Since announcing his candidacy a couple of months back, Donald Trump has exploded onto the scene, becoming the overwhelming frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump took what was already going to be an absolute circus and turned it into must-see reality television.
Now, I still have my doubts concerning Trump’s staying power as the GOP frontrunner. He’s far too big of a liability in the general election and I just can’t see the RNC or Fox News allowing him to be the GOP candidate without a huge fight. While they’re walking a dangerous path if they try to “take him out,” their only choices might ultimately be:
- Embrace him as their candidate, which will likely cost them the White House next year. – or –
- Turn on him and risk him running as a third-party candidate which could cost them the White House next year.
The only real hope Republicans have is that Trump will eventually self-implode, which is still highly likely to happen. I honestly believe it’s only a matter of time before he finally says something that pisses off enough Republicans to where he’ll start falling in the polls.
Then again, these are Republican voters we’re talking about. Many of these people typically only care about what sounds good – it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not.
According to the well-respected and non-partisan fact-checking site Politifact, practically nothing of substance that he says is actually true. Of the 38 comments Politifact has investigated (the vast majority coming after he announced his bid for the White House), zero have been rated as True with only two (5 percent) being rated as Mostly True.
On the flip side, an astonishing 30 of his 38 comments (79 percent) have been rated as Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire. To put it another way, Trump makes serial liar Ted Cruz look like Abe Lincoln by comparison; 9 of the 51 Cruz comments Politifact has fact-checked have been found to be either True or Mostly True, with 35 found to be Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire.
I bet it gets under Cruz’s skin that Trump is lying to conservative voters far more effectively than he is.
Yet, despite this horrific record of dishonesty, Trump has managed to become the overwhelming (and flat-out dominant) candidate in the very crowded GOP field. Once again, when it comes to pandering to conservatives, all you really need to do is tell them what they want to hear; it doesn’t matter at all if it’s actually true.
Not only that, but he almost never provides any details about how he would do anything. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen someone from the press push him to provide specific details on how he would do some of the things he’s promised to do if elected and his answer typically goes something like this:
Listen, I’ll do what no other candidate can do and it will be fabulous. These other losers can’t get done what I’ve promised to do within the first few weeks after I take office. I’ll do wonderful things for this country.
While I’m obviously paraphrasing, that’s generally how he answers most requests to give specifics about his policies and how he plans to implement them. It’s actually comical to watch him get asked specific questions, then dance his way around them while trying not to actually answer them.
No matter what ultimately ends up happening as it relates to Donald Trump and his quest for the White House, it is a testament to the absurdity of the Republican party that someone like Trump could actually become their presidential frontrunner and hold a commanding lead for as long as he already has.
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