Trump is best described as a bully. He's not prepared to be President; he has no clear policies and I don't believe he can carry out the promises he's made. In addition, he's advocating riots.
People find him attractive because he's not spouting the same old rhetoric. It's all too reminiscent of past campaigns of "hope and change".
Thanks for the invite. For the life of me, I can't see the appeal of Trump and I'll tell you why. Here is a guy who has been a liberal nearly all of his life. He was for the bank bail outs, he was for all of TARP, he was for "cash for clunkers", he took $150,000 from the government after 9/11 that was supposed to be for small business rebuilds.
Cap that with the mans inability to answer questions. In true political form, just like Hillary and company (but Trump is better), he can talk his way all around a question without even touching it, and he gets away with it. "It's gonna be great. We're gonna be great. The President brought in all of the wrong people. I'll bring in the right people. You're going to get tired of it being great. You'll see, its going to be great!" (That is how he answered a question about foreign policy..... Are you frigging kidding me?
Can't be bought ?
He has already sold out to anyone that will show his photo !
He is simply obsessed with media attention.
Nothing he says is believable~ how does that make him different from any other politician ? Oh, I know, all that free air time he gets.
Actually the only one running who can't be bought is Sanders~Life, why aren't you supporting him ? Does it have to do with the fact that the mainstream media shows so much of Trump and little of Sanders ?
ABC’s “World News Tonight” has devoted 81 minutes of air time to the campaign of Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump this year, compared to 20 seconds on Sanders through the end of November.
The man inherited half a billion dollars, yet declared bankruptcy 4 times !
When I was in Thailand, they elected a prime minister ( similar to our president) who was the richest man in the country because people believed he couldn't be corrupted.
He succeeded in increasing his family fortunes but did nothing to help the country and landed up losing power in a coup d etat and rather than facing arrest fled the country as a fugitive.
People thinking Trump can't be bought makes me think of what happened in Thailand.
Why I Like Trump:
1) He's slightly less scary than Cruz - which is ironic since the plan from the start was to offer Rafael as a more palatable version of Donald. Now Cruz is being branded as Trump-lite by the 'GOP establishment' (i.e. the 150 families that own over 50% of America).
2) He at least gives lip service to being a populist - keep American jobs in America, no overseas tax dodges, etc. The rest of the GOP field and their supporters (Romney) don't even try to cover up the fact that they're shills for corporate interests.
Neither of these is a good reason to vote for him. You can get any of the good things he promotes without the sociopathic, hate-mongering, bombast by voting for Bernie.
I am not a Trump fan. But guess what, my husband IS. :-( We don't discuss it much because I get a little flabbergasted. And double guess what? My very reasonable, moderate about social issues but fiscally conservative like me sister is also a Trump fan!! She told me I was getting a little too excited during a recent conversation so we decided we wouldn't talk too much about it anymore. :>) Now we send an occasional text that is all joking about where I stand and where she stands.
People do like him. I have NO explanation for it other than they are sick of what is currently the political norm in Washington--- and think he is going to shake things up. They trust him (which I do not).
I think he is a bit like a joke myself---- and could see him in office for six months, getting mad and quitting. He is so offensive with his abrasive way of handling things-- and I don't agree with that. I think you can disagree, have discussions, etc. without being rude and insulting. I do believe in being a little PC but I call it being polite and respectful.
So, I really am mortified that we have Trump and Bernie (who is the scariest of all the candidates including Trump to me) to choose from.
Oh, and I dislike Ted Cruz very much as well. And I don't like Hilary either.
There's NO ONE. VERY DEPRESSING!
The best way to predict support for Trump
By Jonathan Weiler
Updated 8:38 AM ET, Wed March 23, 2016
(CNN)Donald Trump's victory in the winner-takes-all Arizona primary Tuesday night makes it even more likely that he will be the eventual Republican nominee for president of the United States. It's a political ascent that continues to shock and unnerve the political establishment.
Yet for many, his base of support remains a mystery. Trump, after all, is not your typical contemporary Republican conservative. He opposes trade deals that he says have hurt working Americans. He lambasts President George W. Bush for his feckless and disastrous invasion of Iraq. Targeting an even more sacred cow, he points out that it was on Bush's watch that thousands of Americans were murdered on 9/11. And bizarrely for a GOP aspirant to the highest office, Trump has praised Planned Parenthood -- an organization anathema to most conservatives -- for having provided health services to millions of women (though he does believe it should be denied federal funding because it houses abortion services).
Trump's idiosyncrasies have prompted many conservatives to insist he's not one of them. And yet, he has won a clear majority of the Republican primary contests, many in overwhelming fashion, in virtually every geographical region of the country. Why? There are numerous reasons to be sure. But one central source of strength for Trump is authoritarian-minded voters.
The pattern has become clear in several recent surveys, including a national survey and a separate survey of South Carolina Republicans, conducted by Matthew MacWilliams, and a national poll by Morning Consult in conjunction with VOX.
According to these polls, the single best predictor of support for Trump lay in how respondents answered four questions about parenting. Specifically, individuals who believed that raising kids to be well-behaved, obedient, respectful of elders and well-mannered were likely Trump voters. And those who prioritized the importance of independence, curiosity, thinking for oneself and considerateness were not.
What does raising children have to do with Trump? It turns out that these parenting questions aren't really about how individuals might raise their own children. Instead, they reflect individuals' preferred views of social order and of who's in charge. In other words, they prefer authoritarianism, a way of seeing the world that prioritizes traditionally defined notions of order. They tend to be very suspicious of so-called outsiders and prioritize simple, clear solutions to complex problems. In particular, authoritarian-minded individuals prefer force and clarity over nuance and what they perceive to be counterproductive hand-wringing.
How did we get here? As Marc Hetherington and I explained in our 2009 book, "Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics," one of the key dynamics underlying the growing political chasm in the United States over the past generation has been the sorting of people with very different worldviews into the two major political camps in America.
Whereas a generation ago the two major political parties were roughly equally likely to attract authoritarian-minded voters, that is no longer the case. Authoritarian-minded voters have, by and large, gravitated toward the Republican Party in recent years. Conversely, less authoritarian-inclined voters have left the GOP for the Democratic Party. Those trends have only intensified since then, particularly in the age of Barack Obama.
This development is the product in significant part because of a decades-long shift in party appeals. Beginning in the late 1960s, Republican elites, in an effort to break up the dominant New Deal coalition that had favored Democrats for a generation, began to craft appeals to swathes of white voters anchored in tough-on-crime, law-and-order messages and opposition to welfare. Over time, Republican elites also emphasized traditional family values, accompanied by a shift from support to opposition over the Equal Rights Amendment and eventually to resistance to gay rights and, throughout the past generation, a "tough" approach to dealing with foreign policy challenges.
All of these appeals, wittingly or not, began to attract certain kinds of voters to the Republican Party -- those with an authoritarian worldview. By contrast, as Democrats increasingly emphasized the importance of diversity and inclusion, their appeals became more attractive to less authoritarian-minded voters. These ever more divergent appeals, coupled with profound changes in America's demographic landscape, has seeded a bitterly acrimonious political divide characterized by fundamental and irreconcilable differences in worldview between the average Republican and the average Democrat.
This terrain has proved fertile ground for the growth of Trumpism, although it is important to note that not all Republicans share the worldview described here. And there are still plenty of Democrats who do (likely including many of the individuals who have crossed over to vote for Trump in the primaries so far).
In this telling, Trump is, in important respects, not a traditional conservative, at least as normally understood in American political parlance. And while his base of support does derive from the kinds of voters who have increasingly found a home in the Republican Party in recent years, it's clear that Trump's base does not overlap completely with the GOP.
Ultimately, there are plenty of disaffected voters out there -- outside the traditional confines of the two-party system -- who find Trump's "us vs. them" approach, his simple, clear language and his unapologetic attacks on so-called outsiders to be music to their ears.
A neighbor of mine, a nice guy likes Trump simply because he isn't a politician. That's it. He says he'd vote for anyone walking down the street over the politicians.
Now, is there anything to the story of Ryan running ?
It's almost as if most Trump supporters forgot how government works.
Ryan says he's not running, just like he said he wasn't going to be the Speaker of the House... I'm assuming he wants to be "persuaded" that he's the only one who can pull the party together... If he does as well as he's done as Speaker, nothing will change.