A high-ranking staff aide to Republican presidential nomination frontrunner Donald Trump says the candidate and his advisors have talked multiple times about him acting presidential on the campaign trail, but they know if he does, the millions of angry white Americans who support him will be disappointed and either back another candidate or not vote.
“This is topic number one in our meetings,” says the aide, who asked not to be identified so he could speak candidly about internal deliberations. “We have guys who are adamant that Trump learn the issues, get familiar with the complexities of the world and also behave like a normal candidate at his rallies. Then we have others who say he should absolutely not do that. Right now, the ‘don’t act presidential’ camp is winning.”
John Gregor, an unemployed factory worker in Littleton, Ohio, says he would never support Trump if he didn’t incite people like him to hit blacks and Muslims in the face. “If Trump were to tell me, ‘Don’t him people in the face,’ I’d say, ‘Thank you, but I’m voting for Ted Cruz; you’re just another elitist politician who thinks everybody should be politically correct. Screw you.'”
Trump’s campaign aide says that, if Trump is having second thoughts about what he’s doing, he’s not showing that. “He still seems 100-percent committed to not acting presidential,” he says.
One political consultant not aligned with the campaign says Trump could go all the way to the nomination if he maintains his non-presidential stance. “The question is, does he cave to pressure to act like he cares about all 320 million Americans?” said the consultant, who asked not to be identified. “If he can resist that pressure, he’ll likely win the nomination. Believe me, if he starts acting like a president, he’s toast.”
Of course, the consultant said, if he wins, it’ll be a pyrrhic victory, because the country will be ungovernable. “It’s a dilemma for the country, although maybe not for Trump,” the consultant said. “It’s either win and face an ungovernable country or lose, and I think right now Trump and his staff leaders are going with the win. Because even if the country is ungovernable, Trump is confident he’ll come out smelling like a rose, as he has in the past when his companies declared bankruptcy and ruined other people’s lives, or when developments or businesses with his name on them turned out to be little more than shams. He ended up making money and enhancing his brand. So, he thinks he’ll come out strong even if the country descends into chaos—not that he should be concerned with that. Only someone presidential would be concerned with that.”
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