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    Trump Jumps In

    Trump Jumps In

    From reality star to Commander in Chief?

    Cue the confetti cannon…

    Donald Trump is running for president.

    Today during a rally at Trump Tower in New York City, Trump became the 2,347th Republican to declare candidiacy in the 2016 primary. Via ABC News:

    “We are going to make our country great again,” Trump, who turned 69 on Saturday, declared.

    He added, “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

    In 2012, Trump launched a Presidential exploratory committee and visited key battleground states before bowing out in May 2011. This time though, Trump says he’s in it for the long haul; he plans to step away from the day to day management of The Trump Organization, and hand the reigns over to his children: Ivanka, Donald Jr, and Eric. He has also chosen to step aside from his hit reality show, “The Apprentice.”

    “They all said, a lot of the pundits on television, well, Donald will never run, and one of the main reasons is he’s private and he’s probably not as successful as everybody thinks,” said Trump, who has never held public office before. “So I said to myself, you know, nobody is ever going to know unless I run because I’m really proud of my success.”

    Video via TMZ (who I’m assuming is excited for the sheer amount of content they’re about to encounter):

    Of course, the media has jumped on the opportunity to shine light on the dollar signs floating around this campaign. Trump’s net worth jumped to the forefront of every article I read about his announcement. Via CNN:

    The 68-story tower venue Trump used Tuesday is more than just the backdrop to Trump’s presidential announcement, instead becoming a physical embodiment of what Trump is bringing to the table and the challenges he’ll face as he formally entered politics.

    Trump has already billed himself as the “most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far,” pointing out even that he owns a “Gucci store that’s worth more than Romney.”

    That Gucci store won’t be far as Trump makes his announcement — it’s located in the lobby of the Trump Tower.

    But in his run, Trump isn’t likely to try and shy away from the out-of-reach luxury and opulence that makes up his day-to-day lifestyle.

    Instead, he flaunted his wealth and success in business as a centerpiece of his presidential platform in his speech. And on Tuesday he disclosed his financial assets, trumpeting a whopping $9 billion net worth. Trump’s net worth was previously estimated at roughly $4 billion.

    I think that most strategists would agree that a candidate who flaunts his wealth in the way that Trump has could prove problematic with the voting base. That being said—at this point, why not try it? Democrats have used the income disparity argument to nail Republican presidential candidates to the wall for years; is there really any point in trying to make someone like Donald Trump look like Joe America on his riding lawnmower?

    Trump’s lifestyle is out of the reach of not just most Americans, but most people on the planet. That’s reality, and I think most people accept that. I may not understand what it feels like to own a yacht (anyone have a yacht I can borrow to test this?) but I do understand what it feels like to earn enough money to make a major purchase, or treat myself to a luxury item. Why shouldn’t he be proud of his towers in the same way I’m proud of the things I’ve earned? Pitching scale is difficult, but the fact that he doesn’t seem prepared to hide behind rolled up sleeves and moderately-priced-yet-tasteful home furnishings could help.

    That could be the key to humanizing Trump. We already know Trump the Billionaire Mogul and Trump the Reality TV star; as a wonk, I’m interested to see how his campaign plans on introducing Trump the Man to the American people.


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    MouseTheLuckyDog | June 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Does Trump have any chance of getting nominated? I doubt it.
    Would Trump make a good president? I don’t know. Trump is full bluster and hype. But at the same time he is successful. This suggests to me the bluster is a facade to distract his competitors. So maybe he would be a good President.

    One thing however is true. He will add a lot of energy and excitment to the campaign. I welcome that.

    Estragon | June 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Trump is a sideshow, a distraction. He isn’t aligned with the GOP primarily, as his donation history shows. He is also a Lone Wolf type of executive, not the consensus builder a President needs to be to get his program through Congress.

    He’s another reason it is a bad idea to use polls to cut off qualifiers for debates. Trump will score in the 8-10% range on name recognition alone. Serious, qualified candidates like Fiorina, Jindal, and Kasich will be relegated to a lesser debate to accommodate the ego trip Trump is on.

      platypus in reply to Estragon. | June 17, 2015 at 1:33 am

      Just an observation on your cut-off line about debates. if a really good candidate gets nosed out and left in the lower level, wouldn’t that person stand out over the others at that level? I can conceive of a good candidate forced to debate at the lower level actually getting better publicity from tromping on his/her competitors than if he/she was in the higher level.

    Kind of like Bruce Jenner did by appearing in drag on a national magazine cover, Trump is breaking the ice: he is loudly proclaiming the nation is being run by malignant idiots.

    But if Trump gains any traction on the right, it’s because idiots are running the GOP, which we know to be true.

    Just like Karl Rove’s stupid advice to George W. Bush to not respond to the outrageous demonizations made against Bush gave us ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ (or whoever he really is,) John Boehner and the rest of the lame hacks hogging the leadership positions of the GOP have now given us Donald Trump.

    By our tolerating the likes of Boehner, no one can say we don’t deserve Donald.

    Henry Hawkins | June 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

    “Serious” candidate Trump on whom he’d love to have as a running mate: Oprah Winfrey.

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