it would have caused a minor tremor, but not overtake the cycle. In saying “½ of his supporters” I have no doubt that she was referring to the 61% who think that Obama is a secret Muslim-Marxist-Kenyan here to destroy the country. The “50%” was the hook to grab the attention of the press. Look how quickly and professionally the campaign walked back only the “50%’ portion, I’m betting that they had that written by the time she made the original statement.
And let me ask you a question. If this was such a major gaffe, why did the campaign already have a :30 spot ready to go, only having to insert Trumps peeved response to her comment. Hillary did this with a specific reason, to get the press talking about the racism in the Trump campaign.
And it’s working. In an article today in the Washington Post , they came to the same conclusion that I did. And they also confirmed that the media has picked up on this.
But one thing that does seem clear amid all the fallout from the remarks is that the national media is now spending more time talking about Trump’s bigotry and racist campaign.
This has already produced some high-profile moments. For instance, Trump veep candidate Mike Pence was repeatedly prodded on CNN to say whether David Duke is “deplorable.” Pence wouldn’t take the bait, but the net effect that produced was to create the impression that he was unwilling to criticize Duke; he subsequently went on Fox to clean up the mess.
This was exactly what the Clinton campaign was looking for with her “controversial” comment. I have had the television on since about 11 a.m. PDT this morning, and every show I’ve seen on both CNN and MSNBC has covered Clinton’s remarks extensively, but more importantly they have highlighted past “deplorable” statements made by Trump,
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and have played the :30 Clinton spot in its entirety. This is “earned media coverage” at its finest. Trump uses it to highlight his most pompous self, Clinton is using it to take a light slap on the wrist in order for the media to pivot and hammer Trump on his previous statements. Every show that I’ve seen today on either channel has showed a clearly pissed off Mike Pence trying yet again to repudiate David Duke without stooping to use Hillary’s term. Instead of Clinton getting hammered, the Trump campaign is on the defensive.
This is clearly aimed at one particular demographic. And it’s a big one, one that no Republican has ever lost since polling started tracking it, college educated white voters. As we speak, Trump is tied with Clinton with white college educated males, and he’s getting his ass kicked by a whopping 23% with white college educated women. And guess what? In a recent WaPo poll, 60% of college educated whites think that Trump is biased against women and minorities. Kudos to the WaPo for not poisoning the well on this poll! They very carefully used the word “biased”, as opposed to the more inflammatory “racist” or “bigoted” that could have skewed the honest results.
The longer that Clinton can keep the media talking about the bigotry and racism in Trumps campaign, the longer she can get them to keep playing that :30 ad, the more firmly she locks in this unexpected goldmine of support. And if she can get them once, they may take another look at the Democrats and decide to stick around for a while. Just another possible unintended benefit for the Democrats from Trump’s candidacy.
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