Donald Trump is a figure in politics that has been talked about nearly incessantly with myself being no exception. Anyone with the ability to rub two brain cells together realizes that Donald Trump hardly ever means what he actually says. He seems to become the most passionate when defending himself on a personal level, specifically his hands (allegedly so stubby it looks like he is missing a knuckle). It is tough to pin down what Donald Trump actually believes, considering he spent the first four decades of his life dishing out checks to Democratic politicians. One of these politicians being Hillary Clinton. There are sentiments floating around that he is “anti-establishment.” Well, from his own lips he uttered that he was part of establishment until he decided to run for President. He has switched his position many times throughout the election cycle. Including but not limited to, H1B visas, forcing the military to obey illegal orders, and disavowing David Duke et al (KKK). One of these positions he switched on stage prefacing it with “I’m changing” as he proceeded to weaken on illegal immigration. Not to mention his debacle with the New York Times where he said off the record, “Everything’s negotiable.” Except when he appears on television where he says certain things aren’t negotiable.
Why are people buying into this clear and present con-man? An innocent reason could easily be established. First off, perhaps they aren’t paying attention to the race as a whole and only see Trump when he presents one of his many faces, and they enjoy that face. Another reason is simple idol worship. For some reason, Trump has a certain portion of his following hanging on his every word as metaphorical gospel. No matter the switch Trump is always in the right. He was right to be tough on H1B visas, until it was stupid to be tough on H1B visas because Trump decided so, and therefore Trump was right again. Although, this switch could mainly be due to the fact that Trump has hired foreign workers in the past over American citizens for a quick buck. Thus is the issue with being ideologically wedded to candidates as opposed to having principles and choosing the candidate who most exemplifies those principles. One final reason, is that people are willing to side with whoever says they hate politicians the most, as they proceed to act just like who they claim to hate.
The media frequently report on Trump’s every word as well. They report when he takes an extreme position and then walks back the decision. This candidate is treating everything, even his electorate, as simply people he is negotiating with. He comes out with the most outlandish stance possible, then walks it back if the polls don’t show that position much favor. Just like in a business dealing, you start with a large number so you can implant that range in your partner’s head as reasonable. Trump is not a man of principle, he is a man of “make the best deal,” though instead of dollars riding on this deal it is votes. He is willing to do or say anything in order to make this “deal” possible. Now, detractors to this piece will say that this action is simply what all politicians do in order to get votes. Although with that statement they have admitted that Trump is just another politician. So the only thing you are trusting here is not fact, reason, or anything of that sort. You’re trusting Trump’s word. Pardon me, but Trump’s word is worth less than a German Mark in late-1923. Depending on the day, poll fluctuations, and his mood, Trump will cite whatever media report showed him giving the most convenient position for him at that moment in time. Just forget that he took the opposite view a mere week beforehand, for that’s completely irrelevant.