Donald Trump’s performance at the Republican Presidential debates has revealed a man who is “not easily broken.”As the onslaught of searing questions, venomous accusations, and brutal attacks were leveled at him, Trump soldiered on like a storm trooper, unwaveringly picking and choosing appropriate moments (from his perspective), to reciprocate in like manner. How true are the words that Taylor Swift sings, “the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
Some believe that a man who can stand his ground and give as much aggro as he receives should be regarded as an ideal candidate for the position he is fighting for in the political arena. After all, it was Alexander the Great who said, “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” Trump appears to be of the latter type. He certainly has attracted a following that has catapulted him to the forefront of the fight for Nominee. Additionally, Rubio and Cruz, despite their active opposition to Trump, have offered their support if he wins the Nominee.
There is no doubt that Trump has what Mahatma Gandhi describes as the “indomitable will” to take on his opponents and mark his territory, but how does he fare when it comes to politics? Do his policies and political goals attract as much attention as his charisma? It is said that charisma can go a long way to aiding a candidate in his political aspirations. We need only to remember the likes of President Clinton and President Obama and their candidacy.
Phrases such as, “Don’t worry about it,”‘I have not started on Hillary yet,” and “I think being off the record is an important thing” are reminiscent of the types of responses that Trump has meted out to his attackers, he has not said much on his visions and policies for the future. However, like McGovern back in 1964, he is “crushing the establishment.” He “talks the talk” and ‘walks the walk’. He goes “where angels fear to tread” in his speeches. This “talking big,” according to psychologists is a very attractive characteristic for a political candidate, like Trump to possess. On top of that, he gestures, and he makes very pronounced facial expressions when addressing his audience which forcefully affects his listeners resulting in an increase rather than a decrease in his popularity. In the words of Max Ehrenfreund, “energy is contagious.”
Many of America’s Presidents did not start out in politics, and Trump is no exception. For example, President Carter was a farmer, and President Reagan was an actor. It seems that even regarding this matter, Trump holds the four aces. Scholars specializing in American History have proved that success in business does not equate to success as the President of America and on the flip side, business failure does not equate to failure as President of America. So, whatever Trump’s failings have been in business, it will have and so far has not had any negative bearing on his political aspirations, or his fight for the nomination.
Perhaps the key, the essence of Trump’s powers of persuasion, lie in the fact that he is even bothering to pursue something bigger than himself and doing it with total abandonment; with total disregard for the opinion of those around him. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “There is no passion to be found in playing small and settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“Is Trump so far ahead that the establishment can’t beat him?” According to the Quinnipiac University poll, if the election were held today, Trump would lose to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden (who isn’t even running). It appears there are limits to his power, his magnetism, and his charisma, even so, perhaps Trump will end up following the process that Mahatma Gandhi iterates, “First, they ignore you. Then, they laugh at you. Then, they fight you. Then, you win!”
By Mrs. E Erastus Obilo
Edited by Cathy Milne
USNews & World Report: Trump Put Through the Wringer in GOP Debate
The Washington Post: I asked psychologists to analyze Trump supporters. This is what I learned.
The Hill: History shows businessmen make bad presidents
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