Trump Can Win in November, says... Van Jones?
Some of the people, especially on the left, who have come out in support of Trump, have been surprising (see Post-Brussels, ‘The View’ Praises… Wait, Donald Trump? and Noted Leftist Susan Sarandon May Vote… Trump over Hillary?!). And while Van Jones is not a supporter, it's still surprising to see such a reasoned argument as why Trump can win while a lot of his colleagues on the left would rather just pay people to protest. And burn things.
Regardless of what you think about Van Jones (or Trump), he raises some solid points...
“Everything that Trump is doing conforms to the rules of social media,” he said in a Facebook video posted late last week. “You don’t get fewer followers when you insult somebody on Twitter, or say something outrageous on Twitter, you get more followers.”
“If you’re on a reality TV show, and you’re the villain, the villain is often the star of the reality TV show and, in fact, we were wrong,” he continued. “We thought Trump had left the world of entertainment, had left the world of reality television, and climbed over the wall into the world of politics. In fact, what he did, was he took the world of politics and he pulled it over the wall into the world of reality television.”
Here's the big part...
“70 percent of African Americans have a horrible view of Donald Trump. In order for the Democrats to win the White House they don’t have to get 50 percent of the black vote or 60, or 70, or 80, or 90. Democrats, in order to win historically, need 90 to 92 percent of the black vote. If only 70 percent are against Trump, that means 30 percent are open to his argument. If he gets half of those, he’s president.”
A warning to leftists to take him seriously... or maybe a warning to America to start taking this election seriously? Either way, regardless of where you line up, it's time to acknowledge that the rules have changed. You, I, we... all know nothing.
Pundits find themselves wrong more often than not. Political strategists are no longer capable of creating winning strategies. People who've made their living off of "political predictions"? Yeah, many of them have lost their contracts with the cable news networks. They're back to massage parlors, doing weird stuff with feet.
Sure, the Vegas betting odds overwhelmingly favor Hillary Clinton as winning the presidency. But this time last year, many of the so called "pundits" thought that the presumptive GOP nominee would be Jeb Bush. Lol at them. So much lol at them. Nearly all of the AM radio hosts discounted Bernie Sanders as nothing more than a fringe candidate, yet here he is dragging the Dems into a possibly contested convention. And of course, there's Trump.
So if you're on the left, don't underestimate Donald Trump. If you're on the right, understand that this is one of the hardest uphill battles the GOP/Conservative/Republican/Populist movement has ever faced. Underestimating Hillary would be just as silly of a mistake.