To be trump or not to be trumped, that is the question I ask of thee
He was a dog of a presidential candidate…an underdog that is. The publishers for the top 50 American newspapers unanimously predicted that he would lose the race. His opponent was consistently ahead on all the polls even up to the day of the election. So confident that he did not have a chance in the dog fight, The Chicago Tribune printed and distributed the front page story announcing his opponent as the winner. On November 3, 1948, the headliner read “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Yet, against all odds, Harry S. Truman won the Presidential election of 1948. But that was not the first time that an underdog candidate became a US President. He was elected by the popular votes of the voting citizens of the States, as opposed to media moguls or other establishments. Mr. Trump would not be the first to be trumped.
Back in 1828, the first US president to win by the popular vote of citizens was Andrew Jackson. Up until that time, the President was elected and voted by the body of Congress. In the previous election of 1824, although he won the popular vote, the election was overruled by the elite leaders in Congress who handed the plum job to a more suitable, educated, sophisticated, and politically-established John Quincy Adams. . . [ms-protect-content] More to everyone’s astonishment was the fact that Jackson did not kill Adams for stealing the election from him. The Democratic Party of the United States is the oldest voter-based political party in the world, tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson‘s and James Madison‘s Democratic-Republican Party.  Although it was formed in 1792, the Democratic Party’s present name was adopted during Jackson’s term of office. He changed the course of American politics as the first president to have been elected directly for and by the people.
Several factors contributing to Jackson’s win were:
1) He mingled, met and interfaced with the voters which mutually endeared themselves to him. This new practice set a precedent for political campaigning. People felt akin to someone willing to leave the ivory tower to meet with them and hear directly from them and vice versa. He was the “voice of the silent majority”.
2) He ran on the new emphasizes of anti-aristocratic policies. He was the “anti-establishment” advocate.
3) He was already well known as a war hero. His name was a familiar, household name. He was the equivalent star to current TV reality shows, like let’s say for instance, “The Apprentice”.
4) He was a fierce fighter. Remember the battle of New Orleans when the attacking British Army lost 2000 lives vs. less than 10 to Jackson’s army?
He instilled a “sense of protection” amongst the citizens. He kind of “built a wall” to keep out invaders from crossing our borders.
Are you seeing the similarities yet between Jackson, Truman and Trump? Starting to sound vaguely familiar? It’s no coincidence that campaign strategist and managers study and understand the historical significance of successful wins and losses alike. History does repeat itself. Same story, just a different time and station.
The word Trump evokes highly charged responses. Regardless of where you reside in the world, chances are great that you are watching closely the American political process unfolding for a newly elected President in November. The US is in the midst of electing two presidential candidates: one to represent the Democratic Party and one for the Republican Party.
The media would like to choose, manipulate, declare, and predict who they prescribe to be the most suitable presidential candidate. Well, they are not too subtle about it. They have vehemently declared Donald Trump to be the dog in the race and yet he is leading with the delegate votes as the Republican nominee at this time of writing. For all his political inexperience and personal character flaws, it is more worthwhile to understand the popularity behind Trump. One just needs to see the winning trump cards behind Andrew Jackson to catch his spirit in Donald Trump.
Yeah, there is just one more similarity which I want to add. What would politics be without some juicy, scandalous, mudslinging, and gossip? It’s the wife and affair thing. Before marrying Andrew Jackson, his wife Rachael ran off from her husband and started living with Andrew. Eventually, she divorced her husband and married Andrew. The Adam campaign strategy exploited the sin for all it was worth. Although, she bore the scares of shame and felt ostracized by society for this, in the end Andrew Jackson still became the 7th President of the United State of America. Unfortunately, his devoted and cherished wife died of a heart attack within days after his election and before his inauguration in 1829. He served two terms alone without his wife by his side. So how will Trump’s past infidelities affect his candidacy? Is Mrs. Trump #3 right for the role as First Lady of the United States of America?
I do not want to take a pro or anti stance about Trump. Enough already has been said on that subject. I am just grateful to be living in a democratic nation where the people have the liberty to vote for their president. But if Trump doesn’t become the next US President, it’s not like he’ll be out of work. So what is plan B for Trump? Maybe he can be more involved with DAMAC Properties, the Dubai real estate development company. On 8 December 2014, the company announced that Tiger Woods would design the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai, which will sit at the centre of AKOYA Oxygen.  Well, he may have to make a few amends with the Muslims to be allowed back into their country.
To be trump or not to be trumped is the question which we all will wait and see.
1 Wikipedia, Democratic Party
2 Wikipedia, DAMAC Properties