With the entrance of Donald Trump into the 2016 Republican Presidential race, it is worth noting, as Larry Sabato does, “[t]he key thing to note about Trump is that he is deeply unpopular both nationally and with Republicans.” Trump’s polling numbers show a wide gap in favorability/unfavorability, worse than even Governor Christie.
“[I]t should not shock anyone if Trump’s dalliance with the 2016 campaign turns out to be brief. The billionaire could be long gone from the race by the time the first votes are cast in Iowa and New Hampshire, if his efforts are not bearing fruit and he wants to preserve The Apprentice. Trump has a well-earned reputation as a national novelty act that he will have to overcome if he wants to be taken seriously by both the press and the voters.”
Meanwhile, his announcement speech was a thing of beauty, depending on your sense of humor.
So I’ve watched the politicians. I’ve dealt with them all my life. If you can’t make a good deal with a politician, then there’s something wrong with you. There’s something certainly not very good and that’s what we have representing us.
They will never make America great again. They don’t even have a chance. They are controlled fully, they are controlled fully by the lobbyists, by the donors and by the special interests. Fully. They control them.
Hey, I have lobbyists. I have to tell you, I have lobbyists that can produce anything for me. They’re great. But you know what? It won’t happen. It won’t happen because we have to stop doing things for some people, but for our country it’s destroying this country….
We have people that aren’t working. We have people that have no incentive to work. But they’re going to have incentive to work. Because the greatest social program is a job. And they’ll be proud, and they’ll love it, and they’ll make much more money than they would have ever made. And they’ll be doing so well, and we’re going to be thriving as a country. Thriving. It can happen…
So we need people – I’m a free trader. But the problem with free trade is, you need really talented people to negotiate for you. If you don’t have talented people, if you don’t have great leadership, if you don’t have people that know business – not just a political hack that got the job because he made a contribution to a campaign, which is the way all jobs just about are gotten, free trade is terrible.
Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have people that are stupid. We have people that aren’t smart, and we have people that are controlled by special interests and it’s just not going to work.
Trump adds an extra dimension to the race, that is for sure. I expect Reince Priebus is not happy.
Meanwhile, Yahoo Finance points out that Trump may not actually have enough cash to run for President.
Trump’s spending would come from liquid assets such as cash, stocks and bonds, which amount to $302 million, according to his financial summary. That’s certainly a lot of money. But even if Trump were to spend all of it on his campaign, he’d still be outgunned by leading candidates such as Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, who will probably each raise more than that through their super PACs alone. And Trump probably doesn’t want to draw down all his cash, since even rich people have to come up with money to pay for homes, airplanes, fancy events and lavish living.