And do not underestimate him. Yesterday a little after 11 AM, Donald Trump did something few thought he would: officially entering the GOP Presidential race. And while it may be easy to dismiss this campaign as an egomaniacal publicity stunt, but it’s clearly not that simple. Here’s why.
1. Who he’s hired If Donald Trump were not serious, would he waste his time (and his money) by hiring some of the best people around for his team? In Iowa, he picked up Chuck Laudner, a respected grass-roots operative who many see as responsible for Rick Santorum’s 34-vote win in 2012. In New Hampshire, his team includes political veterans who have worked with Senator Kelly Ayotte and Marilinda Garcia, and Trump’s Coalition Builder is State Rep. Joshua Whitehouse. In South Carolina, he counts on Jeff Tailon, who has managed campaigns for Nikki Haley and Henry McMaster, Gerri McDaniel, who ran Newt Gingrich’s successful campaign in SC’s 7th district. His SC director will be Ed McMullen.
2. He’s actually in this time Trump has flirted with running as early as 1987 and as recently as 2011, and while he kinda-sorta ran as a Reform Party candidate in 2000, this is the only time he has taken the all-important step of officially entering the race.
3. He resonates with people Trump is a straight shooter, and won’t hesitate to tell you what he thinks, with no concern for your “feelings”. People like that. And after 8 years of equivocating and bet-hedging, the republican base (as well as the general election populous), would like that very much in a Presidential hopeful.
Will he win? I don’t know. Will he be a factor? Bet your bottom dollar he will. So, love him or hate him, The Donald is in. And he means business.