“I’m really rich.”
“Blood coming out of…whatever…”
“I want the (southern border) wall to be so beautiful because maybe they will call it the Trump wall.”
“People like to say undocumented because it’s politically correct. I like to say ‘anchor babies.'”
It doesn’t matter what Donald Trump does or says during this weird (and in my mind, abhorrently early) 2016 presidential campaign. Not only are media outlets hanging on Trump’s every word, giving him precious air time basically every day at the expense of his other rivals, but — perhaps more importantly — people are eating up what he is saying. They are buying what he’s selling, and what he’s selling is really a package we hear every four years: keep jobs here, make sure undocumented people stay out. Build up America, make America strong, make Americans proud.
Trump’s approval ratings (and his TV ratings) may not spell disaster for his more well-known counterparts in an unbelievably crowded Republican field — not yet, anyway — but it’s curtains already for the lesser-known candidates — even if, as many people believe, the Trump tornado ropes out or abruptly vanishes. They have a hard enough time garnering any media attention in a regular year where there aren’t a lot of candidates, especially so early in the campaign. They already had their work cut out for them with the over 20 candidates jostling for position this time around.
And now Trump has blown up like the southernmost supercell in a moderate severe weather risk area. It may sound like a weird analogy, but bear with me. In some cases, that supercell sucks all the energy from any other potential storms, killing their chances of ever getting started while generating some of the most wicked weather known to man before it finally falls apart.
So now we have to consider:
Are we looking at an EF5 Trumpnado or are we really viewing a nasty-looking EF1?
Will the Trumpnado remain in a favorable environment (media attention, high event attendance and otherwise) all the way through the primary election cycle?
And just what happens if the Trumpnado blows through all comers, including the Democratic nominee, on the way to the White House next fall?