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That was actually a very good interview. Thanks for posting. I still am waiting to see what happens in the early states before I commit, but I am not afraid of a Trump candidacy or a Trump presidency. I think anyone who has read his books, knows anything about his life/career can see that he is not someone to fear.
Obama and Congress have put us in such desperate straits economically that I am coming to the conclusion that only someone with the cojones of Trump can tackle it. The other folks are all part of the system that created the problem.
Whoa, he avoided the traps - nuclear weapons use in particular. Yes, the unpredictability factor matters. Reagan had it. The commies slept with one eye open until they were economically vanquished. I think Scott Adams is probably right - this is going to be a landslide.
That mealy-mouthed journalist is the perfect foil for Trump. 5 minutes after he sneered at Trump's claim about getting Mexico to pay for a wall, Trump mentioned that he's $35M under budget (because the MSM is basically funding his campaign). It's amusing to watch. They'll never get it.
I think Trump should stick to real estate. As one of the largest landlords in the country I find it interesting that he never mentions property rights. In fact, not one word on rights or liberty. He sounds like a big government Progressive. The problem is he doesn't know history or philosophy enough (it seems) to even know what that means. He sounds as if money is the answer to everything. More money, more action. He is the perfect example of who benefits from government regulation. He can afford to pay for changes and fines caused by increased regs; the little guy can't.
He reminds me of TR. TR was a patriot and a good man, but he didn't give a damn about the constitution. His answer to many situations was to make it so one way or another. He is one of the biggest reasons our federal government is so overbearing. I think Trump really believes that a single man can make America great again.
I find it hard to believe that his rallies are filled with conservative republicans that vote in primaries. I suspect that there are many Reagan democrats and independents that can't vote in most GOP primaries. But, I'm backing Carson, and before that Herman Cain, and before that Fred Thompson. Shows how much I know.
Whatever Trump's baggage is it pales in comparison to the baggage of the other candidates. Those who dislike Trump believe if they just point out his sins or failings then everone will suddenly see him differently. What they are missing is that for decades a very large percentage of Americans have been demanding that our leaders fix certain problems (immigration, spending, unconstitutional laws, oppressive regulations, etc.). Most of our politicians don't want to talk about these things and the few that do prefer to lie to our face. The reason Bill Clinton got elected twice with a minority of votes both times is because Republicans refused to acknowledge these issues. Trump is taking these issues on. The GOPe is at least consistent in that they still refuse to acknowledge the issues Americans care about and instead insist that Trump is a defective candidate so anyone who would vote for him must be stupid. Perhaps there is a lot of stupidity to go around. But if the GOPe continues it's head in the sand approach we will have another Clinton in the White House.
Pretty much most of his failings have been in the public eye for decades: multiple wives, an affair, bankruptcies, etc. We already know these things about him, so anything related to those will not really knock him down.
I think looking at his children tells you a lot about him. They are all smart, accomplished people. I have never read anything derogatory or wild in the society pages. Just wait until they start stumping for their father. This is the hidden strength that Trump has yet to use. I have seen Eric, I think, on Fox News, and Ivanka to some degree step up and talk about their dad and his personality and ideas. But that is just a small bit of what they can do to propel him forward and to show he is not a crazy, sexist pig.
Besides that, Barbara Walters interviewed the Trumps recently (November?) and stated how intelligent Melania was. If you look up her background, she is quite accomplished in her own right (grew up pretty poor, has an architecture degree).
Anyway, those who think Trump is terrible need only look at the family he has to see who he really is behind the scenes.
I will vote for Trump in the general if he makes it that far. His intentions for the border and immigration make that a reasonable compromise. But, does he really intend to fix problems like spending, unconstitutional laws, oppressive regulations, etc? He talks a lot about growing government, spending more money, and using government to make our lives better. I expect the federal government to generally increase and the states' powers to decrease if Trump is elected president. More of the same, but different.