Anyone that has been in the real estate business for a period of time quickly realizes that it is a very competitive type of business. At Donald Trump’s level, multi-million dollar deals are commonplace which would likely make loyalty a nearly absolute necessity. If you have watched at least a few of Donald Trump’s speeches, it would not take a rocket scientist to see that he seems to be the type of person that values loyalty, both in his employees as well as in his personal friendships. He has actually eluded to this a number of times while on the campaign trail, particularly when situations arose in the early months of his candidacy. Many people probably remember him talking about his phone call with the President of Macy’s, etc.
There is nothing wrong with calling out a candidate when they are obviously being dishonest, mean-spirited, insulting, phony or clearly show that they have no idea what they are even talking about. But, none of those things were the case when Trump made a recent statement to his supporters that has now been blown-up in the press as if it were the shot heard around the world. In fact, they have just proved his point when he has often charged that many reporters are dishonest and/or not nice people. Headlines are usually required to be brief and concise, often even limited to a maximum number of characters. To use a direct quote as a sole headline when it was clearly said in a joking and obviously exaggerated manner, especially when knowing that the context would not also be included in the title is just plain despicable, dishonest and low. Basically, it looks like Donald Trump is right again!
The now infamous statement by Donald Trump should have been more accurately reported as Mr. Trump appearing to be happy and genuinely proud of the remarkable level of loyalty of his supporters. It was delivered in the context of talking about new polls measuring the willingness of likely caucus goers to switch to another candidate. In other words, he was referring to results of a voter loyalty poll. Any candidate would be very happy to read extremely high marks on this type of poll and very proud of their supporters’ confidence and connection with them. He said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Obviously, this was not a serious statement. Do we really want candidates to never joke around with their supporters? Aren’t people getting sick and tired of listening to candidates that sound like they are robots that must have been trained from the cradle to become the latest slick-talking, phony politician? Judging by Donald Trump’s polling numbers, one would have to conclude that millions of voters apparently are sick and tired of the same old canned rhetoric from career politicians.
The press needs to get back to reporting the news and honestly vetting each candidate instead of trying to create the news with dishonest, grossly biased and unfair tactics. In other words, try getting back to doing your jobs!