You have to feel sorry for the Republican Party. They are trying really hard to conduct a civil primary campaign and then chose the best candidate for the presidency, and then Donald Trump shows up. Like they didn’t have enough problems already.
RNC chair Reince Priebus did his best to figure out how to get past this stage of the primary, Republicans have as many as 15 declared or soon-to-be-declared candidates and Priebus has to cut the list down to a few serious candidates able to compete against Hillary Clinton.
The upcoming debates are limited to 10 participants which means that many of the candidates will not be invited. The 10 candidates that will be chosen have to be good candidates, those with serious chances. And then Trump steps in. He will probably be among the top 10 despite the fact that he doesn't stand much chance of winning the nomination.
The problem with Trump is that he is a walking caricature, but at the same time he is a poster boy for everything Republicans believe in.
Trump is rich. Republicans think wealth is a sign of virtue. And nobody talks more about his own wealth than Donald Trump. In fact, he insists that he's even richer than people think. His insistence that everything he touches is the best and super-classy is exactly how Republicans say we must talk about America. This approach is the essence of "American exceptionalism."
Trump is the most ridiculous candidate in the Republican presidential primary. At the same time, as the personification of Republican values, Trump belongs there. In fact, he is the perfect Republican and some might say the perfect presidential candidate. Indeed, he represents many of the qualities at the core of the modern Republican party.
Listing his qualifications for being president he said: “I’m in competition with ISIS – they just built a hotel in Syria!” and “I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China.”
He is a man who talks at length against jobs being outsourced to China while simultaneously outsourcing the manufacturing of his own clothes to that same dreaded country. “I’m really rich! I have a total net worth [of] over $10bn,” he crowed announcing his bid.
Trump as a president sounds logical in a country where people regularly confuse wealth with intelligence. We have a billionaire who refuses to believe in things like science, as demonstrated by his raging against vaccines and climate change (he tweets photo every time it snows in New York.) He threatens to "build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.” Then there is his long-term inability to accept that a black man can be born in America, expressed through the euphemism “birtherism”.
Trump exemplifies the country’s extremes – he is the worst-of-America candidate.
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