You’re apparently convinced that Trump is some kind of trickster, who’s fooled a strong plurality of conservatives into believing he’s something that he’s not. Given the scattershot nature of some of his past opinions, I can understand your skepticism.
I wish I could find the first comment I made after I discovered Trump was running. It was the very voice of a skeptic. I remember Trump toying with running before, and thought for sure he was doing the same thing again.
I had so little regard for him as a potential candidate, I didn’t even bother to track down his past opinions and stances on the issues. Seemed like a huge waste of time, considering he was just yanking our chains anyway.
And then I started listening to what he was saying. Over the course of a week or two, I realized he was the only person standing for the office who was clearly speaking the language I’ve been dying to hear from an American leader since Reagan’s days.
My skepticism weakened as I delved more and more into who this man is, and what he’s actually about. I think by week three, I’d come to realize that there was something utterly unique about the man, his prescription for fixing the country, his unassailable positioning in the party, and his dauntless spirit.
When it became clear to me that he’s the only person in the race that can’t be bought or owned by special interests, or the establishment machine, I knew I had to park what skepticism I had left, and really think this thing through.
In the time since then, I’ve watched the man carefully, and have made mental notes as to what he’s proposing, as well as how he’s dealing with all of the opposition against him. I’ve got to say, I’m mighty impressed. I honestly haven’t seen a campaign like his in all my life. It’s damn refreshing to see him say the very same things that have been repeated ad nauseum on this site for years. He’s speaking to Americans like no politician on either side has for decades, now.
And you know what? I believe him when he says he wants to make this country great again. Apparently, so do a lot of other Americans. So many, in fact, that he’s maintained a commanding lead in the polls throughout his time in the race. If he doesn’t commit some unforgivable error in the next six months, he’s going to be the Republican nominee.