WASHINGTON, June 17, 2015 – Donald Trump is not going to be President. Not because he isn’t qualified, but because the GOP field is just too deep and talented for him to have a real shot, at least right now.
Trump is no fool. He knows as well as anyone that his recently announced Presidential bid is unlikely to succeed. Social media has been abuzz with political “experts” chiming in about Trump’s lack of substance and brash etiquette. As usual, they are missing the point completely.
Unlike any other candidate in the race, Donald Trump is a brand. The $9 billion net worth he has created over the last few years, aided by a family history that embodies the American dream, will benefit tremendously from the exposure he is about to receive. His no nonsense approach will get him the poll numbers needed to earn a spot on the debate stage and who knows, he might be on someone’s short list as a Vice-President. From a business sense, it is a smart move. That is something the world has come to expect from Trump.
What the media will surely fail to understand is that even though “The Donald” is likely a fringe candidate in an impressive GOP field, he is a remarkably more viable candidate than Hillary’s strongest Democratic challenger.
Bernie Sanders, the self-avowed socialist senator from Vermont, has seen a bump in his poll numbers over the past month due to Hillary Clinton’s underwhelming campaign roll out. Liberal news outlets and fans of far left politics everywhere have been spreading the myth that Sanders is a legitimate candidate with common sense ideas, but anyone who has followed his political career with any veracity knows this insinuation couldn’t be further from the truth.
Donald Trump’s biggest weakness is that he is a political outsider with no legislative experience. Political battle scars are an extremely overstated qualification. There have been plenty of unsuccessful presidents with long track records in politics who have failed miserably in office.
Not only that, although Bernie Sanders has been on the Washington scene for over 20 years, he has almost no significant legislative accomplishments tied to his name. Almost none of the bills he has sponsored in Washington have become law and on top of that, the vast majority of legislation he has brought to floor have been purely partisan plays to appease his far left constituents in Vermont.
As far as legislative accomplishments go, Trump’s score of zero isn’t that far behind Bernie.
One of the most important aspects of presidential leadership is a fundamental understanding of the American economy. That is an area where Trump’s IQ scores off the charts by almost any standard. Bernie Sanders? Not so much.
Although he is running for the Democratic nomination, Sanders makes absolutely no attempt to hide the fact that he is not a Democrat but rather a socialist. He even goes so far as to make light of that fact by claiming that his socialism has nothing to do with the authoritarian communism that is responsible for the deaths of millions of people throughout history. Sanders is correct that his policies are to the right of communist Russia, but his implication that his ideas are not similar is false.
Bernie, in his own words, wants to shift the American government to the Scandinavian model. This statement should be enough to take Bernie out of the economic discussion entirely. The population of Sweden is roughly 9 million people. That’s 340 million less than the United States. That’s not apples and oranges, that’s comparing a football stadium filled with apples to an eggplant.
Countries like Sweden and Norway provide a lot of “free” benefits to their citizens which of course aren’t free at all. They are paid for by outrageous tax rates. That’s why Sanders supports a staggering 90% tax rate on the rich.
While Trump might be a stranger to politics, some comments from Sanders have suggested that the Vermont senator is a stranger to the human condition in general. In 1972, Bernie wrote in an essay that typical women fantasize about being raped by 3 men. The Huffington Post described this odd excerpt as “briefly dabbling in erotic fiction”, which is hardly a fair characterization and there is no doubt that a Republican candidate that penned a misogynistic rape fantasy essay in college would be automatically disqualified from political consideration.
On the creep front, Bernie finally edges Donald.
Like Trump, there is no question Bernie Sanders is going to get votes. He’s going to get votes, he is going to fill rooms, and he is going to excite the liberal base. That’s not because they have a shot at becoming President, it’s because they excite the fringe of their respective bases and often speak in platitudes devoid of substance. According to polls, most Democrats inexplicably have no problem with socialism so it’s almost a non-issue in the primary. It will be an insurmountable issue in a general election.
In the context of being compared to Sanders, Trump looks more like Lincoln than he does a long shot.