Strategies and Conservative History of Donald Trump: Statements on Apple ahead of gathering under the tent of the Republican nominee

The trick now for Donald Trump is obviously making it so that Marco Rubio’s supporters along with Ted Cruz can jump over to him without feeling they betrayed their candidate.  So a change in presentation is due, especially now that Jeb Bush has announced that he’s out of the presidential race. John Kasich has no chance, Ben Carson has no chance.  Only Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio—both freshman Tea Party senators who don’t have much of a track record are left to determine who will be the Republican nominee along with Donald Trump—who is also a Tea Party favorite.  Let’s see, I heard several establishment Republicans in Butler County Ohio say in early 2013 when they were trying to stuff out the various Tea Party groups—that it would all be over by 2014.  Well, that’s not what’s happening.

Because of the vicious warfare a lot of these Cruz and Rubio people will be reluctant to side with Trump—so it will be the New York billionaire’s task to pull over the supporters and finish off these two—which should be rather easy.   There are a lot of things to pick on that could sink their ships really fast if Trump wanted to do it.  Rubio is from communist Cuba.   Ted Cruz had a father who was a communist revolutionary—and he was not born in the USA.  Both have had trouble with their personal finances and listing their paperwork obligations to some degree.  They both speak well, but are obviously above their head in personal experience. They were good candidates when Bush and Kasich were the focus, but now, they are front-runners subject to exposure—and it will be tough for them—there is a lot of easy fodder for Trump to expose over the next few weeks.

For them however, Cruz and Rubio, they will try to paint Trump as not being conservative enough and that is something that will have to be overcome quickly.  Trump was already dealing with that in his South Carolina acceptance speech before the print was dry for the morning papers.  That assertion, which many friends that I have in the Liberty movement support, is laughable.  The definition being used about conservatism has been established in the Tea Party wake of conservatives mixed with libertarians—and it is that criteria that is judging Trump’s viability of conservative values.  It is a political definition largely formed by Glenn Beck’s portion of the conservative Tea Party audience and is not based on actual conservative value—and that is what Trump needs to attack now in order to overcome the younglings—Cruz and Rubio.

If I had to write Trump’s life arch to arrive at this moment it would probably go something like this, Trump was hungry to step out of his father’s shadow—he worked really hard and put his stamp in New York in a big way enjoying a lot of early success.  He was the Michael Jackson of real estate and he worked extremely hard to get there.  The 90s came, and the bottom fell out of many of his investments.  He was over extended and struggling to stay afloat.  His father who was someone Trump leaned on a lot suffered Alzheimer’s disease and finally died in 1999.  Also over this span, Trump went through two marriages, had to file bankruptcies on several of his properties to keep them from sinking everything he had worked for and he had to pound through a lot of public scrutiny—a lot of people who wanted to kick him on the way back down off his 80s successes.  As a developer in New York, where a lot of liberals control things, Trump had to donate money just to play the game.  There weren’t a lot of Republicans in the world he was living in—so he had to do what it took to help his businesses.  He survived the 90s with a lot of personal skill and triumph and faced the next century without his parents, and a company that needed him to bounce back and carry it on his shoulders toward new heights.  Most of the things Trump faced in the 90s would have forced lesser men to jump off a roof, but Trump just buckled down and solved everything with sheer tenacity and intelligence.  In the post parent years, Trump truly broke out to be his own man—and along the way he started the Apprentice on NBC with Mark Burnett and actually refined himself over the course of 14 seasons as he was a teacher to several young people on a very popular television show.  Along the way, he bounced around on political positions, largely because most of the people he was dealing with were liberals—but he never personally lost himself.  He never drank, did drugs or got himself into misdeeds with women even though he could have easily as a single person at the time.  He met his current wife in 2004 and she seemed to be just what he needed as a person.  Since she came along, his personal focus has been surgical and his businesses have grown enormously.  He could not be a liberal in any way because of the way he has raised his family.  His kids show his conservatism, his businesses could not have been raised to the level they are without him being conservative to his very core—because liberals cannot think right to become wealthy the old fashion way.  Trump has been vetted through the harshest fires and he has endured and actually excelled.  I can say that I know what kind of president he’ll be, and I don’t have to worry about him crowning himself king.  He’s far more complex than that—and more reliable.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio comparatively have done nothing in their lives.  They are professional politicians without much of a track record and a lot of youthful idealism.  They have not survived the fires of reality all so well—they are actually a bit like Trump was in the 80s.  They have yet to face any hard crashes in their lives—which they will—and you don’t want a person in the White House who might not handle things so well under enormous pressure.  Cruz has been a good debater and argued in front of the Supreme Court, but that’s a rather small thing compared to all the achievements of Trump.  And Rubio in his short career has even been caught on the Gang of 8 mishap with Chuck Schumer—which will be easy for Trump to expose in the coming weeks.  However Trump does get into trouble is with statements like what he made about Apple.

The answer to Apple is not to boycott them, or even to have the government force Apple to unlock the cell phone of the California ISIS terrorists.   Trump’s comment that the government “owns” the phones is incorrect.  Trump the CEO is used to operating as a top down manager which is actually needed right now in the White House because of all the dysfunction—but you have to understand that government is owned by the people.  I’m sure Trump understands that, and his intentions with Apple are good, but he’s wrong in assuming that government could solve the problem of encryption with judicial force.  It just feeds the anxiety that Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz are already feeding about Trump’s conservatism.  The government should not be in the business of telling companies what to do.  In the case of Apple, rather than sitting around like a bunch of sorry losers for two months complaining that they couldn’t break the encryption of the confiscated phone, they should have hired a 12-year-old kid to hack the thing.  If Apple can invent something, then someone else can reverse engineer it and in this day and age, there is a kid out there who can do it.  The FBI should have utilized them instead of looking to impose government rule over a private sector company. Out of all the good things that Trump has said and done on this run for president, the supporters of Cruz and Rubio will take pause with that kind of talk—so it’s best to avoid those types of impulsive statements.  The FBI should not be waiting for a court order to force Apple to cooperate, and nobody should boycott Apple with peer pressure to force their hand.  It is up to the FBI to use all their vast resources to break the code.  I do not believe them when they say they can’t get in.  What they want is an easy way to get at such information in the future.  They are looking to move the Overton Window for all future cases in favor of them—which is dangerous.

Even if Trump doesn’t win in Nevada he’s in good shape to win the nomination.  He’ll do well in Nevada—and he’ll get plenty of delegates.  Marco Rubio didn’t do well in New Hampshire or Iowa, so even if he surges, he’s still way behind in the delegate count and Cruz has consistently been in third place.  He has no support from his colleagues in the senate and that will hurt him at this phase.  He has peaked out.  He’s not going to win, so his supporters need to get their minds around it.  Trump at this point could come in second and third in several of the Super Tuesday races and he’d still be poised to win.  Personally, he would consider it a failure to lose anything—but in the game of numbers, they are all in his favor.  So it’s time to start thinking about the next step.  Trump is far more conservative than Cruz and Rubio—not by what he says—but by how he acts when the rubber hits the road.  And to me, that’s what matters most.  Cruz and Rubio have not been job creators. Trump has, and he has a lot more experience at the hard decisions it takes to actually do things in the real world.  There is a big difference between idealism and actuality.  Trump has had a long career of making success out of hard realities whereas everyone else has simply just talked about it.  Trump would be wise to stick to his experience and shift into that next gear that will make it easier for the Cruz and Rubio people to come into his tent.  They may do so reluctantly, but it’s time for them to start moving in that direction.

Now, one last thing about establishment politics, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that excited everyone but Trump supports right before the South Carolina vote was obviously a small sampling of known Cruz/Rubio supporters hoping to turn the tide of public opinion just ahead of the vote.  The Bush campaign floated it out, and all the major news organizations ran with it—even though it was the only one.  That is how deep the establishment is on the process and it should tell voters everything they need to know.  Yet Trump didn’t buckle at all.  He was calm and cool through the whole process.  On the night before the election he held three massive rallies which made news all over the state.  Trump simply out-worked everyone.  With Trump in the White House he will set a new bar as far as what’s expected out of a sitting president.  There is nobody running who works as hard at things as Trump.  And the establishment doesn’t know what to do with him.  They’ve thrown everything including the kitchen sink at him because there is one thing that Trump has that none of them do—including Rubio and Cruz—Trump loves hard work.  They run from it by default.  That is what’s wrong with Washington D.C.—to its core.  We need a president who will make “hard work” fashionable once again—and nobody can do that like Trump.  Calvin Coolidge was a very hard worker—but he couldn’t sell it.  Trump can outwork Coolidge—but he can also sell it—and that is exactly what America needs right now.  It doesn’t need a political definition of conservatism.  It needs a hard worker who can convince America to do the same.  And that is what Trump is after a long life of really hard knocks. He’s not going to lose this election at this point.  Because nobody is able to outwork him to the finish line—so if you are not yet a Trump supporter and you don’t want Hillary in the White House—it’s time to come to terms.

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman


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