It is true that Donald Trump is doing just fine in the polls. He is ahead in the delegate count and he is making steady progress towards the 1237 delegates needed to cinch the GOP nomination.
However, if Mr. Trump ever hopes to stand as more than merely a reactionary force to political lunacy, he should heed the advice of PolitiStick’s co-founder and editor, Jennifer Burke.
On Newsmax Prime, Burke was offered a chance to give candid advice to Trump, a candidate who has attracted crossover support, but has been hit-or-miss with conservatives.
Burke’s advice was simple but powerful:
“Let people know where you stand,” Burke began. “I know that you’re attracting a lot of people just with your brashness and the way that you say things on Twitter… but I, after all these months, don’t have very much of a clue on where you stand, especially based on your flip-flops.”
“Don’t be afraid to say, ‘You know what, I didn’t say the right thing.’ Don’t tell us, ‘I never said that’ when we have you on record saying it. Be truthful, be honest with the people because that way of being shows a level of respect for the voters that the voters should expect from all candidates at any level.”
The succinct criticism is precisely the moves Trump needs if he ever wants to be taken seriously in solid conservative circles.
While there are things to like about Trump and his take-no-prisoners style of politics that come after decades of weakling GOP maneuvers, the fact is that Trump is a gutter candidate- a reactionary force that has capitalized on very-understandable frustration and anger within the Republican Party.
He has not been a politician long and if he wishes to uphold the dignity of the office of that which he seeks, he would do well to be more honest in his rhetoric, be more forthcoming with his positions and stop attacking every political rival as a “liar,” especially when The Donald is inarguably the GOP candidate most- guilty of relying upon half-truths, manipulations and outright lies to further his campaign.