If you’ve listened to any mainstream news channel or have logged onto the Internet in the past few days, then you’ve likely heard the latest media blowup involving Donald Trump and the “heart-stopping” words he spoke 11 years ago.
On Friday, a recording of Trump from an interview with Billy Bush in 2005 was conveniently leaked only days before the second presidential debate, which showed him using lewd language and speaking freely about persuading attractive women.
All of the media pundits and politicians from both parties were on deck immediately afterwards to either shield themselves from perceived negative blowback, or to jump on the bandwagon of admonishing Donald Trump for daring to talk like a common guy bantering with his drinking buddies on a Friday night.
The more extreme left-wing personalities demanded that Donald Trump drop out of the presidential race, while the cowardly Republicans issued statements criticizing him for his bad behavior. Although I suspect the criticism wasn’t because they were actually offended, but rather out of a desire to follow the media narrative and protect their own coveted political positions.
Despite being assaulted from all angles, Trump has remained steadfast and announced there was “zero chance” of him withdrawing from the race.
So how will this “locker room talk” impact Donald Trump’s chances of being elected president? If Trump and his campaign play their cards right, it could end up having little negative impact or actually increasing his appeal among a certain group of voters. If this were any other election year, with any other candidate besides Trump, I would say their campaign is finished, but remember that Trump is not a career politician. He’s a businessman who has never held public office and who has never been exposed to this level of political scrutiny.
Recall earlier this year that Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff were attempting to portray her as more “human” and approachable, as the public widely viewed her as a stiff, rigid politician who is disconnected from the average American. This begs the question, if you have to create a coordinated marketing campaign to make someone appear more “human” and likable, should that person really be responsible for an entire nation?
Donald Trump’s faults are also one of his biggest strengths. His ability to show the public that he is just like the average American who has made mistakes and said things they wish they hadn’t. He admits he’s not a practiced politician and readily makes blunt statements about the problems facing our nation. Statements, that many blue-collar and middle-class voters have been thinking to themselves for many years, but never had a public figure to give them such a load voice.
Most of the pundits and politicians really aren’t “offended” by Trump’s words, since the vast majority of them have said far worse things in private, and the people that are legitimately shocked must have lived their entire lives in a liberal bubble or safe space.
If you’re going to lose sleep over a few crude statements about women from Donald Trump, then you’re probably leading a very sheltered life and should try mingling with average, hard working Americans in a recreational setting.
Donald Trump can actually benefit from this released recording by showing American’s that he is human just like the rest of us, talks just like many men do in private with their friends and he has the ability to stand strong in the face of intense criticism. Although elite media pundits and politicians can’t seem to relate to Trump, there are millions of factory workers, farmers and manual laborers all over the country who absolutely understand what he stands for.
Election experts often refer to the “who would voters rather have a beer with” test, implying that if a voter could see themselves having a relaxed conversation with a candidate then they are more likely to vote for that person. I can’t possibly imagine any average working class American thinking they would have a good time with Hillary Clinton, however, Donald Trump would be a blast to have a beer with.
The real test as to whether Trump can turn this situation to his advantage will come up at tonight’s debate, when it’s guaranteed that both Hillary and the moderators will drill him endlessly on his “locker room talk”. Rather than wait for this to happen, Trump should use his opening argument time to make a statement similar to the following:
What I said over 11 years ago was released with perfect political timing to disrupt the debate tonight on important policy issues that affect all Americans. I do not want to see that happen, so instead I’m going to address this distraction so that we can get back to the issues that are facing this nation.
I speak blue collar language and I tell blue collar jokes. I hire good people fast and fire bad people faster. I tear down the old and the obsolete, and rebuild with the new and the modern. My success creates jobs and I do it faster, cheaper and better. I cuss, I swear and I sweat just like anyone else. Do you want to help re-build America better than ever before? Then I am your guy.
Stay with me and let’s get to work after November 8th to Make America Great Again!
If Trump can diffuse the situation at the debate before Clinton or the moderators are given a chance to sideline real policy issues, then he has a chance to actually benefit from this entire media circus.
You’ll hear much worse that what Donald Trump said in any HBO series, rap song or romance novel, but this media assault isn’t about being offended. It’s about preserving the political power structure and status quo by electing a career politician who will gladly keep the corporate money train rolling at the expense of the tax payers…and that politician is Hillary Clinton.