Like him or hate him, one cannot help but smirk at some of the unconventional campaign antics of Donald Trump.
The outspoken billionaire has blasted illegal immigration, taken aim at John McCain for his failure to help veterans in his home state and has unabashedly criticized the left’s unsuccessful attempts to smear him into submission.
Recently, in response to slams from one of the Senate’s biggest RINOs, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Trump broke the cardinal rule of Washington politics: he gave Graham’s personal cell number to the entire world.
The left and the Republican establishment seemed infinitely more concerned with the stunt than they have been with the $18 trillion+ national debt and the continuation of disastrous foreign policy missteps that could endanger the whole world.
To try and strike-back at the Donald, Gawker diligently sought and received Donald Trump’s phone number so that he could get a taste of his own medicine.
It turns out that Trump was one step ahead of them.
When Gawker published the number (917-756-8000), Trump immediately turned it into a voicemail for “Make America Great” and those calling were treated to a message about his candidacy.
“Hi, this is Donald Trump and I’m running for the presidency of the United States of America. With your support and help, we can make America truly great again… Hope to see you on the campaign trail. We’re going to do it.”
Even better: Trump then took to Twitter to taunt Gawker, thanking them for publishing his campaign message.
Thank you @gawker! Call me on my cellphone 917.756.8000 and listen to my campaign message.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2015
Even better still: the epic fail by Gawker has provided tons of free advertising for the Trump campaign. Not only did Gawker readers get treated to a campaign pitch, but the stunt has commentators chuckling and as a result, the campaign message is being shared on countless radio stations and TV stations who are discussing the funny twist- all for free.
Look- Donald Trump is not the purest embodiment of conservatism in America. To earn the unyielding support from grassroots conservatives, he must make his position clear on a few issues that have troubled those who look at the entirety of Trump’s political evolution.
However, it’s undeniable that his antics are amusing and that his brand of tough-talk and no-nonsense candor is exactly what we need in politics today.
Is Trump what conservatives have been waiting for? Time will tell. What we do know is that he is shaking things up, forcing people to converse on topics that desperately need discussion, and he’s infuriating the left who have, for too long, dominated the course of discussion- all of these things are good for the American people.