How to Understand Donald Trump’s Political Style

I think most of Trump’s supporters understand him and his “art of the deal” political style. The media hasn’t a clue so they’re always missing the  point in most of what they report. His style is a mystery to them. He’s like no politician they’ve ever known because he’s not actually a politician. He’s a tycoon, a deal maker, a negotiator. They should read his book from 1987, The Art of the Deal. It would enlighten them.

Oh well, the rest of us can have fun watching their constant frustration and confusion trying to figure him out, trying to land on just the right strategy to destroy him. They don’t really want to understand what he’s doing. They just want to take him down. So far they’ve done more damage to themselves than to PDT.

Melissa Francis has read Trump’s book and she has him nailed down in her column in the Wall Street Journal from last Thursday, March 15th, titled The Art of the Steel Tariffs: Trump’s political style confuses friends and foes, but he told the world about it in 1987

Here is a little bit from her very insightful column:

Most likely this cacophony is exactly what Mr. Trump intended. A recurring trick of his presidency, and before it his campaign, has been to stir controversy with unexpected announcements. He always begins by taking a loud and outlandish position far outside the current discussion. That resets the negotiation. He shocks the parties at both ends of the table, then watches as the back-and-forth begins. It’s a wonder that so many are still fooled by the same old approach.

Look at Mr. Trump’s record. The pattern began near the start of his candidacy, when he first pledged to “build a great, great wall on our southern border”—and to make Mexico pay for it. The strategy was torn right out of “The Art of the Deal,” the 1987 book in which Mr. Trump advises: “If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”

Mr. Trump describes the next step of his recurring gambit in the same book: “I also protect myself by being flexible. I never get too attached to one deal or one approach.” Sure enough, by the beginning of this year, his border wall had developed into a more amorphous “border wall system.”

“We don’t need a 2,000-mile wall,” he said in January at a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers. “We don’t need a wall where you have rivers and mountains and everything else protecting it.” Shortly thereafter he asked Congress to fund the project, despite his earlier promise that Mexico would pay for it.

Reads the whole thing, you’ll love it unless you’re a NeverTrumper.

Trump probably won’t get everything he’d like, but he’ll get quite a bit of it. He knows “the art of the deal.” I’m so thankful we have Trump to read about instead of Felonia von pants suit and all her stumbles on stairs and stumblebum approach to everything else. This is fun. If crooked Hillary were president everyday would be blue Monday.

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