Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announcement speech is one of the most absurdly entertaining videos on the web right now (video below).
He riffs for nearly an hour straight on the topics important to him — rejuvenating the American economy by bringing jobs back home, taking a hard-line stance on Islamic State group and Mexico, and getting tough on negotiations with Iran and China. He also takes potshots at targets like Obamacare and the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal.
One of the most amusing aspects of the speech is Trump’s detailed plan to bring Ford’s $2.5 billion manufacturing plants back to the U.S. He describes a hypothetical phone call with the president of Ford — whom he already knows — in which he forces the company to bring the plant back home after imposing a 35 percent tax on every vehicle and automotive part that comes across the border.
Throughout the rest of the speech, Trump sprinkles other humorous, seemingly off-the-cuff remarks in the middle of his planned rhetoric about Making America Great Again.
Trump’s entire presence in the presidential race is controversial. To some, he’s viewed as an unrealistic candidate. He’s known as an egotistical real estate mogul and reality TV star, not a serious politician.
He has been using his business savvy as an example of how he’d get the country back on the right financial track, yet he has essentially no political experience. His enthusiasm for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and strengthening the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State group are too far to the right even for some members of the Republican party.
If there’s one thing voters should respect Trump for, it’s his honesty. As even the most ridiculous aspects of his announcement speech demonstrate, he’s one of the few candidates that’s not afraid to say what’s truly on his mind.
Take his Twitter feed as an example. Recent tweets include direct shots at Florida Gov. Rick Scott and musician Neil Young, who recently took away Trump’s rights to use “Rockin’ In The Free World” on the campaign trail. Unlike the PR-filtered feeds of other politicians, Trump uses Twitter to express what's on his mind.
With such a crowded GOP field, Trump will be a fascinating addition to the primary debates. He's already rich and successful, not concerned with special interests or other tactics of the political game.
He’s a Washington outsider that's not afraid to challenge the establishment. “Bush is totally in favor of Common Core,” Trump said during his speech. “I don’t see how he can possibly get the nomination. He’s weak on immigration. He’s in favor of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can’t do it.”
In a sense, Trump’s theatrical acts, like publicly insulting other candidates and disclosing his net worth, are not far from the persona he cultivated on his TV show, "The Apprentice." He’s almost treating the 2016 presidential like another reality TV show, which sadly, isn’t far from the truth.
Perhaps by sheer charisma alone, Trump has gained serious interest among voters. According to a recent Fox News poll, Trump trails only former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the preferred candidate among GOP voters. Bush has 15 percent of the vote, Trump has 11 percent.
If these numbers continue, Trump will find himself alongside Bush and the other more “serious” presidential contenders in the debate stage. Some may claim his outspokenness and dramatic tendencies will detract from meaningful debate among the other candidates.
In the best case, Trump’s presence will challenge other candidates to speak with as much honesty as he does. At the very least, it will be entertaining.
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