It’s just an act.
Here’s what Paul Manafort (the man who’s now in charge) told the RNC leadership in Hollywood (FL) on April 21st: “When he’s out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose.”
And he promised that the candidate would soon shift his persona in order to appeal to women, minorities and others — i.e. the voters he will need to win the general election if he wins the nomination.
If you’re one of the millions of Trumpkins who’ve been whooping and hollering at The Donald’s rallies, you might be a bit confused by this news — and maybe even a little insulted. We can’t do anything about the insult, but we can try to clear up some of the confusion.
Candidates for public office are usually judged on their records – what offices they’ve held, what they accomplished in office, or how they voted on major issues. But The Donald has never held office, so he has no record in that regard.
On the other hand, the usual rules haven’t applied to him in any other way during this extraordinary campaign, so why start now? Instead, let’s use some metrics tailored specifically to him, and let’s do it in the way that he would: by asking personal questions, repeating rumors, and posing hypotheticals.
It will take some digging to get the answers to these questions, and there’s likely to be so much data involved that each question will probably require its own blog post. So stay tuned. We’ll be back…