Personally, I have never really liked Donald Trump. However, while I’m not a big Donald Trump fan, to say the least, the painful truth of the matter is that he is virtually the only thing standing between us and perhaps an even worse Hillary Clinton presidency. As much as I wish this were not so, it is true.
So having said that, please allow me to be so bold as to give Donald Trump what I think is some much needed practical advice. At this point, whether Trump becomes the next President of the United States depends completely on Trump. If he loses this election, he will have no one to blame but himself. He will not be able to blame the never Trumpers, Ted Cruz, the liberal media, some bizarre conspiracy theory, or anything else for that matter. Trump needs to come into the next debate against Hillary and act like he wants to win. He needs to go after Hillary more aggressively on the issues where she is extremely vulnerable like the corrupt Clinton Foundation, the Arab Spring, Benghazi, her porous borders strategy, her prospective liberal judicial appointees that will cause us to lose the judiciary for a generation, her email scandal and violation of the Espionage Act, her lack of accomplishments despite her 30 years in public life, the Obamacare disaster, her failure to use the expression “Islamic terrorism,” the internet giveaway to the globalists, our exploding national debt under Obama, and the economic malaise that our country has been in for several years thanks to Obama’s big government economic policies. Hillary has absolutely nothing to offer America other than four more years of the same, or perhaps even worse, and Trump needs to routinely remind us of this fact.
Trump needs to put her on the defensive. He needs to have terse answers that change the subject rapidly away from himself and back to Hillary concerning all the peripheral and tangential issues that she (and her ally and debate moderator Lester Holt) kept raising during the first Presidential debate. Such issues included Trump’s failure to release his tax returns, his derogatory statements toward women, his shady business practices, the birther issue, his alleged racist past, and the fact that he does not possess the right temperament to have his finger on the nuclear button. (By the way, the Democrats have been using that last issue in virtually every presidential race since Barry Goldwater was the Republican Presidential nominee back in 1964. Moreover, regarding Trump’s mistreatment of women, how does Hillary Clinton have any real credibility on the issue when she has spent a lifetime covering for her husband who has sexually harassed, groped, and even raped a plethora of women?). Since these issues worked well for Hillary in the first debate, they will most likely be brought up again in the next two debates. Trump needs to be ready to give a fast defense to these issues and then quickly pivot and attack Hillary relentlessly where she is extremely vulnerable. He needs to quit being defensive and spending so much time defending his past. Instead of reacting emotionally to criticism of his past, he needs to instead focus on where Hillary is weak, and there are many glaring weaknesses to exploit. While Donald might care about protecting his reputation as a “winner” and may want to vindicate himself in every detail, the fact of the matter is the average American really couldn’t care less. (So Donald, don’t dwell too long there.) Trump needs to understand that it’s not all about him. The country is at stake.
And most important, if we are to board the Trump train, Trump needs to clearly explain where he is taking us? Proverbs 29:18 says, “where there is no vision the people perish” (NKJV). What is Trump’s vision for the future of the country? At some point, he must move away from necessary negative attacks against Hillary and also paint a positive picture for the future. What will Trump’s America look like? How will his presidency make us a freer, safer, and prosperous people? How will it improve the quality of our lives and those we love? If Trump wants to win he also needs to start talking about something that I never hear him mention, that is, reducing the size and scope of an overly intrusive and burdensome government upon our lives. If you count all of our federal, state, and local taxes, the average American works nearly half the year to subsidize the government and the rest of the year for themselves. Specifically, how will a Trump presidency change this sad predicament?
All of this will also involve Trump putting in more rigorous debate preparation. Not only does he need to act like he wants to win but he also needs to prepare like he wants to win. After watching Monday night’s debate, to me it was obvious that Hillary came far more prepared to the first debate than Trump did. Hillary really wants to be the next President of the United States, and Donald needs to project this same image. It’s time for “the Donald” to put his game face on. He only has two debates left to show the American people that he will be a superior choice for President than Hillary. A lot of people are counting on him as their last hope to derail the Clinton machine, or what I like to call the Clinton crime syndicate. Hillary is the most vulnerable candidate that has ever run for the Presidency. If Trump does not beat her, and defeat her handily, it will be nobody’s fault but his own.