The Trump No One Knows
06 March 2016 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
Trump's pronouncements on sundry policy issues are not to be believed and should not be. To this point and perhaps a bit beyond, his statements have have been made to evoke responses from us so he can better read his audiences. He wants to see who reacts how. The readings are various from "Right On" to "Trump is Hitler." All tip their hand. All to inform Trump how to play us collectively. We stand revealed before him, most all of us. Trump has been after the lay of the land.
We have reacted pretty much predictably. Liberal indignation. Conservative reactionariness. Befuddlement from competitors for the nomination. The surprise, I am sure, even to Trump, is the huge roar of approval from middle America over his worst and most vile comments and over his hostility toward the political establishment. America is mad and wants the establishment out and Trump in. That is why there is so much "Stop Trump" talk among GOP officials.
Trump has yet to explain himself or take sensible positions which are realistic. He has not entirely finished playing with and reading us. Almost, but not quite. The transition will occur slowly and as the political process gets down to the short strokes. We will then get tailored responses to his readings and he will become a more generally accepted and viable candidate.
Trump has been badly misjudged.