Will the Donald make it all the way to the White House?
What most sane people dismissed as impossible one year ago has happened: The Republican Party has officially announced that Donald Trump is their presidential nominee for the 2016 United States presidential election.
The big question now is, can he make it all the way to the White House? The Democratic Party hasn’t officially announced their candidate yet - their convention isn’t until next week - but for all practical purposes, we can assume that Mr. Trump will run against Hillary Clinton. Based solely on her practical experience with politics, Clinton is the one you should vote for: Her husband served two terms as President, and we can only assume she picked up a few tricks during that time. She herself was a United States Senator from New York for 8 years, before serving as Secretary of State during Barack Obama’s first term as president.
But all of Hillary Clinton’s political experience might lead to her downfall, and Trump’s ultimate rise to presidency. Many of the voters who are now crawling out from under their rocks to campaigning for Trump is doing that simply because he is everything that Clinton is not. Trump has no political experience, and for many voters that means that he is on their, the voter’s, side. Clinton, on the other hand, is already part of the political machine, her pockets being filled with money from lobbyists and other countries so she’ll make sure the US does their bidding.
Donald Trump, however, has an impressive personal fortune, and for many republicans, he is a self made man, a manifestation of The American Dream. Early in his campaign to become the Republican presidential nominee, he announced that he would personally finance the entire campaign.
"I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists; I’m not using donors. I’m really rich!" - Donald J. Trump
But the money Trump took out from his own pockets was loaned to the campaign, and not contributed. This means that he has the option to pay himself back later, and where that money comes from remains to be seen.
Another problem Hillary Clinton is facing in her race against Donald Trump is her careless ways with e-mails. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton used her private e-mail server for official communications, which included confidential e-mails. For many voters, this is a trust issue, and Clinton’s explanation on why she used her private e-mail server doesn’t help much:
"Previous secretaries of state have said they did the same thing." - Hillary Clinton
The GOP is using Hillary’s e-mail controversy for all it’s worth, and has even given her a dedicated page on their website.
If Clinton continues to mess up her own campaign with dirt from the past that the Republicans manages to dig up - and they will dig all the way to China if they have to - there’s a good chance we’ll see Donald J. Trump, President-elect, come November.
2016-07-20 14:12 CET