We have all heard the name. We have all seen what he is doing. And we are all still confused as to why a person like Donald Trump is leading in the American Republican party polls for the presidential candidacy. With a man like Donald Trump, you either love him, or you hate him. It his hard to find a middle ground with him, for he is a man of extremes. You either love his idea of building a wall along the US border with Mexico, or you hate it. You either love his brash humor and informal speeches, or you hate them. You get my point. To me, (as a lover of everything politics) I find that he is a very curious character, one who is changing the face of politics, and one that needs to be understood. After all, over 28% of republican Americans support his cause, so he must be doing something right. In this article I aim to find out what exactly that is.
First of all, for the benefit of those who do not know much about the man behind the movement, here is a short synopsis of his life until the position in which we find him now. Donald Trump was born in New York in 1946 to the wealthy Trump family, and went to the Wharton School of Finance to study real-estate and business. Shortly after graduation, Trump went to work for his father’s New York based real-estate firm. After gaining experience there, he later went on to start the Trump Organization, which is now an international real-estate empire. Trump is currently worth $4 billion , making him the 158th richest American.
Trump had no ordinary upbringing, and no experience in politics, so what makes him America’s favorite “politician”? Here is my take, based on numerous online articles, news feeds, opinion pieces, and my own analysis.
Firstly, he is different: This is the one that most of us have heard. If Trump has one main advantage over the others in the race it is that he is not really like anybody else in the race. He is not a politician, and he says what he wants, something that Americans want but have never had. He also has a different personality compared to his fellow runners. He has the classic american bulldog mentality something that Americans want, but something that politicians usually shy away from.
Secondly, he is a celebrity: Trump has been a prominent figure in the American social scene for many decades with his hosting of the TV show ‘The Apprentice’ and and owning luxury brand of hotels. This “movie star” image of Trump is seen by many as an indicator of success, and has resulted in the mass circulation of his name long before he ever considered running for president.
And lastly, he hits the nail on the head: The current sentiment in America, is one of negativity regarding immigration, shrinking american power, and most importantly a lazy and ineffective government. Trump, it seems, also feels the same way. Americans are tired of the problems their country faces, and now that they have a figure of power like trump to rally around they sure are rallying. He is fighting the ineffective politics, the border crisis, and the such in a way that the american populous can identify with. In short he wants to “make America great again,” which is his campaign slogan. Clever.
Politics is a very dynamic world where looks and words are more often than not deceiving. Trump may be in the lead now, but only time will tell if he will survive the gauntlet of public opinion, the critics, the media, and everything in between. Judging by current polls, Trump looks like he is in it for the long run, and there is no telling what that will mean not only for the USA, but for the world.