I hope you watched Donald Trump’s nationally televised speech last Friday in front of a packed football stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
Trump gave America the most inspiring, off-the-cuff political speech since Ronald Reagan. He hit every note necessary to capture the respect and support of working class voters, blue dog Democrats and independents. And he didn’t even need a teleprompter!
I’m certain now that we all just witnessed the next president of the United States. Donald Trump is a freight train. He is a steamroller. No one is stopping him now. Not the biased liberal media. Not the GOP establishment. Not NBC, Univision or Macys. Not Hillary Clinton. Especially not Joe Biden.
Everything just changed in the blink of an eye.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on August 21, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama. The Trump campaign moved tonight's rally to a larger stadium to accommodate demand. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
My favorite line of the night – “We’ll make America Great Again … and it will be FUN!” That’s the key to Donald’s relentless success. He’s making politics fun and interesting again. He’s turning politics into a reality TV show. Trump is “The American Idol.” He’s making ordinary Americans tune in, instead of tuning out.
Trump has given us something Democrats always have and we never do. Star power. Celebrity branding. Trump is the Republican John F. Kennedy.
I feel bad for the rest of the GOP field. Because they are all talented, articulate, credible and the best damn crop of candidates in one place, at one time, in American political history. But it’s like putting a $100,000 Mercedes next to a Ferrari. The Mercedes looked great until the Ferrari showed up. Now all eyes are on the Ferrari.
Politics is show business. Trump is the showman. Trump attracts the crowds, the ratings, the attention. In any other time and place, Jeb Bush or Scott Walker or Rand Paul or even big-mouthed Chris Christie might have been the stand-out star. But this is “Trump Time.”
The packed football stadium in Alabama made it clear it’s time for the rest of them to step aside and get behind the man that can lead, inspire, and turnaround this once proud nation - the only candidate with the energy, personality, chutzpah and star power to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”
GOP Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul … we love you all. BUT, it is time for you to go back to Washington, D.C., determined to help Trump once again make America the great “shining city on the hill.”
GOP Govs. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Rick Perry … go back to your states and show us how GOP principles can make America great again.
Mike Huckabee, you were a wonderfully inspirational TV host. I’m sure they are holding a spot for you at FOX. You’re very good. But there’s only one Donald Trump.
Then there’s Jeb Bush - a good and honorable man. Jeb served his state well, but it is time for the Bushes (as well as the Clintons) to get off the political stage. It is time for people like Donald Trump - citizen politicians with charisma, chutzpah and fire in the belly to inspire and take the lead to “Make America Great Again!”
That leaves two exceptional people: Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson. Carly, you are clearly an outstanding leader and I have no doubt you will have an important role in any future Trump administration.
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That’s the beauty of Trump. There’s a GOP Dream Team to be assembled by CEO Trump. Trump is perfect for that role. In addition to being an inspirational leader, Trump is the perfect leader to hire the best and fire those who have made a mess of America.
Contrast that to Barack Obama. He could be the worst CEO in the history of mankind. But why should that be a surprise to anyone? Based on his qualifications before becoming a U.S. senator, I wouldn’t hire Obama as manager of a Diary Queen.
I saved the best for last: Dr. Ben Carson. Quite frankly Dr. Carson, you are one of the most amazing human beings God ever put on this planet. You may actually be too good for politics. When I watch Ben Carson, I see a modern day Martin Luther King. You are the man to inspire and bring hope and change, not just to the African American and minority communities, but to all Americans, especially the younger generation.
Could Ben Carson be Donald Trump’s vice president? Our nation is divided. Our health care system is in crisis. Our veterans are being mistreated. We need Donald Trump at the top of the ticket because winning the presidency demands a showman. Humble doesn’t work at the top of a presidential ticket. Ask Mitt Romney.
But Dr. Carson could be the perfect right-hand-man to Donald Trump in charge of healing race relations, repealing and replacing Obamacare, and making sure our vets are treated with dignity and respect. I’d trust my life, my healthcarevand this country’s most valuable resource, our veterans, with Ben Carson any day.
Now, I know there are those of you who say Trump can’t get elected. Baloney! All bets are off with Trump’s energy, electricity and bigger-than-life personality. Trump’s message of protecting, creating, and bringing jobs back to America for wage earners, including union workers, and those at the lower end of the income scale, including the young and new legal immigrants, will be a winning one. Trump’s message of rebuilding an America where the children of legal citizens once again have opportunities will resonate with all Americans- white, black, and legal Hispanic citizens. I believe Trump’s electric personality will win black voters in record numbers to the GOP. And of course with Ben Carson at his side, that success multiplies.
And, remember, in politics above all else…it’s “always the economy, stupid!” If that’s the theme, Trump wins 1,000 out of 1,000 times.
In one wild speech with 30,000 fans attending, Donald Trump went from controversial candidate to a man of destiny. This was Trump’s Presidential moment.