The New York Post reported recently that Donald Trump has spent $1 million to research his political standing in certain states. He told the Oakland County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner in Michigan last week that it was “highly unlikely” he would seek the White House in 2016.
“I’d be very happy if the President did a great job,” Trump said. “Before I am a Republican, I am an American. I want this country to be great again. It’s not going to be great again.”
Following Trump’s CPAC speech earlier this year, many were calling "The Donald" an embarrassment to the party, senile, and even a Democratic mole. Trump is many things: a shrewd businessman, a tireless self-promoter, and an American Icon. He is neither an embarrassment nor a mole; he is a man that has a platform to voice his opinions and boldly uses it, unbeholden to anyone but himself.
This is a man that took his father’s construction business and turned it into an empire. He has brought businesses back from bankruptcy stronger than before. He has constantly pushed the motto “dream big and go for it,” becoming a living embodiment of that ideal. Whenever foreign dignitaries and businessman come to visit the US, he is one of the top figures they request to meet. Throughout the world he is respected and seen as a shining example of the American Dream.
Like everyone in this world, Trump has opinions. However, due to his success, he has a worldwide platform to espouse his views. Trump is unique because he uses his soapbox to tell it like he sees it. Most celebrities with the kind of media reach Trump has will moderate their thoughts, saying what they think the audience wants to hear. When they roll out new ideas, the statements have usually been focus group tested to ensure they receive the pre-selected crowd’s best response.
Trump refreshingly eschews this model. So often we complain that political and entertainment figures are too scripted and relish (or attack) when one goes off the reservation and tells the world how they really feel. Trump is unscripted each and every day. Sometime he may say something you agree with, sometimes not; he is human after all.
Trump was embraced by many Republicans for calling out President Obama on his birth certificate. Whether you are a birther or not, you have to admit that only "The Donald" was able to get a response from the president. His voice helped put the issue to bed, and folks on both sides of the aisle should be thankful for that.