Whether they like him or not, most people listen to Donald Trump. Many do so because they like the idea of a successful businessperson telling it like it is without worrying about whether his comments are politically correct or not. Some because they are laughing gleefully at the potential train wreck that the Republican nomination is quickly becoming. Others listen to see how the rest of the presidential field – both Republican and Democrat – adapt to the changing political landscape.
Trump has shown that words have weight. That people do listen to candidates and that regurgitating the same mindless pap year in and year out is not enough in presidential politics anymore. Take, for example, his speech on December 7th in Charleston, South Carolina, where he called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
On the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, standing on the deck of the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point Museum, Trump called for the banning of a religious group from entering this country. He was talking about the statement his office released earlier during the day.
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
The legality and constitutionality of the call is open for debate, of course, but every Republican candidate has been forced to clarify their position on Muslim immigration into the United States. The same thing happened with the call for a wall on the Mexican-American border that Trump used to broadcast his entry into the race.
It has had the effect of putting the candidates in a position where they have to take a stand. Where they have to be clear on what their policies and goals are. This is not a bad thing, in and of itself. It is a pleasant change to actually hear solutions to some of these problems, not just more of the same “we are looking into it” statements.
It also has clearly shown the difference between Trump and the other candidates. It is difficult to prove that Trump isn’t a conservative when he stakes out positions far to the right of other candidates. Whether he is using his position as an opening gambit that can be compromised later (like this was a business deal), or as the position he actually believes isn’t all that clear- yet.
That lack of clarity is the problem, though. If Trump were to win the nomination, if he were to win the presidency, he would be in a position where the people who voted for him would force him to follow through with his statements. Bombastic and unrealistic statements are part of his appeal, but putting these policies in place would alienate huge parts of our population, our friends and allies overseas and cause massive problems in the future.
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