The Rise of the "Trumpservative": Pros & Cons

As I interact with more and more voters, whether here in the People's Republic of New York City, on the road in Washington D.C. or Cleveland, OH, or the more than TWENTY ONE THOUSAND that viewed the meme you see above online via BEL's social media, voters are dividing into two camps: those that love NY billionaire / mogul Donald Trump, and those who do not.

I have taken to calling the former "Trumpservatives," and the fact of the matter is that there is much to celebrate - and loathe - about their rise to the forefront of Election 2016.


Courtesy - The Daily Beast (Brooklyn in the House!)
First, the positives of what "Trumpservatism" has brought to Election 2016. There is an electricity in the air because of Donald Trump's presence. The fame and notoriety that Trump brings means more eyeballs are fixed on this election. That means that every candidate on the Republican side is getting more eyes on them, too. And the numbers bear it out: this past week's debate in Cleveland was the highest rated primary debate in history.

Also, Donald Trump's controversial remarks on the Mexican border and illegal immigration have put the issue front and center - at a time where violence in sanctuary cities has also been in the news.  

Trump has also tapped into the over-bubbling frustration of grassroots Republicans and Tea Party conservatives with the status quo of "the establishment" in Washington. Trump, as he likes to point out a lot, is rich. Being rich, Trump is not beholden to a special interest. By tapping that frustration, Trump has ridden a wave of populist support that has made him virtually impervious to scandal or controversy that would scuttle the average candidate's campaign hopes. 

But, there are plenty of negatives that "Trumpservatives" have introduced to this election cycle. For instance, it's gotten nasty early. I mean, really nasty. This is in part due to Trump's "persecution" complex - his them vs. me attitude that he has taken on. The media. The establishment. Hillary. The Democrats. They're all against him. But, Trump has chosen to get into the mud, hurling insults all along the ways whenever he feels slighted. Not exactly the enlightened debate some of us had hoped for. 

Not to mention the fact that Trump 2015 is feeling a lot like Obama circa 2007 - the development of a cult of personality surrounding a candidate that provides more sizzle than substance. The transition from "conservative" to "Trumpservative" occurs when Trump supporters can look past Trump's Democratic roots, look past him donating to Democrats, including the aforementioned Hillary Clinton, for many years, or to look past Trump's support of a single-payer healthcare system that is anathema to most conservatives. "Trumpservatives" buy into the new-found rhetoric that Trump is talking, choosing to believe that Trump - for once in his public life - is not putting his own interests first. That he is not playing to the crowd, as he has in selling you on the Trump brand, whether it be the latest addition of The Apprentice, his newest land acquisition, or his casinos. 

The CEO of the "Trumpservative" movement is so used to "serving Trump" that many conservatives are left to wonder if The Donald is building a brand, or building a movement. The answers are sure to come with time. But until then, a mixed bag of goodies awaits Republicans and conservatives on the road to 2016. 

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  1. Fellow WAARior Watson Prunier and I are on the same wavelength!

  2. say what you want, i'm with trump and change in this country before it goes under....

    1. Thanks for the comment, Bob - You are more than entitled to your preference. I am commenting more about the phenomenon than anything else. Many voters are giving Trump a pass on traditional conservative values / core beliefs than they would do to others. It's interesting to see.

    2. Ditto. Left my 2 cents at Creative Freedom.

      People forget that Trump can afford to say what he wants to because as CEO he never had to answer or listen to anyone. This may strike many as an indication of incorruptible independence. But it also means he's been habituated to speak and act unilaterally as a CEO. Those are not qualities suited for an office that must share power with a legislative branch in a representative republic.

    3. Your point is more of a double-edged sword. While that may be true, it is also the case that he may not listen to expertise because his money has always cured his ills. And speaking of his money, his history of funding the "establishment" on both sides shows that he does not care about the fundamental flaws of government, so long as he is the beneficiary.

    4. And just to be clear, I was echoing my friend Thomas, not disagreeing!


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