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Trump Is Really Important but Not for the Reasons You Might Think | Jonathan Freeman

In the fairness of full disclosure, I was completely wrong about . When he first came on the political scene, I thought he was a fad — a clueless businessman with an ego the size of New York City, a crude guy who would spike for his 15 minutes of more fame, and then ultimately crash and burn. I trusted that the intense media scrutiny and Republican primary electorate, turned-off by his limited understanding of issues, would ultimately whittle him down to little more than a temporary embarrassment to the great ideals of this singular country.

 

Given the current state of things, as the primary season is only about a month away, it is safe to say that my prediction was way off. I have no problem admitting that Trump has been brilliant at manipulating the media to control his message. His momentum has struck fear in the hearts of many who are left wondering, “He can’t be serious?!” Those people, both Republican and Democrat, need to stop doubting Trump and take him at his word that he is a demagogue, bigot and thug. But more importantly, what does Trump’s durability tell us about the state of American — specifically about the state of the Republican and Democratic parties?

 

The Republican Party has worked itself into a lose-lose situation. In its quest for electoral victory, the GOP has done anything and everything to chase a winning strategy. Once upon a time, and by that, I mean what feels like yesterday, the Republican Party stood for internationalism, free market capitalism, and a smaller government — values that even I, as a diehard Democrat, could support and even possibly vote for.

 

By contrast, today’s Republican Party seems to stand for who is angriest at any person who has ever worked in Washington, D.C. Today’s Republican Party appears to represent whomever can say the worst thing about minorities but fall short of actually saying, “We don’t like minorities.” Today’s GOP seems to equate internationalism with belligerence and never agreeing to international treaties.

 

The Republican Party has worked itself into a lose-lose situation. In its quest for electoral victory, the GOP has done anything and everything to chase a winning strategy. Once upon a time, and by that, I mean what feels like yesterday, the Republican Party stood for internationalism, free market capitalism, and a smaller government — values that even I, as a diehard Democrat, could support and even possibly vote for.

The only issue in the American political world anyone seems to talk about these days is Donald Trump. Everyone appears to have an opinion, and since we’re on the tail end of the giving season, I figured I would add mine: Donald Trump is extremely important to the current dynamic of American politics, but not for the reason that you (or he) may think.

 

 

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