The Donald has no filter and refuses to play by the rules of professional candidates.
By Jacob Engels
Donald Trump has no filter and continued to embrace his no holds barred style in Thursday’s top-tier GOP debate in Cleveland, Ohio. From the start, Fox News hosts Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace trained their focus on the billionaire real-estate mogul to no avail.They turned out looking petty and humping for a spike in ratings at Trump’s expense.
When it came to the other candidates during the main GOP debate, renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson definitely excelled – channeling The Donald’s refusal to play the game and taking a methodical and slower method of responding to the moderators questions. His use of humor and medical analogies was spot on.
Mike Huckabee proved that he is far better suited running an extremist Christian mega-church in the Florida panhandle, with his responses easily being the most far-right on social issues. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush looked a bit rusty and jokingly tried to distance himself from his brother’s administration, tempting voters with his mantra of being “his own man” and “different”. Nice try… but we all know better. NO MORE BUSHES AND NO MORE CLINTONS.
Florida’s other favorite son Marco Rubio recycled his rubber chicken dinner stump speech piece-by-piece and embraced more platitudes than anyone else. Solid orator – but very reminiscent of Obama in early debates…
One of the best parts of the night was seeing Rand Paul take down New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over his coziness with Barack Obama – highlighting his Charlie Crist’esque hug with the outgoing president.
Paul also delivered much needed attention to the importance of the GOP engaging minority communities and remaining focused on weeding out the “Big Brother” wing of the GOP that favors unmitigated surveillance of citizens.
Ted Cruz had some high points, but failed to distinguish himself from fellow Senate outsider Rand Paul in terms of policy, combativeness or style. Smarmy “normal guy” Scott Walker of Wisconsin seemed horribly rehearsed and robotic. Ohio Governor John Kasich had similar delivery problems, but his responses and communication was genuine and from the heart.
Trump was the hands down winner when the dust settled. He did not crumble when the moderators turned on him multiple times, and his consistent messaging and drive for bringing America out of the politically correct prison we are currently living in was refreshing.
The Donald’s absolute refusal to conform to the rules of “candidate school” significantly bolstered his ability to separate himself from the shifty career politicans surrounding him. Look for Trump, Carson, Kasich and Paul to see bumps in the polls. Walker tanked along with Huckabee, Christie and Bush. Rubio, Cruz did OK.
Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina were clear winners. On to the next one!
Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post,Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at email@example.com