ROBB AUSTIN'S TURN
Look Again, Voters Respond to Trump Values
January 17, 2016
Things are shaping up nicely for Donald Trump.
The "establishment" is starting to acknowledge that he looks to be the ultimate Republican nominee. Others, such as Ohio Governor John Kasich, see the handwriting on the wall and are talking about pulling out of the race after the New Hampshire primary.
Trump offers what voters are looking for - an enthusiastic, competent strong leader, with principles and values.
It's this last quality that Trump opposition people are missing. Yes, Trump has values, strong values, and the more voters see him the more it comes into focus.
First, Trump's family is impeccably well mannered. They work hard at the company business; have nice families themselves; don't seem to drink or smoke; and there's not a hint of rich, spoiled inappropriate behavior or lifestyle. This is the result of good parenting.
Here's how Trump's daughter Ivanka explains it:
"When I was a young girl, my father Donald Trump, always told me that I could do anything I set my mind to if I coupled vision with determination and hard work. He meant it."
"I consider myself fortunate to have learned from the best, both as an entrepreneur and most importantly a parent."
"My father is a man who is deeply grounded in tradition. He raised my siblings and me to work hard and strive for excellence in all that we do. He taught us to inspire and gain respect in life and in business, you have to earn it."
Second, Trump is in a tough street-smart business - building and construction. The construction business has a reputation of back-room deals among bankers, unions, and politicians. Again, there's not a hint of any kind of impropriety on the part of the Trump organization or any of its employees. He has built a successful and principled business worth billions of dollars - no easy task.
Third, Trump believes in what he says. He doesn't waiver, apologize, or back pedal. He talks straight and has the Ronald Reagan quality of saying what he believes. In short, he knows who he is. And like Reagan, while he wants you to embrace his philosophy, he leaves it up to voters and others to decide, and doesn't change his philosophy if they disagree.
Finally, like Reagan, Trump doesn't get upset with those who call him names and he's been called a bunch. He also doesn't tout his celebrity status as a television star. He acknowledges it and enjoys talking about it, but he sticks to the issues and focuses on what he thinks will make American great again. It's the media and establishment politicians who constantly talk about Trump's celebrity status, as they did with Reagan. All that chatter has helped him politically, as it did Reagan.
I acknowledge that in politics it's not over until its over. But guided by his principles, Trump is offering a first-class, principled campaign on issues important to him, and the public has responded.
This is what the establishment and the elite media doesn't understand, nor will they as long as their own cynicism gets in the way.