Earlier this week both conservative media icon Rush Limbaugh and billionaire mogul Mark Cuban offered their takes on what has made Donald Trump so successful. Neither man was particularly flattering, which is odd, considering the great pains that Limbaugh has gone to ingratiate himself with Trump’s supporters, but both men’s comments seem fairly accurate.
Let’s start with Rush who called Mr. Trump an “Internet Troll,” though he was quick to point out that this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Rush was trying to explain how it was that Donald Trump could say and do so many things that would have ended the careers of other politicians when he used the generally unkind moniker.
“American politics is determined by trolls on the Internet today. It may be is not determined, but internet trolls have a lot of say about what people are thought of…Well, Trump is an Internet troll…With all of his tweeting. Trump is one of those guys. Trump has brought the Internet troll to the campaign.”
“Now, there’s a negative connotation to Internet trolls, but at the same time this is becoming mainstream… This kind of speech pattern, the way people speak, this is common on the Internet. This is the kind of stuff that people say every day, everywhere, on the internet multiple times a day, and nothing happens to them.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was a bit harsher with his critique of Trump’s campaign for the White House. While speaking on CNBC, Cuban implied that Donald Trump’s supporters don’t care at all about any of the “issues” being discussed in the race.
“They’re not coming out to the polls in record numbers because they like his position on any particular issue. They’re coming out because they’re trying to send a message. They’re sending a message that things have got to change and the one candidate that we think introduces change, particularly if you’re on the right, is Donald Trump.”
Cuban argued that while Trump’s supporters don’t care about the issues, most voters do, so Trump’s inability to articulate a clear (and consistent) stance on many important issues may end up being what brings his campaign down. “I think he really has to avoid the issues and that could be a real problem long term,” Cuban said.
I’m not sure that either man is 100% right, but it does seem like they’ve got an interesting argument to make. Trump’s command of the Internet and his ability to get his message out there will be one key to winning in November. The other key will be Trump’s ability to connect to new voters. If he can continue being “all things to all people” then the Clinton campaign will be facing a much tougher task than they first realized.
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