The time to consider Donald Trump’s chances of becoming the GOP presidential nominee farcical has come and gone. It has happened. The man who touts his plans to bomb the Middle East without having a basic understanding of the political landscape – or history – of the region is strikingly closer to the Oval Office.
Culpability is to be shared: fellow Republican nominees for criticizing his “liberal” stances instead of his lack of any and all qualifications to assume office; the Democratic nominees for simply calling him divisive, rather than misogynistic and racist; and the media for not pressing him on substantial policy and legislative issues.
Most importantly, blame also belongs to voters. Republicans are seeing record setting turnout, while Democratic turnout is plummeting. In sum, Republican voters are actually convinced by Trump’s fear mongering and blanket statements, while Democratic voters aren’t doing enough to combat the impending threat of a Trump presidency.
Many political strategists are gearing messaging towards the lower-income, uneducated, populace that comprises most of Trump’s supporters. Who they, the Republican Party and all those afraid of Trump’s ascension to power should also be concerned with are the educated.
Trump is bad for the Republican Party. That is irrefutable. He has made a mockery of the presidential race through numerous social gaffes and bouts of misinformation. To let Trump represent the GOP would take away from its intelligent past and present politicians, as well as set a disconcerting standard for who is acceptable to lead the country.
And yet, educated Republicans are also still voting for him. Why?
Because he is the “only one that will get anything done,” I was told by a friend.
It makes sense that political strategists are focused on the less-affluent, less educated demographic that has shown great support for the Donald.
Yet, numbers show even the upper echelons believe Trump can Make America Great Again. These voters are very likely to turn out, making their support particularly concerning.
They don’t care that he proclaims he will “build a wall” but does not address a legislative plan to deal with the complex process to obtain citizenship. They don’t care that he can’t name who is in power in the Middle East. They are not concerned with his outlandish comments, his tip-toeing around disavowing the KKK, his lambasting of all critics with words such as “dope” or “loser,” his offenses to women, Latinos, Muslims, among others.
They believe that strident political jargon compensates for lack of political preparedness.
They simply think he will surround himself with experts on all subjects he knows little about -which for the record, is nearly everything a Commander in Chief deals with – and make change a reality.
If even the educated buy the hateful, substance-less proclamations Trump is selling, strategies must be adjusted.
Educated Republicans must be reminded that saber-rattling is absolutely no indication of tangible results. In particular, Trump’s promises mean nothing when he lacks even basic context on the matters he is making promises on.
These voters are convinced by declarations to fight ISIS, combat illegal immigration and impose tariffs on goods from foreign countries when the man spewing them has no real knowledge on the issues.
Trump supporters, the highly educated included, must be urged by communication strategists and all fellow Americans that promising to “get things done” when you have no real grasp on the issues is dangerous.
It’s only a matter of time before Trump calls Ayatollah Khamenei or Bashar al-Assad a “loser” and inflicts irreparable diplomatic damage.
Donald Trump is nothing more than a reality TV star.