Everything You Need To Know About Donald Trump’s Service To Others
Back during the 2004 presidential campaign, I remember being struck by the language used by the Howard Dean presidential campaign: It wasn’t called America for Howard Dean. The campaign chose to call itself Dean for America instead, making the point that the campaign was about improving the condition of the country, not about Howard Dean obtaining power for himself.
12 years later, the big political sensation of the day is Donald Trump. He’s ahead of all the other Republican presidential candidates in the opinion polls, but it’s difficult to know what Donald Trump actually stands for.
Yes, Mr. Trump makes conspicuously obnoxious statements, calling Mexicans a bunch of rapists, and saying that any soldier who gets captured during a battle is by definition not a war hero. Those are just bouts of verbal venom, though. They’re not policy.
Where can a voter find out about Donald Trump’s policy ideas? Not on Trump’s web site. The site’s news section simply contains article after article bragging about how Trump is going to win the Republican presidential nomination. Here are all the headlines from the Trump for President campaign over the last week:
SHOCK POLL: DONALD TRUMP LEADS JEB BUSH 26-20%…IN FLORIDA
MONMOUTH POLL: TRUMP DOMINATES NEW HAMPSHIRE
DONALD TRUMP ON DEBATE PREPARATION: ‘I AM WHAT I AM’
MARK CUBAN SAYS DONALD TRUMP HAS ‘CHANGED THE GAME’ OF POLITICS
5 REASONS DONALD TRUMP’S RUN AT THE PRESIDENCY IS GOOD FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
DONALD TRUMP SURGING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, IOWA
DONALD TRUMP’S SUPPORT REMAINS HIGH FOLLOWING JOHN MCCAIN CONTROVERSY
There’s no policy in any of this, just Donald Trump talking about what a great guy he is.
There’s no page on Trump’s presidential campaign web site devoted to the issues at the center of his campaign, so a desperate voter, seeking to understand what policy issues Donald Trump has considered opinions about, might go to the “about” page.
The “about” page, however, is once again almost completely devoted to bragging. Donald Trump doesn’t once talk about any ideas he has about what he could do for the United States of America. Instead, he devotes the page to saying things like:
– “Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, sports and entertainment.”
– “In New York City, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses.”
– “Mr. Trump has over 7 million followers on social media.” (Actually, a huge portion of those supposed followers are fake.)
Only 14 percent of the text on the page has anything at all to do with anything that he has done for any other human being – and that’s to describe how people applauded him when he walked in a parade for veterans.
If Donald Trump’s campaign web site is any indication, if he won the Oval Office in 2016, he would do little else with the position but use it to talk about himself… and occasionally walk in a parade.
Actually, Donald Trump has made plenty of off-the-cuff remarks about ideas for policy. His positions just can’t be found in his promotional campaign materials. To see where Donald Trump stands on many issues, voters have to go to sites like On The Issues, PBS, and presidential-candidates.org.
We’ve gone from Dean for America to Trump for Trump.