Trump wants to stoke your anger, not solve what causes it

Donald Trump

Donald Trump, you may have heard, won’t be coming to the RedState Gathering in Atlanta as originally scheduled. But he didn’t need to be here for the biggest difference between him and the rest of the GOP field to be evident:

Trump is trying to stoke the anger of voters. The other 16 candidates are trying to harness it.

Eight of the other candidates have already addressed the RedState crowd, with a ninth, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, scheduled to close the afternoon’s agenda. To a person, the eight have talked about ways to “make America great again” in ways that go beyond slapping the slogan on a ball cap. In reverse order of their appearances, a distilled message from each of them.

Jeb Bush talked about not settling for subpar economic growth, poor public education and the lingering poverty they yield.

Ted Cruz talked about overturning a Washington hierarchy that takes in Republican votes and money and turn out an unacceptable, establishment status quo.

Mike Huckabee talked about fighting for those who have been struggling economically since even before the recession.

Marco Rubio talked about ending a spiraling increase in college tuition and the subsequent decline of people’s access to the education they need to learn skills and improve their lives.

Carly Fiorina talked about taking the fight to Hillary Clinton and the left.

Bobby Jindal talked about cutting government down to size.

Rick Perry talked about taking a stand to secure peace and prosperity for future generations.

Chris Christie talked about growing our way out of our debt crisis and changing Social Security and Medicare in order to save them.

Let me tell you what Trump would have said if he hadn’t been given the boot by RedState’s Erick Erickson: How great and rich and classy he is, how stupid everyone else is.

Now, if you’re angry, that kind of devil-may-care bravado might seem like a breath of fresh air for the political world. There’s a lot that’s wrong with the political class.  But Trump’s stoking public anger is actually more emblematic of what’s wrong with politics than promising as a way of fixing things.

On his campaign website you’ll find hundreds of words of Trump’s bragging — typical is this sentence: “Recent acquisitions include the iconic Doral Hotel & Country Club (800 acres) in Miami, and the historic Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. which is being developed into a world class luxury hotel.” You’ll find not a word about what, specifically, he’d do to “make America great again.” His “in the news” feed is nothing but a list of poll results and nice things people have said about him.

It is all about him. There is nothing about you, your neighbor, or anyone not named Donald Trump.

I can understand why you might be angry. I do not understand what Donald Trump’s self-aggrandizement does anything to make things better. There are plenty of Republicans and, yes, Democrats offering ways to fix the things you’re angry about. Donald Trump, who’s been a Republican and a Democrat, isn’t one of them.

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lvg
lvg

Erick Erickson   author of  "stay  at home women" disinvites misogynist  Trump  from performing in Atlanta at his  private circus for right wingers who do not believe women should control their own bodies-hilarious!

bu2
bu2

If I'm angry about anything its that so many people are taking a clown like Trump and a failure like Fiorina seriously.

If any of the top 5 in that NBC poll won the Republican nomination, I might have to leave that line blank.


Of course, reality TV did get record ratings for the Republicans.  Maybe the Dems should encourage Jenner to run against Hillary and try to determine who was the better woman.

332-206
332-206

Uh huh...

From Politico: ""I'd been open to him before, but he kind of closed the book for me," said Ronny West, 59, of Kennesaw, Georgia, who expressed disdain for what he saw as Trump's "hissy fit."

OldPhysicsTeacher
OldPhysicsTeacher

He's no different than Howard Beale.  It's just TV histrionics for the conservative masses that are as mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.


I was reading a blog that said a significant number of Republicans were considering breaking away to form a new party.  I then found out it was the people that most liked The Donald who were those people.  GREAT!  If they do leave, I'll come back!  I've held my nose and voted AGAINST the Republican Party since I saw Bush I maneuvered us into Gulf War I.  Now, I will admit he did a great job of it.  I don't think there were 200 people in the USA that knew the way he publicly pronounced Saddam Hussein's first name was an insult designed to harden Hussein's position so he wouldn't leave Kuwait. He did a great job.  I just thought we had no business fighting other people's wars.  

Maybe if those guys leave, you guys will clean up your act, while the congressmen using histrionics designed to "fire up the base" will move over to the "mad as hell party" and leave the adults to fix this nation. Maybe!   




Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Trump has rode a wave of popularity BECAUSE he has tapped into the simmering anger of many Americans who are tired of the so-called "conservatives" who give lip service to the issues and then become part of the problem in Washington.

Illegal immigration?  Most rational folks know that you must first stop the bleeding before you can begin treatment.  A fence is not the answer however, you need troops on the ground with guns - simple as that.  The first time a drug cartel fires upon a Border Patrol agent, there should have been a Cobra gunship lighting them up with their 30 cal.


Since the first Gulf war, America has spent hundreds of Billions (trillions?  nobody knows) of credit card money along with the blood of thousands of American service men and women.  For what?  To make the region less stable?  We see now exactly why Saddam was a ruthless dictator - you have to be one in that area of the world.

Beau1500
Beau1500

He's one of yours Kyle.  Enjoy!

Dman
Dman

Kyle, you haven't been listening to Trumps speeches if you don't think he has laid out any plans to fix Americas problems. Like you, I thought Donald was a pampas self centered typical rich guy until I listened to his speech on you tube. I liked what he said. Mostly I liked that he isn't politically correct and it's obvious he's not regurgitating what his aids are telling him to say like the other candidates. I liked what he said he would have done with the negotiations in Iran. I like what he said what he would do to get the debt reduced. I liked what he said about getting people back to work. Maybe if he were allowed to speak at the Red State event, you would be more informed about what he wants to do when he is President. I haven't decided who I am going to vote for yet but he has my attention for sure.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

Kyle, I feel obliged to point out that there are no 'solutions' offered in any of the other candidate summaries you offer in this post.

HOW do the other GOP candidates propose to improve education, break the cycle of poverty, make gov't smaller, etc.

For decades, the only solution coming from GOP has been to lower taxes and cut entitlements and lessen gov't environment/financial regulations.

Does that still summarize the 'solutions' the GOP has to offer?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

But... he's RICH!  So that means he knows EVERYTHING!  And he has been LIVING RIGHT!  And if you are not as rich as him you are STUPID!  And that means EVERYBODY!

Gandolph
Gandolph

Well said.

My biggest concern is that he will resort to a third party candidacy and set-up a 1992 scenario again.  Bush vs. Clinton with Perot (Trump) being the spoiler to ensure a Clinton victory.  For some reason, a third party candidate seems to only pull votes disaffected (read angry) votes from the Republican side 

PinkoNeoConLibertarian
PinkoNeoConLibertarian

Thus, one of my many issues with Trump. He's shown time and again, in both word and deed if you can't give him something he needs he considers you second class and beneath him. Why do people seem to think that he would do anything for them or their situation if he were given any power? He doesn't give a rat's patootie about anything or anyone other than himself. Period.


Another issue I have is not so much with him as the media. The more they cover him the less they cover the other candidates. That limits the amount of information that voters can get to try to differentiate between all the folks running. Hard to be an informed voter when the information isn't being disseminated.


justhetruth2015
justhetruth2015

and what about "Change" ...little short on specifics there I would say....but then we could change...change from work to no work, from citizen to illegal immigrant, from steady prices to overnight quadruple food price increase, I could go  on.......but its change you can believe in.  

justhetruth2015
justhetruth2015

you must really be worried about Trump cause its all you can talk about.. Im glad because IM voting for him. Tech has disrupted every business and now Trump is doing it to politics. I honestly believe that NO ONE could do a worse job governing than the 2 we have had for the last 14 years. At least we could get somebody with some balls and the guts to tell the truth. 

cw1960
cw1960

Trump is exactly what the GOP deserves.  "The Base" has become such a vile cesspool seething with manufactured-by-Fox-News-and-Talk-Radio anger and bile (most of which is based on nothing but hearsay and nary a fact to be found), Trump is simply using it the way he uses everything. He's a side-show barker calling in the masses.  There's not a genuine candidate among any of the GOP field, they're all pandering to some faction without a sincere bone in their bodies.  Trump just happens to be the most professional at being a jerk, so of course, "the base" loves him.

Terpman
Terpman

Trump has my vote, period. The GOP really needs to dig deep and find out why Trump is so far ahead of the others. The reason is people are absolutely FED UP with lousy idiotic politicians( both Republicans and Democrats) and a self-serving media who actually think they have something to say. Fox stoked the "Trump wand" and achieved their highest viewership ever, and then based on their questions tried to tear him apart, Megan Kelly had her own agenda, she deserved the responses from Trump. Chris Wallace asking the questions on bankruptcy was a joke

This group the Republicans are trotting have lived off the taxpayers ( except for Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson) and the public dole to enrich themselves, they offer to " change Washington" , I have heard that crap for 40 years, blah-blah-blah. Would welcome Fiorina or Carson to join Trump on a 3rd Party tickets with Trump, YOU have my vote. Enough is enough.

btn
btn

Is there really much difference between Trump and Cruz?


Ted Cruz tells his supporters he can get massive concessions from Obama, without any attempt at negotiation with him.  He then he proposes a plan that is doomed from the very start, when it fails he blames other Republicans, then he uses his failed campaign as a fundraising tool to remove money from his gullible followers pockets.

At least Trump isn't making money off his rabble rousing.

RickDDay
RickDDay


Oh really, Kyle? You quoted the other candidates lamentations, NOT their solutions or policy outlines. They HAVE no solutions, just 'talking points' and 'sound bytes'.


"Blah whine blah whine..." 


While I'll reserve my vote for Sanders, the Trump machine is doing something you guys in the media refuse. He rips the veneer off this GOP clown car, and shows the clowns for who and what they are: sideshow distractions.


The media has created this mess by allowing candidates to dance that little sidestep without challenge. Your paycheck is issued by a billionaire. So what do you want?


Trump does not follow your script of 'how a candidate should act'? Get over it.

ZAZ
ZAZ

Trump is a carnival act.....nothing more, nothing less. Imagine as president and his first G8 Summit. Merkel disagrees with him, he then blurts out that she's a fat slob who's stupid. Wouldn't that shake up the talk show circuits?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2


Hear, hear, Kyle!

Anger, by itself, accomplishes nothing.

There should be leash laws for DOGS like Donald.

schnirt

Anyhoo, I know of only one person who took on Rahm Emanuel for saying this:

"Take your #!%@&ing tampon out and tell me what you have to say."

to a staffer while serving as Obama's Chief of Staff.

That one person was Carol Moseley Braun, while running against Rahm in Chicago's mayoral campaign. Obama, without hesitation, offered HIS support to Emanuel.

Braun lost. Perhaps because she said this:

"Patricia, the reason you didn't now where I was the last 20 years is because you were strung out on crack," said Moseley Braun. "I was not strung out on crack. I don't have a record."

to one of her female opponents?

Politics is nasty business. 

1Robert
1Robert

A carnival barker sounds better than what we have running from either party.

get this
get this

Wingfield...Your  article is short and simple " If you don't like the message kill the messenger".   Your obvious attack on TRUMP is like most liberal attacks published in the  New York Times. Your feeble attempt to sway public opinion has failed miserably just like your  coverage of the Red State Event.   Shame on you.

partlycloudy
partlycloudy

While there are many blacks who have a lot of anger which is directed at whites for no good reason, there are many more whites who have been taught by their parents and by white male politicians to blame everyone but themselves for everything that is wrong in their lives.  I know white women and white men, most of them yankees btw, who live down here and blame everything, their lack of education, their lack of good jobs, on everyone but themselves.  Yet they are lazy as heck and refuse to work a job where they cannot leave anytime they want to.  Trump has tapped into that anger.  If the people I know blame themselves, they'd have to change their work ethic, etc.  So it is much easier to blame everyone else.

When I was a kid, all the white male politicians down here blamed blacks for everything.

I was really enlightened when I went to Berkeley Calif in the 60s and the politicians there said that the Mexicans were to blame for everything that went wrong in california.  Light bulb moment.  All white politicians lie.

zonadawg61
zonadawg61

I can almost see the GOP paying Trump handsomely to be the guy and blowbag he is simply to show the rest of the candidates as "not so bad." Then when Trump drops out, which he will, the rest might look a whole lot better to voters. Unfortunately there really isn't any candidate to get excited about. Hillary? Nah. Old, exposed and used up. The Government spends millions on candidates and we get factory rejects from both sides.


Thank God it's football season almost.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Agree on Trump, disagree about Democrats.

Curious_George
Curious_George

Rush Limbaugh nailed it in Friday's broadcast.

Fox News and conservative-esque "journalists" and media types like Mr. Wingfield claims to be have been given their marching orders from the GOP to take out Trump by any means necessary.




Curious_George
Curious_George

If the Republican Party (sincerely) wants me to keep voting for it in Presidential elections, when will it give me another  electable candidate  WITH  a spine?

(I've been waiting for another one since 1984.)

 

LDH2O
LDH2O

Interesting that Bush, Cruz, Hucabee, and Rubio are all addressing things that the Republicans were supposed to champion under W. -  E.G.: "struggling economically since even before the recession." Now who was the president then? And if he could not fix it then, why should we believe the Republicans can now?

FSB22
FSB22

I have not heard any of the other candidates say anything about the disparity in our current trade agreements. As for your statement "There are plenty of Republicans and, yes, Democrats offering ways to fix the things you’re angry about. Donald Trump, who’s been a Republican and a Democrat, isn’t one of them". That is your opinion the facts certainly do not back that statement up! Most of the others you claim will be our saviors are life long politicians along with the baggage and mindset that for the last 8-10 years have done nothing! The government is a business maybe it's time to let a businessman with a proven track record of making money have a shot.

almmanduane75
almmanduane75

There are a lot of wealthy Democrats also.


Unfortunately they are outnumbered by a class of citizens that fall for the party line.


You would think at some point a light would go off when they look at how their situations really aren't improving.


Hard to believe they don't realize that they are no better off than the last candidate they elected promised they would be. 


Maybe they are fooled by a new coat of paint in the projects.


                                                "Pants Up"  "Don't Loot"


POV1948
POV1948

He's a Kardashian.  

ATLAquarius
ATLAquarius

And yet the polls....look will he win the nomination? No....but these polls simply speak to what any Republican nominee has to speak to in order to get out the vote


CountryFirst
CountryFirst

Past time for talk, actions are needed and BS Politicians are all talk and pandering for votes, we need a business man to run and guide this economy, all else will fall in line. DUMMY!

CountryFirst
CountryFirst

Trump creates more jobs in his sleep than Obama does as full time POTUS! DUMMY

QuarterMoon
QuarterMoon

So basically Trump is like your typical right-wing radio talk show host. Or, judging by his poll numbers, one of their callers. 

1Hadenough
1Hadenough

Kyle,

What you don't understand about Conservative Republicans that like Donald Trump', is we have elected a Republican U.S. senate and house that have done nothing they have promised to do for us during the election.  McConnell and Boehner are out for themselves and are proven liars.  At least Trump is saying, without question, that he will at least STOP the illegals from crossing the southern border.  That is far more then we have received from the Republican main stream.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Hey. First. He's not the only one stoking fear. He's just taking if to Ozzy Osborne levels.

FarTrain
FarTrain

Guess where all that "anger" you referred to comes from?  The most divisive President this  country has ever had. He is on the verge on starting a race war, which seems to be what he wants.  So don't even talk about "anger" unless you admit to why it's upon us. DT has some faults but with his "Reagan-like" qualities is probably the only man who can straighten out this "God-forsaken" country!

Archangel
Archangel

A vote for Trump is a vote for Clinton. If he wins the nomination she will cream him like a pie, if he doesn't win then he'll enter as a third party candidate then Clinton will cream someone else like a pie. 

He's here to help the democrats not the republicans.

Dr. Irving
Dr. Irving

Did any of the candidates say exactly what they would replace Obamacare with once they have repealed it?

sssinff
sssinff

Talk is cheap, Kyle. 


You pretend like the GOP hasn't been stoking anger for the last however many years. You act like Trump isn't leading among GOP voters. He is stoking anger? Ok. Apparently many Republicans seem to like that about him. That's all the GOP has, "take our country back," blah blah blah. The GOP created its monster, now you're trying to stop it from destroying the city. Good luck! Republicans were going to have a tough go of things next year anyway, with the Trump variable, odds of retaking the White House go from bad to worse. You can't have it both ways. Years of hate and anger toward Obama and the and the democrats, and now you're shocked at what your party has become?

Smilesterr
Smilesterr

Let's cut the crap here. The media and the GOP hates Trump because they can't control him. We like him because he is not "filtered" and cleansed. If the GOP hatchet jobs this guy, we need another party. I personally do not like him, but hate big gubmint more.

DudleyDawg
DudleyDawg

And you think the 46% that currently support him are angry idiots too I guess.

Go Donald, Sic-um!

straker
straker

"Trump wants to stoke your anger"


And the rest want you to think they actually have your best interests at heart.


Hint - they don't.


Serving their Big Business sponsors is all they care about.


But, they don't worry as you will, as usual, vote against your own best interests.