If I Were Donald Trump I Would Say….
By Joseph Jacko, M.D. | August 9, 2015 | www.antiagingworld.net | EddieFleming.com
This may be a shocker, a real surprise, but I have not been asked to be a stump or debate writer for Donald Trump. But, after watching the first Republican debate I think he could use some help. If I were Donald Trump I would say…
But, before we get into that this is not an endorsement of Donald Trump, though personally I do like his moxie and unapolgetic no-nonsense approach to politics, and quite frankly we need more of that. Nothing improves with the status quo that’s why it’s called the “status quo”. In times like this we need an out of the box thinker not shackled by the the prevailing thought or dogma of our institutions whether it be politics, education, medicine, or economics. We need someone to shake things up a bit – and he is doing exactly that.
Obviously, this article has nothing to do with medicine, health, or anti-aging, but it does have to do with effective communication which has been a goal of this website. Most of our articles average around 300 to 600 words and take one to two minutes to read (the average reading speed is 300 words a minute) – the same amount of time a candidate gets to answer a question in a political debate – or at least what we call debates. They really are not debates in the true sense – just glorified Q&A sessions broadcast to the masses who could not attend the actual debate.
Taking much information and distilling it into its essentials and articulating it into 300 to 600 words or one to two-minute answers is not easy – trust me. I have dealt and struggled with trying to be an effective writer in the nearly 700 articles I have written for this website.
That’s my qualifications to write this article about effective communication as I take a stab at political commentary. First, some of my personal opinions.
Donald Trump running for President is a good thing for the overall election process. Number one, more people watched the debate on Fox News than anytime in history and it’s doubtful that would have been the case if Mr. Trump were not running for the presidency. Hopefully, more voters will continue to watch the debates (assuming the Democrats have any) and educate themselves a little more than they have in the past. One thing Mr. Trump is doing is getting to the core of the issues and has hit a nerve with the voter. He’s awaken them. That’s good.
Regardless of how Mr. Trump eventually fares he is creating and providing a blueprint for success for the eventual nominee should it not be him – be yourself, abandon political correctness, be straight forward, be unapologetic for your beliefs, don’t try to win over every voter, don’t be afraid to upset the apple cart, and it’s okay to put the gloves on and throw a few hay makers – just do it judiciously. Will anyone else take his lead or adopt his blueprint?
Despite liking his honest “tell it like it is” blunt and upfront approach I think he would be wise to tone down some of his comments without becoming politically correct. People are responding to his message, but they don’t want to be personally offended either. And, they want someone who shows he/she is in control at all times, and someone who looks and acts Presidential. They want someone with an upbeat demeanor, an optimistic message, and specific plans. Likability is also a key to most elections. He needs to master being politically savvy without being politically correct – there is a difference between the two and he can do it without overhauling his personality.
When it comes to politics people target who they fear. And, Mr. Trump is getting it from all sides – the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and the media. They are definitely afraid of him, but thus far many voters who have had enough with career politicians are siding with him. That may change as the field of candidates gets winnowed down and the smaller pool of better candidates begin dividing the fixed pool of voters, which is why he needs to keep evolving (improving) as a “politician”.
Now for what I would say if I were Donald Trump.
The first question of the debate was posed by Bret Baier, “Gentlemen, we know how much you love hand-raising questions. So we promise, this is the only one tonight: the only one. Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person.”
If saw the debate you know that Mr. Trump was the only one to raise his hand.
If I were Mr.Trump I would have said, Listen, Mr. Baier I’m in it to win it. And, if the only way I can win is to run as Independent than I will consider that possibility because I believe I am the best person at this time in history to lead this country back to greatness.
Hey, I’m paying my own money to run for office unlike the other candidates on either side who are beholden to and purchased by big money corporations and even foreign countries in the case of Mrs. Clinton through her – hmmm hmmm – so called Foundation. I’m not exactly spending millions of dollars of my own money to lose. I can pay my own way because this country gave me unbelievable opportunity and I seized it! Opportunity – that’s what I want to make possible for all Americans regardless of gender, color, creed, and nationality.
Plus, Mr. Baier how many of these nine gentlemen standing on stage with me tonight will support me if I win the nomination? That’s the bigger question. It cuts both ways.
Also, this notion that I will take votes only away from the Republican nominee, whoever that might be, is total and utter stupid nonsense. It is no secret that I have supported liberal positions so why is it that Republicans think I would take votes only away from the Republican nominee if I ran as an Independent? I appeal to the vast majority of the voters who are in the center – being conservative on some issues and more liberal on others. So the dynamics are much different now if I were to run as an Independent than when Ross Perot ran as one. He was too conservative for the Republican Party. He appealed to a narrow segment of the Republican party. My support crosses party lines. I believe when people hear and see what I want to do for this country that I will siphon off an equal number of votes from the eventual Democratic candidate, Mr. Martin O’Malley, or whoever.
Why does everyone think Hillary Clinton is going to win the Democratic nomination? What record does she have to run on? We have heard of “four dead in Ohio”, but we have “four dead in Benghazi” because of her. Would she have become Senator of New York or Secretary of State had she not been the First Lady? No way! She’s been riding Bill Clinton’s coat-tail most of her political career. What has she accomplished that she has earned on merit alone without using the “Clinton” name? And, she’s the best the Democratic Party has? This email controversy isn’t going away either and is only going to intensify and at some point the big money donors who call the shots for the DNC are going to get nervous about her.
Plus, she has never created one job that didn’t require taking money from taxpayers, if that. That’s not how you grow an economy. That’s not how you make a country great. You make a country great by growing the whole pot, the whole pie, the whole enchilada so the whole population benefits. Also, does anyone really believe that she will be President to all Americans, or just those who vote for her – like Obama has done pitting one segment of the population against the other?
The enchilada reference should garner some Latino votes for Mr. Trump. I have two half Mexican sons so I can say that!
Now for the second question posed by Megyn Kelly. First, I would always address her as “Ms. Kelly” in these debates to be more professional and not call her “Megyn” and refrain from calling her “bimbo” on Twitter. It’s important to stay classy and stay above the fray and not resort to name-calling.
Here was Ms. Kelly’s question, “Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”
If I were Donald Trump I would have said,
Ms. Kelly you know that many of these comments have been taken out of context and many were said in humorous settings. I have women working in my corporation and businesses at all levels of management. And, they are outstanding and they are paid very well, let me tell you. Trust me, they are paid very well. Heck, as smart and sharp as you are could make more money if you worked for me. Hahaha (always good to throw in some humor and be complimentary).
Yes, I may have made some comments about women that some might consider inappropriate, but I have never tried to destroy the life or career of a woman like Hillary Clinton has. What she has done to Kathleen Wiley, Monica Lewinski, Paula Jones – jeez there are so many names of women out there that she has tried to destroy I can’t remember them all – but trying to destroy these women for speaking the truth and standing up for themselves – is shameful. And, it’s un-American. Yet, she lets her husband off the hook for his deviant behavior. Plus, she pays her female staff poorly – that’s been well documented. Is that the kind of woman we want as a role model leading this country? One who destroys women? One who doesn’t value the work efforts of women? I’ll let you answer that Ms. Kelly. Is it?
Now for future debates. One thing that is thrown out a lot by political reporters in their questions are these “gotcha” terms like “fairness” and “equality” without ever defining those terms. They’re designed to make a candidate look uncaring or not compassionate. If I were Donald Trump, or any candidate for that matter, I would ask the reporter asking the question to define what he/she means by such terms. Make them commit and even stumble by trying to define such terms “fairness” or “social justice.” Trump should make them define the term first, and then answer using his definition and show how inadequate or misleading the reporter’s definition is.
I would refrain from calling our current leaders “stupid” or “weak” even though they are. Doing so may offend the voters who voted for them and you are trying to win them over. I would simply refer to them as “ineffective leaders who have let us down and exercised poor judgement.” Or, “they have allowed their thirst for power make them lose sight of the reasons the voters elected them.” Those are examples of being politically savvy without being politically correct.
Also, if asked if he’s afraid he’s going to turn voters off with his brazen and unapologetic style…
I would say this if I were Donald Trump…
I may lose some voters because of my style, but I’m counting on the fact that more Americans appreciate my style and what I represent and what I can do to help restore greatness to this country. Americans know that the typical status quo career politician is why this country finds itself at a crossroads. Americans know this country is in huge trouble and realize we need a President who is a strong leader, who is going to call it like he sees it, who is going to be honest, who is going to whatever it takes to make America great again. And, I will win that voter irrespective of my style.
We need a President willing to put in long hours to get the job done. I own golf courses but guess what? The last thing this country needs right now is a President who spends time on the golf course as much as Obama does as this country stumbles into shambles. Not only has he racked up more debt than all previous presidents combined, he’s probably played more golf than all of them combined. During my time in office as President you won’t see me playing any golf. There’s too much to fix. And, with your help together we SHALL fix America and make it great – again. That’s a promise!
It’s way too early to predict how things we shake out in these Presidential primaries and way too early for any voter to have made up his or her mind. Personally, I think this is the strongest group of Republicans in a long time and about five or six would make a very good President and have a reasonably good chance of winning for different reasons. Trump has money, the lead, and name recognition, but it’s hard to lead start to finish. Kasich is from Ohio and no Republican has won the Presidency without winning the state of Ohio. Plus, he is used to the camera and has name recognition from his days at Fox News hosting Heartland with John Kasich.
Rubio and Cruz have Cuban heritage and started life with very little and have risen to the top of American politics. Both are articulate with Rubio being more likable. Christie, Perry, and Walker have been/are governors who typically have better administrative and management skills than US Senators running for Presidency. There really are no character flaws among these candidates, either.
But, if I had to handicap the field – today – and pick a dark horse to be on the ticket I would pick Carly Fiorina to be that person. This is especially true if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic Primary as Ms. Fiorina would certainly divide the female vote once Americans know her – and there are far more women voters than Latino voters. She has a compelling story. She has risen to the top of Corporate America as a female. She is a breast cancer survivor having had a double mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy. She is real. She is genuine. She has class. She is what a real woman should be. At the end of the day more women will identify with her than they will with Mrs. Clinton.
But, there is more to her. Carly Fiorina is above the other candidates in being an effective communicator. She also has great command of the issues and already has shared what she will do as President in some detail unlike the other candidates (watch the video below where she is introduced at 7:24). Like Trump she’s not a career politician but is more polished. She’s does her research. She’s prepared. She’s doesn’t stutter or hesitate. She’s focused with her answers. She keeps her answers factual. She doesn’t resort to name-calling. She can articulate extraordinarily well in one and two-minute sound bites – and all of that plays well in the debate format we have. And, she does it with professionalism, grace, and style – something we haven’t seen in the White House in nearly 30 years.
The quality and competency of the person we have elected for the Presidency has progressively declined with each successive election since 1988. Both Bush 41 and 43 were quality people but incompetent leaders. And, a Bush 45 would complete the trifecta. Clinton was a competent politician (not sure I would call him a leader), but poor quality person. And, Obama is neither competent nor a quality person, though he’s been successful or competent in destroying America from within transforming it into the weak America he wants rather than the great and exceptional America true Americans want.
If the quality of our politicians mirror the quality of society then we are in decline as a society. And, we need a change and we need to change. And, we need to do it now! There are no more tomorrows.
Dr. Joseph Jacko, M.D. Biography
Dr. Joe is a native of the Buckeye state and returned to his roots in 2012 having practiced in Texas and South Carolina. He is board certified in internal and sports medicine and his main practice interest is helping patients achieve optimal health through hormone replacement therapy (men and women) and exercise and nutrition.
Dr. Joe has trained and practice at some leading institutions in the country including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic and Aerobics Center, Texas Orthopaedic Associates, Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics Medical Institute.
He received a BA in Biology from Wittenberg University and completed his medial training at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Joe completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in 1989 and he completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship in 1990 at the Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic, whose physicians were pioneers in the field of sports medicine.
Dr. Joe gained his first exposure to the importance of exercise and nutrition when he started his career at Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas.
Most of Dr. Joe’s career has been in the area of primary care sports medicine and served as a physician for the Dallas Independent School District and as a volunteer physician at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
He is a certified fitness trainer through ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association).
Dr. Joe has given numerous talks on sports medicine, exercise, nutrition, and hormones. He has two chapters published in Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic: Sports Medicine Book and is in the process of writing his first book based on content he has written for AntiAgingWorld.