My latest column is up at AND Magazine.
Here is an excerpt:
In the high political theater that is the 2016 Presidential Primaries, it seems that most candidates are playing a part. Chris Christie pretends he’s a conservative, as he does every time he runs for president. John Kasich pretends he’s relevant. Jeb Bush pretends he hasn’t already lost. Bernie Sanders pretends he understands basic economics. Mark O’Malley pretends he might just have a chance. Hillary Clinton pretends her entire history in politics isn’t just a long string of scandals, lies, and failures.
But the true Oscar winner this election cycle has been Donald Trump, who has managed to dominate media coverage throughout the campaign season thus far, and currently leads the polls in the GOP primary.
It’s difficult to pin down just what Donald Trump believes in (other than Donald Trump). His positions have vacillated wildly over the years, and even during his current campaign. Many of his positions have more in common with the Democrat Party than with Republicans – to the point that, on a stage filled with too many candidates, he is the only one to have advocated for universal health care.
“I play to people’s fantasies… I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration, and an effective form of promotion… My leverage came from confirming an impression they were already predisposed to believe.”
-The Art of the Deal
In fact, the only area where Donald Trump has significantly distinguished himself from the Left is on the issue of immigration – and even there, he’s been a bit difficult to pin down. He gained popularity early on with calls to build a wall on the Southern border (and have Mexico pay for it, an idea which he has been less-than-clear on how he would implement), to banning all Muslim immigration…yet at the same time, he has come out and stated that he’s open to amnesty for illegal aliens.