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Columnist's Open Letter To Donald Trump

Monday, 25 Apr 2016 11:33 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Dear Mr. Trump:

From your business acumen to your sense of humor to your unprecedented ability to “tell it like it is,” you are a man of many admirable qualities — qualities, not coincidentally, that are requirements for a successful president.

Which is why it’s so frustrating to watch you continue to implode.

Despite being firmly in the driver’s seat just a short time ago, controlling your destiny and potentially that of the nation’s, you now find yourself flailing, unable to regain your once-unstoppable momentum.

Sure, you won your home state, and will likely do well in the Mid-Atlantic, but barring a miraculous finish, you’ll come up short.

Open convention or not, if you don’t get your head in the game, you’ll be flushing your chances for the GOP nomination down the toilet, and with it, the hopes of many.

That’s unfortunate. Donald Trump will land on his feet, no matter what. But what about the millions who expended blood, sweat, and tears fighting for you; and defending you when your antics were indefensible?

What will you say to those who, justifiably cynical, had given up on representative government and succumbed to apathy?

And yet, because of you, they found themselves daring to believe.

Awakened from their slumber, their passions ignited by your ability to take on a lazy media, a corrupt establishment, and a politically correct world, they re-discovered hope.

How will you look them in the eye and tell them you tried your best when you refused to stop hurling insults and belittling all who oppose you?

Given that your staff seems to be filled with “yes men,” and in spite of an apparent hearing problem that precludes you from listening to common sense, here are a few “Freindly” suggestions:

Stop whining. No one likes a chronic complainer, and to many (even some supporters), that’s what you’ve become.

Take the delegates. When you lose a state or its delegates, you typically engage in an insult-laden, whining tirade about how you’re being cheated.

Yet when you win, as you gloat and call opponents names, we hear none of those complaints. Which is it? You can’t pick and choose based on how well you perform in a particular state.

Be consistent. You had the resources to hire the best and brightest, but given that Ted Cruz is outmaneuvering you, you didn’t put the proper team in place. Fine. Rectify it and move on.

But blaming your delegate losses on a grand conspiracy by the Party elites to defraud you is make-believe. The rules haven’t changed, so stop acting like they were. You wouldn’t enter a business negotiation without having done your homework, and you should have treated the primaries the same way.

Be prepared. Every candidate makes gaffes, and the American people will overlook them, so long as they’re about policy minutiae or the name of the president of Guyana.

But stumbling on major issues, such as abortion and visas for skilled foreign workers, ostensibly because you were unprepared, is a killer.

Giving bush-league answers, and then taking multiple positions in rapid succession, is a recipe for disaster. Let’s be honest: if someone had made a similar error regarding a business deal on your reality show, you would have yelled, “you’re fired.”

Stop playing the victim. The perception of Donald Trump is a nasty, mean-spirited bully who can dish it out like a champ, but can’t take an iota of criticism.

Instead, he resorts to hurling insults, threatening lawsuits, and boycotting people who have “offended” him.

Americans see your feud with FOX’s Megyn Kelly and refusal to participate in debates as an ominous harbinger.

Will you walk out on China during trade negotiations because you don’t like a question they ask? Will you boycott media organizations that criticize you? Will we go to war because you refuse to employ diplomacy and restraint when it’s warranted?

Start spending your own money. As this columnist wrote in October: “Trump made a huge error by not spending $100 million on a nationwide ad campaign showing a kinder, gentler Donald Trump.

Since he is the only one who could afford such a blitz, he could have defined the campaign, leaving his opponents powerless to respond. Incomprehensibly, he did the opposite, putting away his checkbook and accepting campaign contributions.”

No better time than the present, Mr. Trump.

The winner will be one who can appeal to a broad constituency. That leaves you out in the cold.

But if The Donald opens his wallet, stops hurling insults, demonstrates a firm grasp of the issues, and eats some humble pie, we could see the most exciting convention in history.

And who knows? You might turn out to be the GOP’s best “Trump card.”

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.


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It’s so frustrating to watch you continue to implode. Despite being firmly in the driver’s seat just a short time ago, controlling your destiny and potentially that of the nation’s, you now find yourself flailing, unable to regain your once-unstoppable momentum.
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