Saturday, May 14, 2016

How to appear Presidential enough - "It's just a suggestion, I'm totally flexible on very, very many issues."

As we all know, during the primaries there were many interviews of supporters of Donald Trump who said they didn't care what he said, they just wanted a candidate who would shake things up in Washington. And as we know that has a very broad appeal.

Now that he has won the primaries, he has moved on to the goal of winning the Presidency. And his first major campaign strategy move is right on.

On Friday as usual Trump dominated the news cycle with his new "I'm Presidential" campaign strategy.

Beginning with a Fox News Radio interview Trump told Brian Kilmeade about his Muslim ban proposal:
It's a temporary ban. It hasn't been called for yet. Nobody's done it. This is just a suggestion until we find out what's going on.
Later, in his final news call of the morning to "Fox & Friends," Brian Kilmeade who co-host's that show asked him about his comment that his Muslim ban was "just a suggestion."
Yeah. It was a suggestion. Look, anything I say right now, I'm not the president. Everything is a suggestion, no matter what you say, it's a suggestion.

I feel strongly we have to do something about when you look at radical Islamic terrorism, we have a president that as you folks know very well, we have a president who won't use the term for the World Trade Center, he won't use the term. And we have to do something. And you're not going to do something about it until you know what the problem is.

I have spoken to Rudy Giuliani. We're going to put together a group. We're going to look at the problem. We're going to study the problem. It's a temporary ban. I feel very strongly that we have to find out what the problem is. When you look at San Bernardino, when you look at Paris, when you look at all of these horrible, horrible acts of hatred, this is pure hatred. We have to find out and get to the bottom of the problem before we can solve it.
And on "Today" he said,
No, I am not softening my stance at all, but I am always flexible on issues. I am totally flexible on very, very many issues, and I think you have to be that way. But I'm not softening my stance.
That morning during an interview with "Good Morning America" Trump expanded the subject matter as he revved up his new Donald Trump version of an "I'm being Presidential" image.
I think there are certain things that we could talk about. I'm not totally inflexible on anything, but I feel when it comes to the borders, we have to have strong borders.
Confirming the new image, later Friday Trump campaign’s national spokesperson Katrina Pierson told Yahoo News Guest Anchor Paul Beban:
It is true: Everything a candidate says is just a suggestion. [Candidates] put forth what they want to see happen in the country, they put forth their policies, and their vision essentially of what they want to see happen in America. At the end of the day, Congress is going to have to go along with the program.

What [the voters] do know is that Donald Trump will fight for his policies, which is something we haven’t seen a Republican do in a very long time. We have seen Republicans campaign on issues, they get elected and they capitulate to the opposite.
And so the Republican nominee used the 21st Century 24-hour internet and cable TV news cycle to re-position himself as the potentially "CEO-type" United States President making suggestions, appointing committees of like-minded friends to study issues, and acknowledging that it is up to Congress not to screw things up like they have been doing.

Meanwhile, what are those Democrats doing???

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