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cali

(114,904 posts)
Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:03 AM Aug 2016

Donald Trump Is a Terrible Politician Some journalists believe he's brilliant and cunning.

They are wrong.


Back when Donald Trump was winning primaries, Mark Halperin, the famously well-compensated political journalist at Bloomberg, went on TV and said Trump is a terrific politician.




“He is one of the two most talented presidential candidates any of us have covered,” Halperin opined. “He just is.”


Trump’s skill, he explained, exceeds Barack Obama’s because, unlike Trump, Obama “had David Axelrod and David Plouffe and a squadron of people around him who knew what they were doing.” Trump flies solo, ergo every supporter he counts, every stadium he packs, is somehow more rightfully his.

Halperin has also defended Trump from accusations of racism on the grounds that “Mexico isn’t a race,” and posed for this notorious picture, so unspoken affinities may be affecting his analysis. But to this day, as Trump is losing to Hillary Clinton in every poll, it is still commonly suggested that Trump has mysterious political powers. No matter what he says, his supporters love it! If he’s losing, it might be because he’s “deliberately trying to avoid winning.”

I would like to propose an alternate hypothesis: Donald Trump is bad at politics. He won the Republican primary because he is a bad politician, he is losing today because he is a bad politician, and part of what makes him a bad politician is only doing the kinds of things his supporters love, which can appear to be good politics to incurious journalists, but is actually not.


Case in point: On Wednesday night, Trump returned in characteristically Freudian fashion to Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News and announced he would forcibly remove not just immigrants, but citizens from the U.S. if they’re found to have extremist views. “Whether it’s racial profiling or politically correct, we better get smart,” he said.

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https://newrepublic.com/article/136153/donald-trump-terrible-politician
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Donald Trump Is a Terrible Politician Some journalists believe he's brilliant and cunning. (Original Post) cali Aug 2016 OP
Mark Helprin is a terrific journalist Chasstev365 Aug 2016 #1
He is also a charismatic television host. madaboutharry Aug 2016 #2
I love that vid. I could watch Helprin earnestly making a fool of himself, over and over cali Aug 2016 #4
That's because "some journalists" are those who don't yet understand the Trump's Razor theory. randome Aug 2016 #3
 

cali

(114,904 posts)
4. I love that vid. I could watch Helprin earnestly making a fool of himself, over and over
Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:51 AM
Aug 2016

and still end up:

 

randome

(34,845 posts)
3. That's because "some journalists" are those who don't yet understand the Trump's Razor theory.
Sat Aug 20, 2016, 07:31 AM
Aug 2016

Whatever is the most ludicrous, asinine theory about some aspect of the Donald Trump campaign is most likely true.

In this case, the shortcut this theory points to is that Trump is a mind-staggeringly bad politician.
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