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Where Are Trump's Advisers?

Where Are Trump's Advisers?


By    |   Monday, 17 October 2016 01:06 PM EDT

Many U.S. presidents have advisers that help vault them to the White House.

Many remain advisers throughout their administrations.

Barack Obama has David Plouffe and David Axelrod. Karl Rove earned the nickname "Bush's brain." Bill Clinton had Carville and Begala, etc. Donald Trump is Donald Trump's brain.

At best, advisers have been able to keep him on course for a week or two before he goes on another 3 a.m. Twitter storm.

With the election still nearly a month away perhaps, it's too early to conduct a postmortem on the 2016 election. Nonetheless, when a non-partisan political analyst such as Charlie Cook Tweets: "This race is over" (Oct 13).

Sorry, my Trumpian friends but you've bought a seat on the Trump-tanic.

If The Donald is looking for another "brain," I offer the following un-requested advice: Mr. Trump, every "questionable" utterance by you, and about you, since the beginning of your quixotic crusade for the White House, has led to the inescapable conclusion that Donald Trump is not fit to be commander in chief. 

Polling consistently show huge majorities say he's unfit to be president.

The "unfit" paradigm didn't happen because of any particular attack or any one thing that he's said. The combined result of everything has voters asking themselves one question: "Do I really want to put the nuclear codes in Donald Trump's hands?" Voters have responded with a resounding no! That's the low bar that Trump can't get over.

Trump has 20 plus days to convince voters that he will never use nuclear weapons unless another nation used them against the U.S. first.

If I were Trump's brain, I would tell him: Stop trying to beat back every attack by each person, forget about the press, don't undermine our democracy with the "rigged" narrative and above all stop fighting with Republicans whether they support you or not.

Ignore all the nonsense and stay on message. Shrug your shoulders when the media asks about your personal issues instead of America looking forward from Jan. 20, 2017.

State, running for president against the Clinton machine, you expect a lot of mud to be thrown. You're a real estate magnate and reality TV star, not a politician. You haven't led a "vetted" life.

The press is a willing participant, but there is no winning in the mud.

Explicitly assure the nation you will never be first to use nuclear weapons. The first executive order you will issue as president is: U.S. policy is never to use a nuclear weapon unless another country attacks the U.S. with nukes first. Including any other order to the contrary from President Donald Trump.

It's a rock-solid, no-nukes first policy. Repeat as necessary.

Use the rest of your time to compare what would happen in a Trump administration versus Hillary Clinton's.

Trump's versus Hillary Clinton's vision in a couple of easy to understand and believable sentences on:

  • The economy
  • Jobs
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • Taxes
  • The debt and deficit
  • Government corruption
  • Voters should decide on these issues.

Trump has run little paid media. In the remaining days, the campaign must blast away with advertising where Hillary is most vulnerable. Trustworthiness and truthfulness are her Achilles heel. Use Scott Pelley asking if she has always told the truth, and her weak response, "I've always tried to."

Show the lies versus the truth: Bosnia running for cover, her email lies versus Comey's statements, Benghazi versus the men on duty and the Gold Star Moms, lies about the foundation and questionable dealings that enriched her and Bill.

Hillary has the highest negative scores of any major party's presidential nominee, other than Trump. Hillary is unlikable, but few think she will have a nuclear temper-tantrum. Trump hasn't cleared that hurdle.

I'm unlikely to be Trump's brain. Even if he followed my prescription, the odds are daunting. So, with Donald's best interest in mind, and apologies to the chairman of the board, I suggest this concession speech on Nov. 8:

And so I face the final curtain.
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.

Regrets, I've had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;

To think I did all that;
And may I say — not in a shy way,
"Oh no, not me,
I did it my way".
Yes, it was my way.

Andy Bloom is a former communications director for Rep. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, and as operations manager oversaw content for Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Philadelphia for eight years. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.


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Trump has run little paid media. In the remaining days, the campaign must blast away with advertising where Hillary is most vulnerable. Trustworthiness and truthfulness are her Achilles heel.
Axelrod, Begala, Carville, Plouffe, Rove
Monday, 17 October 2016 01:06 PM
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