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President 'The Donald' Trump and Surprising Consequences - Mod warning in OP

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,309 ✭✭✭✭alastair


    Whatever way you slice it, 62. People voted for him. They saw he type of campaign he ran and they still voted for him. I think a lot of that was due to he harsh things he was willing to say. I think the 'alt right' in the normal person is closer to the surface then ever.

    I looked up the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania and it's probably lower than you'd think at 5.4%. he didn't win Pennsylvania because of the unemployed vote. He won so many employed people's votes because he created a perception and made promises.

    Now, Trump has never been one for keeping promises. Chances are that he will get done new jobs and spin it into success. By the time all the builders move into town to build factories, buying breakfast rolls, pints, petrol, hookers and drugs (they all contribute to the local economy), clothes, food and using local day to day service like plumbers etc. The local economy WILL experience a boost.

    It will all he fuelled by debt but that's not the point over the short/meduim term

    You keep closing your ears to a certain truth - the voters who lifted his vote beyond typical GOP figures did so on the back of his platform. Spin isn't going to be a viable substitute for delivery for many of these people. You don't get to square that circle. If Trump fails to deliver, and he will, then that vote withers on the vine.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,209 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09


    alastair wrote:
    You keep closing your ears to a certain truth - the voters who lifted his vote beyond typical GOP figures did so on the back of his platform. Spin isn't going to be a viable substitute for delivery for many of these people. You don't get to square that circle. If Trump fails to deliver, and he will, then that vote withers on the vine.

    Trump is we rehearsed at smoothing ruffled feathers after not keeping a promise. If employment figures aren't in his favour, he can change the narrative to something else.

    Interesting point is that his numbers went up when there were terrorist attacks including the one in France this time last year. When people felt frightened and wanted security, they leaned towards him. If that's not a terrifying prospect, it should be. Once he turns the narrative to how dangerous the world is, he might not need the jobs from apple if he can get the people producing weapons instead. Nobody in the US would oppose national security. Britain has the NHS as a jobs programme and the US has the military.

    He banged the drum about how terrible things are in the country and people loved him for it. How can you argue that things are great for the average American/Irish/British person? He didnt say as much about the rest of the world. Once he starts frightening the bejesus out of Americans about how dangerous the rest of the world is, they won't be able to hold him to account for exactly how many jobs have been created in Pennsylvania. It'll be impossible to wade through the dead cats. He hasn't even focused on Iran during the whole process. Imagine he has that card up his sleeve and what he'll do with it when he needs a distraction

    Nobody has been as good at controlling the narrative as Trump. He can drop a dead cat on the table that genuinely distracts everyone from the media to the common man. He was always in control of the narrative for the entire 18 months since the start of the republican primaries.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,309 ✭✭✭✭alastair


    Trump is we rehearsed at smoothing ruffled feathers after not keeping a promise. If employment figures aren't in his favour, he can change the narrative to something else.

    Interesting point is that his numbers went up when there were terrorist attacks including the one in France this time last year. When people felt frightened and wanted security, they leaned towards him. If that's not a terrifying prospect, it should be. Once he turns the narrative to how dangerous the world is, he might not need the jobs from apple if he can get the people producing weapons instead. Nobody in the US would oppose national security. Britain has the NHS as a jobs programme and the US has the military.

    He banged the drum about how terrible things are in the country and people loved him for it. How can you argue that things are great for the average American/Irish/British person? He didnt say as much about the rest of the world. Once he starts frightening the bejesus out of Americans about how dangerous the rest of the world is, they won't be able to hold him to account for exactly how many jobs have been created in Pennsylvania. It'll be impossible to wade through the dead cats. He hasn't even focused on Iran during the whole process. Imagine he has that card up his sleeve and what he'll do with it when he needs a distraction

    Nobody has been as good at controlling the narrative as Trump. He can drop a dead cat on the table that genuinely distracts everyone from the media to the common man. He was always in control of the narrative for the entire 18 months since the start of the republican primaries.
    Whatever. Not buying it for a minute. Let's see where he stands in four years.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,048 ✭✭✭✭cnocbui


    Whatever way you slice it, 62. People voted for him. They saw he type of campaign he ran and they still voted for him. I think a lot of that was due to he harsh things he was willing to say. I think the 'alt right' in the normal person is closer to the surface then ever.

    I looked up the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania and it's probably lower than you'd think at 5.4%. he didn't win Pennsylvania because of the unemployed vote. He won so many employed people's votes because he created a perception and made promises.

    Now, Trump has never been one for keeping promises. Chances are that he will get done new jobs and spin it into success. By the time all the builders move into town to build factories, buying breakfast rolls, pints, petrol, hookers and drugs (they all contribute to the local economy), clothes, food and using local day to day service like plumbers etc. The local economy WILL experience a boost.

    It will all he fuelled by debt but that's not the point over the short/meduim term

    Some are now suggesting that perhaps some of Putin's hackers may have been altering votes in some of the crucial states:
    In Wisconsin, Ms Clinton received 7 per cent fewer votes in counties that depended on electronic-voting machines compared to countries that used optical scanners and paper ballots, and consequently Ms Clinton may have lost up to 30,000 votes. She lost Wisconsin by 27,000 votes.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/wisconsin-michigan-pennsylvania-election-hillary-clinton-hacked-manipulated-donald-trump-swing-a7433091.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,209 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09


    Trump's a social media, reality TV president. Even if his core voters are not watching reality TV, his appeal hits the very same instincts that reality TV does. You get to be on the side of right and you get to have your guy bully the guy who thinks he's the big swinging wotzit. Watch an episode of Ramsay's kitchen nightmares. The whole premise us that Gordon (your guy) encounters a bully/idiot, and you get to have your guy bully him into submission.

    That's one of the things people voted for and analysis keep missing probably because political analysts don't watch much reality TV.

    They want to see him bully people on their behalf. They want to see him mock black people after being shot by police (my prediction). They also want to see him being harsh on terrorists and illegal aliens and foreign countries like China and Iran.

    The funny thing is that if he bullies everyone, they will be more inclined to try to impress him. Look at the way he chops and changes his leadership team. For anyone else that would look indecisive and chaotic. He creates competition to impress him by being hard on people and I bet he gets very little challenge.

    Hrs not a politician and people voted for him because if that. You can't just expect him to to be held to the same standards as a politician because that's not what hey want right now.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,209 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09


    alastair wrote:
    Whatever. Not buying it for a minute. Let's see where he stands in four years.

    Nothing about his campaign has been conventional. Now you think it will all just settle back into convention? Things have changed. Trump doesn't play by the rules and people love him for that, not in spite of it. It's a strange convention and it's counter intuitive, but people love the strong man bully. I just hope he leaves office after 8 years and doesn't just hand it to one of his sons.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,343 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78


    Nothing about his campaign has been conventional. Now you think it will all just settle back into convention? Things have changed. Trump doesn't play by the rules and people love him for that, not in spite of it. It's a strange convention and it's counter intuitive, but people love the strong man bully. I just hope he leaves office after 8 years and doesn't just hand it to one of his sons.


    I hope he leaves in 4 or less


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,209 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09


    Wanderer78 wrote:
    I hope he leaves in 4 or less

    I think we all hope for that. I think we all hoped he was just running as a hit of a joke and yes drop out of the race after a few weeks...


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,309 ✭✭✭✭alastair


    Nothing about his campaign has been conventional. Now you think it will all just settle back into convention? Things have changed.

    His campaign doesn't change anything of the dynamics of commitments and expectations. The electorate will look for results on their concerns. No results, no faith in the platform. Things haven't changed in that regard.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,209 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09


    alastair wrote:
    His campaign doesn't change anything of the dynamics of commitments and expectations. The electorate will look for results on their concerns.

    This is where I think people are dead wrong. Trump isn't a One-off phenomenon. His election was based on different criteria from alll others in recent history. He played to the electorate's based emotions. Nothing about his election was based on facts because he didn't allow the campaign narrative to be about facts.

    Who would he start allowing the normal narrative to be established agai? It wouldn't suit him.
    alastair wrote:
    No results, no faith in the platform. Things haven't changed in that regard.

    Results? What results are you waiting for? The wall, email investigation, repealing Obama care? Don't hold your breath because his voters gave already moved on from the campaign rhetoric.

    He'll tell you the objective after he reveals the results. Everything else, he will treat as rhetoric.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,336 ✭✭✭Mr.Micro


    Wanderer78 wrote: »
    I hope he leaves in 4 or less

    It would not matter, as his administration would carry on. He is in for a tough 4 years IMO, all those promises he made. The huge pledges were symptomatic of a man bluffing, believing he would never be elected, so he could say anything,and he sure did, like a troll. Reality is a different animal.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,363 ✭✭✭KingBrian2


    alastair wrote: »
    I'll continue to point out the reality of the Muslim Brotherhood, that you don't seem to grasp. That they're not a proscribed terrorist group in the EU, in the US, in the UK, in Israel, nor in pretty much any countries beyond your pals in Saudi Arabia, and Russia, and that military junta in Egypt. Cameron's investigation concluded that there was no reason to change their designation to a terrorist group only last year. What makes you think that they've missed some vital information that you're party to? So, yeah, I'll deny it, and I'll be in good company. You enjoy your bedfellows.

    The MB in every way is a terrorist organization and just because it is not on a watch list somewhere in Europe, America or Israel does not make it any less of a terrorist organization. Once again you deny the vicious sectarian violence perpetrated by the MB against anyone they don't like. They had members intimately involved in Al Qaeda and these Islamists who hate democracy and spread terror are categorized as terrorist organizations across the region precisely because they engage in violence. Morsi came to power in Egypt through violence not true democratic process. The military had to be called in to rescue the situation and a subsequent revolution overthrew the Morsi. We might have had another Iranian revolution.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,343 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78


    Mr.Micro wrote: »
    It would not matter, as his administration would carry on. He is in for a tough 4 years IMO, all those promises he made. The huge pledges were symptomatic of a man bluffing, believing he would never be elected, so he could say anything,and he sure did, like a troll. Reality is a different animal.

    his administration worries me more than him, hes just a bloody fool but his administration is bunch of right winged extremists nutjobs. the next 4 years should be interesting to say the least


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,209 ✭✭✭✭El_Duderino 09


    Wanderer78 wrote:
    his administration worries me more than him, hes just a bloody fool but his administration is bunch of right winged extremists nutjobs. the next 4 years should be interesting to say the least

    A man becomes president by engineering the most ingenious and value for money campaign in recent history. Gets called an idiot.

    Don't be caught underestimating him like that. He's single minded and ruthless.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,343 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78


    A man becomes president by engineering the most ingenious and value for money campaign in recent history. Gets called an idiot.

    Don't be caught underestimating him like that. He's single minded and ruthless.

    in my world, he is not an intelligent man, ruthlessness can be linked to ignorance, and that is exactly what he is, ignorant, but as i said previously, im more worried about his administration.


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,311 ✭✭✭✭K-9


    Well the criticism of Hillary was she can't even beat Trump, Trump couldn't even get more votes than Hillary...

    Really the email scandal came back in perfect timing for him. There is always lots of knee jerk reactions after campaigns, but I'd say this is an election that the incumbent party did a lot wrong in the campaign and the opposition got in by default.

    Hillary just isn't liked or trusted and the FBI investigation was perfect timing to remind people of that.

    Mad Men's Don Draper : What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons.



  • Registered Users Posts: 33,749 ✭✭✭✭RobertKK


    According to CNN it was Kushner, his son in law who drove the Trump campaign to victory.

    Kushner had a bunker down in Texas with computer programmers to do a load of analysis work, to push messages, to increase the turn out at Trump's rallies.
    It was Kushner and his analytic's team that told Trump to target states that some thought was crazy and were clearly in Hillary's camp.
    That when the Trump team thought they had lost the election it was Kushner's team telling Trump that the data showed that all was not lost.

    I think a lot of people underestimated how disliked Hillary Clinton is despite winning the popular vote.
    Trump may have had the better ground game via modern technology.
    I don't think many voted based on Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Beyonce, Jay z, JLo, Katy Perry etc...

    Maybe Kushner's effect on the Trump victory is one reason why Trump wants to give him some role in his administration.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭Jan_de_Bakker


    alastair wrote: »
    Just to be clear... What's your special non-arrogant insight that suggests your opinion is any more informed than Cox's as to why people voted the way they did? Clearly ignorance played a significant role in both the pro-Brexit campaign and the Trump platform. So he might well be right.

    So what every Trump voter or Brexit voter is just uneducated ?

    You do realise that millions of Obama voters in 08 and 12 voted for Trump this time round ? - why ?
    Me myself I have always been for the democrats , I was over the moon when Obama won in 08 + 12 ... something has happened tho in the last few years that has caused this switch.
    I'm not saying Trump is going to be a great president, but his election is a reaction - a backlash
    against the ridiculous left and how far they are going.

    To say it's "White supremacy, Sexism, Fascism, Islamaphobia, Ignorance/lack of education" - it´s getting old,
    there is a lot more to it then that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,311 ✭✭✭✭K-9


    Well Trump definitely won the passionate online game, was it better than Obama has done before? We'll find out in time.

    Trump won the economy argument despite often swaying off topic and creating distractions for himself, Hillary just wasn't trusted to change anything up, just more of the same.

    But the Dems will learn a lot from this campaign, all they need is somebody fresh and different, nobody foresaw Obama in 04, nor indeed Trump on 012!

    Mad Men's Don Draper : What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons.



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭Jan_de_Bakker


    This is unreal, I'm listening to Pat Kenny here ... he has a "progressive" going on about how there could be a recount due to a hack - possibly by foreign powers .

    Are they SERIOUS ??

    These are the people who mocked Trump when he suggested the system could be rigged, who were worried that he wouldn't accept the results - and now look at this ?

    They really are unbelievable hypocrites.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,549 ✭✭✭swampgas


    This is unreal, I'm listening to Pat Kenny here ... he has a "progressive" going on about how there could be a recount due to a hack - possibly by foreign powers .

    Are they SERIOUS ??

    These are the people who mocked Trump when he suggested the system could be rigged, who were worried that he wouldn't accept the results - and now look at this ?

    They really are unbelievable hypocrites.

    Actually, regardless of the outcome of the election, there are serious concerns in the security world about how reliable electronic voting machines are and how easy it is to tweak them to nudge a close result in a specific direction.

    It wouldn't hurt democracy in the US to have this checked out.

    Some links:
    https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2004/11/the_problem_wit.html (from 2004 - but good background)
    https://www.wired.com/2016/08/americas-voting-machines-arent-ready-election/
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/07/27/by-november-russian-hackers-could-target-voting-machines/?utm_term=.d93385146fb2

    On a separate note, I'm really glad we have stuck with paper based voting in Ireland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,549 ✭✭✭swampgas


    Billy86 wrote: »
    Just wanted to point out that two of these three articles were written long before November 8th.

    Absolutely - the point is that there have been long-standing concerns about electronic voting in the US, and that rigging the election by hacking the machines is entirely plausible.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 23,495 ✭✭✭✭Billy86


    swampgas wrote: »
    Absolutely - the point is that there have been long-standing concerns about electronic voting in the US, and that rigging the election by hacking the machines is entirely plausible.

    Oh yeah I do get ya - just pointing it out in case anyone missed it and made an incorrect assumption or whatnot.


  • Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 28,799 Mod ✭✭✭✭oscarBravo


    These are the people who mocked Trump when he suggested the system could be rigged, who were worried that he wouldn't accept the results - and now look at this ?

    They really are unbelievable hypocrites.

    Are they the same people, though? Do you have specific examples of people who mocked Trump for suggesting the system could be rigged, now claiming that the election was rigged?

    It's not hypocrisy if different people are saying these things.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭Jan_de_Bakker


    oscarBravo wrote: »
    Are they the same people, though? Do you have specific examples of people who mocked Trump for suggesting the system could be rigged, now claiming that the election was rigged?

    It's not hypocrisy if different people are saying these things.

    Good point, im jumping the gun myself a bit there, anyway was just thinking about his twitter account - surely they will take that off him when he is sworn in ?

    It's a howl .. but would be very un presidential for him to be tweeting in that style from next January..


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,363 ✭✭✭KingBrian2


    Good point, im jumping the gun myself a bit there, anyway was just thinking about his twitter account - surely they will take that off him when he is sworn in ?

    It's a howl .. but would be very un presidential for him to be tweeting in that style from next January..

    Oh I don't know it has proved invaluable so far and keeps him in touch with the electorate. Obama had his Blackberry and just like Trump he is smart with technology. This election was all about Trump whereas Hillary lost the voters online and at the workplace. Will we ever forget he responded so quickly when lives were lost in Paris and Orlando. People might criticize him for laying into the Muslims but he connected with a lot of hurt people.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,019 ✭✭✭✭murphaph


    Wanderer78 wrote: »
    I hope he leaves in 4 or less
    Exactly 4 is fine thanks or do you want Mike "gays can be cured with shock therapy" Pence running the show?! 😱


  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭✭ Aron Millions Boot


    murphaph wrote: »
    Exactly 4 is fine thanks or do you want Mike "gays can be cured with shock therapy" Pence running the show?! 😱

    Genius on the part of Trump unfortunately.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭Jan_de_Bakker


    KingBrian2 wrote: »
    Oh I don't know it has proved invaluable so far and keeps him in touch with the electorate. Obama had his Blackberry and just like Trump he is smart with technology. This election was all about Trump whereas Hillary lost the voters online and at the workplace. Will we ever forget he responded so quickly when lives were lost in Paris and Orlando. People might criticize him for laying into the Muslims but he connected with a lot of hurt people.

    AFAIK they took the BB off Obama as soon as he was sworn in ... could be wrong though ..


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