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    Donald Trump’s First Ad is Trolltastic

    Donald Trump’s First Ad is Trolltastic

    “He’ll quickly cut the head off ISIS and take their oil”

    Released Monday, Donald Trump’s first TV ad is about as trollish as they come.

    The ad transcript:

    The politicians can pretend it’s something else, but Donald Trump calls it radical Islamic terrorism. That’s why he’s calling for a temporary shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until we can figure out what’s going on. He’ll quickly cut the head off ISIS and take their oil. And he’ll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our Southern border that Mexico will pay for.

    Concluding with his slogan, “We will make America great again,” his ad is a jam-packed Greatest Hits reel: Troll Edition. Squeezed into Trump’s first ad is every line that made the media, Republicans, Democrats, and just about everyone else squeal like a stuck hog.

    Dara Lind explains at Vox:

    This is basically a “greatest hits” of the Trump proposals that have drawn the biggest outcries — not just from liberals and the media but from the Republican establishment. Trump’s promise to “make Mexico pay for the wall” has been mocked by Jeb Bush; his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States was condemned not just by Bush but by Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, at last month’s Republican debate.

    Trump’s campaign appears to believe that this is what Republican voters really love about their candidate: that he’s willing to do things in the name of protecting America that even other Republicans think go too far. This has been part of the Trump campaign from the beginning. But there were certainly other themes the campaign could have drawn on in its first ad to depict Trump as the truly independent candidate: talking about his success as a businessman, or hyping up his independence from wealthy donors or special interests. It’s certainly worth noting that the campaign gravitated to the things that people who aren’t Donald Trump fans are most likely to find offensive.

    Crudely wielding his Twitter account to poke and prod at media personalities and candidates who cross him is only one of Trump’s tools. He picks fights, seriously presents the unconscionable, calls people ‘losers,’ and it all works in his favor. Trolling everyone has one advantage though — earned media. And Trump is better than the rest of the field combined in the Earned Media category.

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    Eskyman | January 4, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, gives this ad an “A++++” rating and says, “It might go down in history as one of the best political ads of all time.”

    Trump-haters had better not follow this link:
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/136612798856/trumps-first-ad-master-persuader-filter

    Personally, I really like this ad. How refreshing!


       
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      pesanteur in reply to Eskyman. | January 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks. Interesting analysis from Adams.

      Adams’ analysis is, well, over-analysis.

      This is very simple: the nation is pissed-off that the GOP is corrupt, the democrats are nuts and corrupt, and Obama is running our way of life off a cliff. The nation is looking for a savior, and Trump fits the bill.

      Adams stated he’s not smart enough to know who would be the best president. Is he smart enough to know who would be a catastrophe as president? (Namely, a sickly, horribly corrupt, utterly incompetent old leftist fascist hag?) If not, why is he writing anything?


     
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    Sammy Finkelman | January 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    The politicians can pretend it’s something else, but Donald Trump calls it radical Islamic terrorism.

    Not all politicians avoid that. And even Hillary Clinton uses the word radical, but not the word Islamic.

    That’s why he’s calling for a temporary shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until we can figure out what’s going on.

    Is he proposing to start this “temporary” shutdown more than a year from now!, on January 20, 2017?

    If he thinks the problem is going to last more than one year, or that we won’t understand what’s going on by then, then it doesn’t look very temporary.

    I mean, what is he saying? Is this an idea tossed out now that he hopes the president and Congress will adopt, but that he knows will be irrelevant in a year? Is it his plan for when he becomes president? Will it then take him take him only 3 months or so to figure out where the terrorists are coming from? Is this just boob bait?

    He’ll quickly cut the head off ISIS

    This is something that Obama is actually trying to do. Is he saying he will be more successful or what? Can he at least hint at the reason he would be more successful?

    and take their oil.

    This is something that many administrations have been at great pains to say they have no intention of doing anything like that and that the war is not for oil!

    Why does he want to feed ammunition to all the leftwingers in the world? Because no other Republican will do it? I think that’s the answer.

    And there’s not much oil there in territory occupied by iSIS anyway. Is the rationale for taking the oil that this way the war is paid for? You could make an argument for that, and that the people should pay something for their liberation.

    And he’ll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our Southern border that Mexico will pay for

    The video then shows a wall in Morocco…

    …that people are climbing over!


     
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    Sammy Finkelman | January 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I think actually this is very hastily put together ad that says nothing new.

    It couldn’t.

    They had to make sure that “the Donald” approved it, and theer wasn’t time to decide what to say.


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