The Donald is Trump-ing the ’16 prez field

By July 12, 2015July 13th, 2015Presidental Race 2016

adriana-cohen-bh-cover-12july2015Trump is no chump, that’s for sure.

Since his attention-grabbing presidential announcement last month, Donald Trump is surging in the polls, dominating media coverage and drawing huge crowds when he speaks.

Not only did he trump all 15 GOP presidential contenders this week in the latest Economist/YouGov poll, just yesterday his rally in Phoenix was in such demand, the location had to be moved from a hotel to a much larger convention center to accommodate the thousands of people who wanted to listen to the Donald speak. The outspoken GOP front-runner is unscripted, honest and sincere. And voters find that straight talk refreshing in our politically correct culture, where one bad word, joke or comment can get you fired, attacked or labeled a racist.

So yes, voters on both sides of the aisle are listening to what the Donald has to say — regardless if they agree with his views or not. Trump is exercising his constitutionally protected right to free speech and he isn’t letting fear of public backlash or fear of losing business partnerships muzzle him.

He’s showing a spine.

That’s something that will be needed in any commander in chief who goes up against Vladimir Putin, Iran, ISIS and other dangerous enemies who wish “Death to America.” Here’s an important consideration: If a presidential candidate is afraid to speak his mind — in his own country — will he also be afraid to stand up to foreign enemies?

What a contrast to Hillary Clinton, who spends most of her campaign either hobnobbing with one-percenters at expensive private fundraisers at millionaires’ homes or roping off media and refusing to answer their questions. At this point in Clinton’s campaign, the average voter doesn’t know what she actually stands for as she’s refused to take any real questions from voters — or media — that aren’t staged or pre-screened by handlers.

Whether you like Donald Trump or not, what’s impressive is that he’s displaying leadership right now by shaping the topics that will dominate the 2016 presidential race — immigration, jobs and national security. Trump is setting the political agenda, not his opponents on the GOP ticket, nor the Democratic machine.

In the 2016 election, we could end up having the ultimate capitalist, Donald Trump, going up against the ultimate socialist, Bernie Sanders.

Now that would be a debate worth watching.

Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Boston Herald Drive” on Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.

Adriana Cohen

About Adriana Cohen

Adriana Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist and tv commenator. Adriana’s weekly column appears in newspapers and media outlets nationwide including Fox News, the New York Post, and many others via the Creators Syndicate. To learn more, visit the About page.