In Support of Donald Trump

Editor’s Note: In anticipation of Georgia’s presidential primary on Tuesday, GeorgiaPol will publish a series of essays in support of some of the leading presidential candidates. This essay is from Trump supporter Bart Brannon.

This presidential campaign began early as they seem to do these days with a crowded field of 17 hopefuls attempting to secure the GOP nomination. One man among the group managed to stand out from the outset even though he had never sought political office. Over the past few months, this one guy accomplished the unbelievable task of knocking off many well-funded candidates without a SuperPac or serious fundraising effort. He made outrageous pronouncements much to the chagrin of old school pols and media types who predicted his demise with each politically incorrect rant. Yet he survived, thrived and not only leads the field, he is dominating it like no other candidate in history.

When this election cycle began, I decided to support a different candidate, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina. She was coming off a big loss to Barbara Boxer in a California senate race, but decided to shoot higher anyway. Her first debate performance solidified her as a viable candidate.

Unfortunately Fiorina went off the deep end in debate #2 when she tried an appeal to those in the GOP who think Planned Parenthood is a more pressing enemy than ISIS. The rest is history. She lost standing in the polls then finally bailed out after finishing a distant 7th in New Hampshire. Bye bye Carly. I along with many others became political free agents looking for a bandwagon with an empty seat.

After much deliberation, comparison and review, I decided to go with the guy described in the first paragraph. Donald J Trump, the man, the brand.

America needs a fixer, somebody who can re-brand this country after 16 years of slow to no growth, endless wars and financial disarray. We need a leader with the courage to risk his own livelihood as many of the Founding Fathers did when they challenged the status quo under King George III. We must have somebody willing to stand up to foreign powers, somebody who is determined to re-establish the United States as the leader of the free world. A leader who has a proven history of bold, visionary pursuits. Donald Trump is that leader.

As a voter, Trump is a high risk, high reward choice. Anytime you bet on a brand hoping the substance is as strong as the rhetoric you take a risk. Trump is taking a huge risk himself. If he fails, he could lose everything he worked decades to build into a multi-billion dollar business. He has incentive to succeed provided by his children, grandchildren, employees and the rest who would suffer if his brand is tarnished or destroyed by this run for president. That is a huge risk.

So in summation, I am choosing to vote for Donald Trump next Tuesday and doing so with enthusiasm. I truly believe we need an outside the beltway boost to overcome the issues facing our country. Cruz, Rubio and Kasich are all the same; lifelong politicians selfishly seeking the next highest office as a means to enrich themselves financially while gaining power they never imagined having at their fingertips. Trump is rich already, has plenty of power but is willing to risk all of it in order to rescue the country that gave him the opportunity to get rich and powerful. That takes balls, just what America needs now!

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CoastalCat
CoastalCat

No. Not you too. He’s a vulgarian con man. He makes no sense when he talks. He has an infamous temper that belongs nowhere near a seat of power. He despises women, minorities, and even his own supporters.

Just because he can win does not mean he must win.

John Konop
John Konop

Would you say the same about Hillary who sold them out for speaking fees and donations to her campaign?

Bart
Bart

CoastalCat,

Are you really making a blanket statement that he ‘despises women’ when he has many women working top management positions within his organization?

I would argue women have a much better chance of being treated fairly in a Trump administration than say Rubio who thinks all abortion should be illegal including rape, incest and possibly life of the mother. To me that should be far more offensive to women than Trump referring to Rosie O’Donnell as a fat slob (or whatever he called her).

Noway2016
Noway2016

And they’ll be treated far better by Trump than by the Hildabeast who once made it her life’s work to destroy the women who made credible accusations against the horn dog she’s married to.

auh2o
auh2o

Has Chidi called our guest a fascist yet?

xdog
xdog

It’s news to me that Trump is risking his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor. News to him too I bet.

Bart
Bart

xdog,

I didn’t mention risking life although I guess that should be included considering the job he seeks. But he is risking his brand to make this run. Nobody else has that worry.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

So does Trump earn 59 of Georgia’s ~77 GOP delegates, or will Cruz or Rubio win Congressional districts and reduce Trump’s total by one for each Congressional District that Trump doesn’t win?

Loren
Loren

“One man among the group managed to stand out from the outset even though he had never sought political office.” Never? So I’m guessing this isn’t counting all the time he spent in 2011 “exploring” a Presidential run, while simultaneously positioning himself as the figurehead of a ridiculous political conspiracy theory about the sitting President? “He made outrageous pronouncements much to the chagrin of old school pols and media types who predicted his demise with each politically incorrect rant.” Note too that his demise was also predicted after he lied, repeatedly and egregiously. But apparently a lot of Trump supporters… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

I made the same point about Romney and Sen Perdue when they ran their races, and were attacked by politicians that they were not successful in business. Agree or not with Trump, like Romney and Perdue, they have all been very successful. All have had deals that were good and bad, but at the end they won way more than they loss. All used the BK laws and or threat of it, to help turn around bad deals, which is very common. I do think it is very open game to question details on policy for all the candidates, but… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Oh sweet baby Jesus. The fact that you believe risking one’s “brand” is a sign of bravery makes me sad for not only you, but for America as a whole. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were legitimately risking their lives, because their actions amounted to treason under British law. I can assure you that Donald Trump will not be tried for treason or killed by the government. He’s not doing anything to affect his brand because his brand is built on appealing to mouth-breathing numbskulls who conflate wealth with intelligence and screaming with strength. The people who… Read more »

Baker
Baker

Thank you Andrew and Loren. Both nailed it.

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

How did we end up here? I’m sitting here thinking hard about who to vote for and out of so many choices, I don’t want to vote for any of them. Cruz – I forfeit the right to say “shall not be infringed” really means “shall not be infringed” if I vote for someone clearly not a Natural Born Citizen. Heck, I don’t even think Obama is one due to his father’s citizenship. The last time I checked, Canada isn’t one of Obama’s 57 states. Mr. Amnesty, er Rubio – Gang Rape of 8 bothers me greatly along with his… Read more »

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

CNN is reporting that Trump will not disavow the KKK.

As long as Trump is adored and lauded, he doesn’t care who is doing the hosannas.

Bart
Bart
CoastalCat
CoastalCat

He’s (not surprisingly) changed his answer yet again. Friday. Disavow. Sunday. Well, let’s not be hasty…

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/28/politics/donald-trump-white-supremacists/index.html

John Konop
John Konop

Do you think this is a double standrard verse Hillary and Bill Clinton. In 2008 you know the Clinton family ran a rather overt racist campiagn against Obama. Bill Clinton, went as far as saying, ” Obama should of been caring his bags” rather than running against Hillary? They ran the 3 AM call add……I could go on and on….Is this not worse than timing of disavowing a semi-endorsement? Why I say semi, is Duke said he did not really agreed with many of the Trump policies, really only immigration….basically saying lesser of all type endorsement…..

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

John, it’s the freaking KKK. The KKK. This isn’t questionable campaign tactics. He will not disavow the KKK and David Duke.

How much lower can he go before he turns your stomach? How much more can he degrade the GOP before it is enough?

John Konop
John Konop

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/09/26/washington-post-confirms-hillary-clinton-started-the-birther-movement/

How much can you stomach? Washington Post confirmed the birther movement was started by Hillary? You do agree, by any measure the Clinton campaign against Obama was very racist?

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

I don’t click on Breitbart links. Anyone else with that report?

John Konop
John Konop

The origin of the email came from the Clinton camp when she was falling behind Obama. Combine this with the 3 AM adds, racist comments by Bill Clinton toward Obama during the same time period……Seems rather clear it was a racist attack from the Clinton camp against Obama. …………According to the article, the theory that Obama was born in Kenya “first emerged in the spring of 2008, as Clinton supporters circulated an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship.” The second article, which ran several days after the Politico piece, was published by the Telegraph, a British paper, which stated: “An anonymous… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

CC,

Does it not bother you, Hillary never personally denounced Phil Berg?

John Konop
John Konop

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/02/08/the-secret-history-of-the-birthers.html This is a great history how far the Clinton group went to smear Obama with racist attacks. Btw this is from the left the Daily Beast. Linda Star has played hit woman for the Clinton’s in the past. Irronically, she dug up dirt to help defend Bill Clinton during his hearing about sleeping with his employee Monica Lewinski who Hillary smeared. Her motivation for helping Hillary was the poor treatment of women. How bizarre is that? The lead PUMA created racist attacks on Obama, and led a dirt digging campaign to defend Bill Clinton who obviously violated work place… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

And of ALL the people Obama could have chosen for SoS, he chose…

John Konop
John Konop

He needed Hillary for the PUMA crowd, which was not fully supporting Obama post convention. I would guess a deal was cut with Hillary and Bill to help with support. Hence my main point that a lot of all of this is just political BS…Which is why I focus way more on policy than the spewing on all sides.

John Konop
John Konop

B,

You can see from the most left blog around, they are asking the same question as well, why would any black person vote for Hillary?

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/2/28/1492803/-I-Would-Like-Black-People-To-Explain-Why-They-Vote-Hillary

Loren
Loren

John Konop: “How much can you stomach? Washington Post confirmed the birther movement was started by Hillary?”

Hillary didn’t start the Birther movement, and nothing in the links above proves that she did. The closest any of those stories comes is to say that Hillary *supporters* were prominent among those who spread the rumors early on.

If you want to know where Birtherism really got its start, the answer is here: http://birthofanotion.com/home/the-secret-origin-of-the-birthers

John Konop
John Konop

Huh?

The key dirt researcher for Hillary and Bill started the dirt throwing on this issue? A key democrat supporter of Hillary filed the original Birther-law suite. The Clinton were running a nasty racist campaign against Obama. Hillary never denounced Linda Starr head PUMA supporter who had been a professional dirt digger for the Bill and Hillary. Hillary never denounced the lawsuits filed by Philip Berg who was a big time supporter. What am I missing, you really think Hillary had nothing to do with it?

Benevolus
Benevolus

JK, you can keep flogging that but it is really unlikely to be a deciding factor for very many people. She’s already been through a campaign with all that baggage. It was a long time ago. A lot of water under the bridge. People have already decided and moved on. For those who don’t know I suspect they are much more likely to be interested in her more recent activities.

John Konop
John Konop

B,

Many on the left are asking the same questions about Hillary. Would you tell the them the same?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Of course. Your original question was is this a double standard? The answer is no. The Clintons are not racists, xenophobes, or misogynists despite what you may have seen from various sources during a campaign and despite miscellaneous historical anecdotes of questionable relevance . It’s not really debatable. Their bona fides in this area are well known. If any of the breitbart chum bothers someone they should not vote for her, but they were probably just looking for an excuse not to anyway (which would be weird because you don’t need to look too far to find a couple of… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

……..The Clintons are not racists …..Their bona fides in this area are well known………

The Clinton’s can tear apart the African American via taking the War on drugs to an extreme level that devastated the community by any measure. Run a racist campaign against Obama to the point they would not disavow birther supporters, who went as far a suing the president, Hillary sent their kids to war for nation building exercise in the Middle East, sold off American jobs for speaking fees and or campaign donations, and that is your conclusion. With friends like that who needs enemies.

Benevolus
Benevolus

So your candidate is, what, for decriminalization, opposes intervention in the Middle East, and is a protectionist?

John Konop
John Konop

Do you think if you enforce the trade agreements than you are a protectionist? Under your logic why even have any agreements? Or your solution is just keep letting them cheat? We should negotiate deals that allow countries to abuse us and kill American jobs and wages? Or better yet office holders like Hillary should just sell American jobs off for speaking fees and campaign donations?

Loren
Loren

It’s true that Hillary supporters were among the earliest vocal Birthers. I said as much at the link. But the rumor was created in early March 2008 and circulated at low levels online until it exploded in popularity in June 2008. And according to Linda Starr’s own interviews with John Avlon, she was first exposed to Birther rumors in summer 2008, and she first brought those rumors to Philip Berg’s attention in August 2008. Hillary supporters did a lot to promote Birtherism that summer, but they didn’t create the rumor, they weren’t alone in promoting it (FreeRepublic did a lot… Read more »

Baker
Baker

John this is crazy talk. Some scummy Hillary consultant may have started it but Trump was still talking about it….YEARS after Obama got elected. Every vicious, stupid conspiracy theory out there has passed Trump’s lips at some point. Vaccines cause autism? Check. Bush lied about WMDs? Check. Bush knew about 9/11? Check. Scalia was murdered? Check. Obama is a Muslim? Check. Executing Muslims with bullets dipped in pig blood? Check. I’m sure there are more but there’s no need. The man is an idiot. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/01/us/politics/donald-trump-conspiracy-theories.html?_r=0 Money quote from Erickson: “It’s like a walking, talking Enquirer magazine.” Sadly, the Enquirer sells… Read more »

Bart
Bart

CC, when I posted the buzzfeed link, I had not yet seen the CNN interview. Now that I have seen it, I still stand by the fact that he immediately disavowed any association with David Duke right away on Friday. That should have ended the story but CNN and the ADL wanted to push it. My take on the Tapper interview is that Trump was trying to make it clear he had no idea about Duke or any white supremacist group being involved with his campaign. Could he have done it better, yes. But when a reporter asks an open… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

So it sounds like the analogy would be: Voting for Trump is like repainting your beater car and putting some of that LED lighting under it and getting a really loud horn for it.

auh2o
auh2o

So does anyone here in this thread think Trump has a point about anythings he’s advocated, for instance, the border? Should we take steps to restrict those illegal aliens who are coming over here taking American jobs and getting American social benefits? Does he have a point or is he just a racist bastard?

John Konop
John Konop

Like many things in life it is gray, not black and white. We need secure boarders, and a system that does not pit cheap labor with limited rights vs American workers in trade and immigration policy. This was a key cornerstone concept in Wealth of Nations the bible of free market economics by Adam Smith. The concept of the Bill of Rights was coined by Adam Smith from concepts in the above book. With that said rounding about 11 million people seems rather irrational. Also business does need workers for temporary purposes like harvest time, resorts in season….It should be… Read more »

Baker
Baker

The whole point about conservative economic policies is that they are supposed to help bake a bigger economic pie. Trump seems to buy the Bernie Sanders line that everything is zero sum and he needs to be the one to divvy the pie. Trade wars and giant walls aren’t going to help our economy at all. In fact, they’ll just make everything more expensive. Of course we need a secure border. You don’t want millions of people living in your country who aren’t bought in and aren’t paying their fair share of taxes or whatever. Every Republican candidate knows this… Read more »

Charlie
Charlie

Trump himself said in the last debate that he hired these people for his Palm Beach resort because there weren’t any Americans to do the work. So even Trump doesn’t think he has a point on “taking American jobs”. The other candidates have all acknowledged the problem of immigration and have talked about plans to document who is coming here, who overstays visas (about half of those undocumented and “ADDING TEN FEET TO THE WALL!” won’t do a thing to fix it. But talking about the finer points of policy and how we get from here to where we want… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

I’m almost ready for Satan himself to get into the race. If my choice of the lesser of two evils devolves into Trump v. Clinton then I would rather go straight to the source. Trump has more skeletons in his closet than Davy Jones’ Locker. Rubio has been kind to him compared to what the Clintons would bring. You can’t just jump into US politics at its highest level with that sort of baggage. I know he seemingly can do no wrong with certain people but I seriously doubt they are of the majority in the states that hold sway… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Take a few 21 minutes out of your day. Pop some popcorn or crack open an afternoon beer and watch this video of John Oliver’s show last night. If you start it you won’t be able to stop until you watch the entire thing. It’s very funny and extremely sad at the same time.

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/02/29/for-your-lunchtime-perusal-a-john-oliver-take-down-of-donald-drumpf/

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

“America needs a fixer, somebody who can re-brand this country…” Am I the only person who thinks that fixing something is not the same thing as re-branding it? Most of the time, it’s the exact opposite of fixing. It makes no sense to brand this country at all unless we’re planning on selling it to someone.