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What to do with Trump?
By Luis F. Brizuela Cruz
When I wrote my first piece on Trump (“Why not Trump?”) about a month ago, the reactions were as mixed as the responses provoked by Trump’s official announcement to run and his initial controversial comments. A month later, that which was deemed as odd, inappropriate and even destructive has become not just accepted but even trendy. Just as my essay. I must make small claim that I said it first.
My original article was interpreted by the deep thinkers as a balanced and accurate evaluation of the peculiar character that had decided to participate in the contest for the highest office in the nation. There were others who, obfuscated by their passion and deeming themselves direct victims of Trump’s radical views on various issues like immigration, attacked me as if I was promoting the candidate. Ultimately, there were some, just as passionate on the other side of the political spectrum, or who simply identify with the real estate mogul’s boldness and simple minded aggressiveness, that called me out on my referring to Trump as a limited intellect with eccentric and narcissistic tendencies.
Regardless of the reactions to the Trump’s candidacy or to my humble essay, the fact of the matter is that Donald Trump is by all definition a force to be reckoned with. Some may be elated by his antics, others disheartened by his threats and others (including myself) simply utterly intrigued. His durability and prominence in the polls have already exceeded expectations and the question beginning to get formulated is: what to do with Trump?
Well, the first faction that must reconsider its views and strategies regarding the blonde-haired mogul is the Republican Party. The GOP’s elite, including those powerful affiliates behind the scenes, will most likely wait it out a bit longer, hoping for some kind of bump on the road or for some derogatory accusation which can derail the Trump Express. The problem here is that Trump’s demeanor and attack-proof methodology has already started to seat well with a growing public, who suddenly agrees that it is not really necessary to be politically correct to survive in politics (or in life) as the liberals have indoctrinated all of us to do. Once the estimated waiting period expires and should Trump remain in contention, the right side of the political spectrum will have to reconvene and decipher the next strategy to prevent Trump from reaching the nomination of their party. How far and how drastic the brains of the GOP would be willing to go remains to be seen.
The left, meanwhile, has the relative luxury of waiting to see how things unfold within the republican flank. While they wrestle with their own choices of candidates, amid She-Clinton’s multiple transgressions, the democrats will have to, at some point, ask themselves a similar question: how can we prevent this intruder (Trump) from being the opposition when it gets down to the Finals?
Other groups with interests on the fate of the “Most Improbable Candidate” are Latinos, interestingly enough on both sides of the issues. Trump has received very harsh criticism and thus far (only) verbal attacks from the advocates of illegal immigration, but he has also obtained some support from Hispanics who strongly believe in the legal process of entering the United States. Unions and other interest groups have so far rendered very little opinion on the controversial candidate, almost as if they felt that some of the aforementioned elements involved will take care of the “situation” before they need to get more directly “involved”.
The months ahead promise to be quite interesting not only for the crusader candidate, but for the many complex pieces of the establishment and for the nation itself. Undoubtedly, a new vision has emerged addressing issues that had become off-limits for a long time and proposing solutions which may have been in the back of the minds of many (groups and individuals) but had ended up continuously dismissed or deemed too atrocious, until now.
I cannot think of any candidate in recent history who may have dared to cross so many political and societal parameters as Donald Trump is consistently doing these days. Every day he exposes himself to greater risks, as the general question of many remains: “What to do with Trump”?
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