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The 14 Most Insightful Things We’ve Read About Donald Trump in 2016

Friday, September 9th 2016. | Tips and Tricks

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1. Trump has uncommon discipline
On CNN.com, Michael D’Antonio, journalist and author of The Truth About Trump, said: “It’s ironic to talk about Donald as disciplined when we think about the wild statements he makes … but there actually is a discipline behind it. This is a person who is single-minded in his pursuit of what he wants. You get in Donald Trump’s way and you’re going to get run over … For all of his wild talk, there’s a point to it all.”

2. Trump can feel issues deeply
On Politico.com, Bruce Blair, nuclear security expert wrote: “[Trump] says his nuclear concerns stem partly from his MIT professor uncle’s tutoring on the subject, but in any case his interest is deep-seated. Trump once even expressed a wish during the Reagan years to lead the negotiations with the Soviets to reduce strategic nuclear weapons. At a reception in New York City around 1990, he ran into the U.S. START negotiator, Ambassador Richard Burt. According to Burt, Trump expressed envy of Burt’s position and proceeded to offer advice on how best to cut a ‘terrific’ deal with the Soviets. Trump told Burt to arrive late to the next negotiating session, walk into the room where his fuming counterpart sits waiting impatiently, remain standing and looking down at him, stick his finger into his chest, and say ‘F—— you!’”

3. Trump is a man of few (written) words
In The New Yorker, Jane Mayer wrote: “[Tony] Schwartz [who was the coauthor on Trump: The Art of the Deal] believes that Trump’s short attention span has left him with ‘a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance.’ He said, ‘That’s why he so prefers TV as his first news source—
information comes in easily digestible sound bites.’ He added, ‘I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life.’ During the eighteen months that he observed Trump … [Schwartz] never saw a book on Trump’s desk, or elsewhere in his office, or in his apartment.”

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4. Trump speaks to the long ignored
On Townhall.com, Kurt Schlichter wrote: “Most of Trump’s supporters are good people, patriotic Americans burned by an elite that sees their misery as collateral damage in a coastal, urban-led struggle for feel-good progressive change and personal enrichment. The positive, optimistic, even Reaganesque language Trump uses when describing the future speaks to them—and Trump is the first major American figure in a long time to speak to them of hope and with respect.

5. Trump will have a presidency that resembles his candidacy
In the Washington Post, E. J. Dionne Jr. wrote: “Efficient [campaign] operations lead to at least the hope of reasonable efficiency in the White House. The chaos of the Trump circus should genuinely trouble non-ideological sorts of voters. The notion of a White House run in a way anything like Trump’s stewardship of his campaign is petrifying. The Trump operation looks more like a medieval court than anything resembling a democratic political effort. Trump’s family is dominant, big donors seem to call the tune, and Trump cannot settle on whom he wants working 
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6. Trump is emblematic of the American dream for many
In Fortune, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean and professor at Yale School of Management, wrote: “There’s always been a fascination with those who succeed in this system … If it’s a success story that combines honest hard work and a little innovation, the American public tends to admire it and wants to emulate it. Another part of the reason why people are drawn to Trump is that he presents an image, not of a distant godlike business titan, but of someone who’s recovered from setbacks and who’s shown the sort of resilience and plucky spirit that Americans so deeply treasure.”

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7. Trump has inadvertent benefits for ISIS
In New York, Andrew Sullivan wrote: “Those who believe that Trump’s ugly, thuggish populism has no chance of ever making it to the White House seem to me to be missing this dynamic. Neo-fascist movements do not advance gradually by persuasion; they first transform the terms of the debate, create a new movement based on untrammeled emotion, take over existing institutions, and then ruthlessly exploit events … I have no doubt that Trump is sincere in his desire to ‘cut the head off’ ISIS, whatever that can possibly mean. But the interests of ISIS and the Trump campaign are now perfectly aligned.”

8. Trump makes a strategy out of not sticking to the facts
On HuffingtonPost.com, Thomas M. Wells, attorney, wrote: “While I was working for Donald, various press reports had Trump and his then-wife Ivana living in a personal apartment in the Trump Tower of 8, 16, and even 20 or 30 rooms. Genuinely curious, I once asked him how many rooms the apartment actually had. I will never forget his response to me: ‘However many they will print.’ Donald Trump was then, as he is now, larger than life, particularly in his own eyes, and at the same time frighteningly small, with very little moral grounding.”

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9. Trump is a believer in his gut instinct over data
In the New York Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich wrote: “His orbit is largely free of handlers and is very much his own production, down to his tweets—which he types or dictates himself. I asked Trump if his campaign conducted focus groups … ‘I do focus groups,’ he said, pressing both thumbs against his forehead,’right here.’”

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10. Trump uses anger to his benefit
In the Washington Times, Monica Crowley wrote: “Mr. Trump embraces voters’ anger in a way that mirrors and validates it rather than spurns or fears it … Mr. Trump’s decision to walk away from Fox News’ Iowa debate because of his anger over how the network has treated him is a case in point. The message he’s conveying: I won’t allow myself to be disrespected, and I won’t let America be disrespected. He is also demonstrating that anger is necessary (though not sufficient) to win elections and to get the country back on track. Mr. Trump has turned fury into not just an appropriate political emotion, but an asset.”

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11. Trump is a brilliant role-player
In The Atlantic, Dan P. McAdams wrote: “As brainy social animals, human beings evolved to be consummate actors whose survival and ability to reproduce depend on the quality of our performances … More than even Ronald Reagan, Trump seems supremely cognizant of the fact that he is always acting. He moves through life like a man who knows he is always being observed. If all human beings are, by their very nature, social actors, then Donald Trump seems to be more so—superhuman, in this one primal sense.”

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12. Trump has a good side
On CNN.com, Michael D’Antonio said: “For all of his flaws and all of the provocation that he dishes out on the campaign trail and things that he says that upset a lot of people, Donald has a lot of positive qualities that come out, especially in private. When you’re with him, he’s able to focus on the conversation at hand. He’s rather kindly. He smiles. He can make fun of himself, and with his staff you can see that there’s a loyalty and a mutual admiration that goes back and forth among them.”

13. Trump has a double standard on debt
In Fortune, Shawn Tully and Roger Parloff wrote: “Trump claims that as President he would use his business prowess to tackle one of America’s most urgent problems: the skyscraper-high national debt. As evidence, he claims that the businesses he runs have ‘very low debt and tremendous cash flow.’ That example, Trump has declared, demonstrates ‘the kind of thinking this country needs, with $19 trillion in debt, believe me.’ But a close examination of how Trump ran one of America’s biggest gaming enterprises demonstrates an entirely different kind of thinking from the belt-tightening rhetoric he spouts on the campaign trail. In fact, Trump has a record of recklessly piling on debt—with disastrous results.

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14. Trump can already declare a victory
On Townhall.com, Jack Kerwick wrote: “I’m not backing Trump because of what he promises to do in the future. I’m backing him because of what he’s done already. Trump has been a one-man wrecking crew, shattering the sacred cows of both the Democrat and Republican wings of the establishment … Whether he wins or loses in November, Trump has already won, for he’s succeeded in emboldening scores of Americans who would have otherwise remained disengaged, Americans who will not go quietly away or back to voting for Bushes, Kasichs, and Romneys. He has made it acceptable, indeed, necessary, to talk aloud about issues that had long been neglected by partisans of both parties.”

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