This is the type of thing that should have been announced near the time of the Republican convention, if not his speech at the RNC. At this point, it looks desparate
(UK Daily Mail) Donald Trump planted a flag on hallowed ground Saturday morning by laying out near the Gettysburg National Battlefield what he would do in his first 100 days as President of the United States.
Touting ‘the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,’ Trump told an audience of about 300 invited guests that he will ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, replacing the current government ‘with a new government of, by and for the people.’
The symbolism factor was high, with a campaign aide telling reporters Friday night that the Civil War battle in Gettysburg memorialized by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 ‘was the moment when the war turned.’
The problem here, besides being super late in the game, possibly too darned late, OK, assuredly too late, is that, as the Washington Post put it, Lincoln spoke of unity, while Trump spoke of a rigged system. He still hasn’t specifically asked for the votes of Conservatives.
He summed up the substance of his campaign in a ‘Contract With The American Voter’ – a point-by-point set of initiatives that track with the themes he has focused on for 16 months.
Take the name “Trump” out of it, and it mostly reads very well for the Republican voter, things that he proposes to start on day one in office. On government and corruption
Some are perhaps a bit lofty, but, hey, why not? For the American worker
For the most part, this is big ball, that rather avoids the “bread and butter” issues that American citizens really care about. It’s aimed more at the people who really follow politics. Don’t forget, TPP is loathed equally by lots of Republicans and Democrats.
Number one is something he should have been extremely vocal about months and months ago. Too little, too late.
He then jumps into 10 things for the first 100 days (it’s up to you to read the accompanying text)
This is his pledge.
Not too be too much of a negative nelly, but, again, it’s too darned late. Instead of whining about the media as much as he did, complaining about a rigged system, talking about this and that and the other, he should have been focused on the things in his Contract. He could have easily earned the votes of Republicans, while increasing his trust factor. Even with this, I don’t really trust that he would do what he says in this Contract. Instead of spending more time fighting with Republicans, he could have enticed them with this Contract. #NeverTrump might have mostly faded away. There would have been enthusiasm for policy, rather than personality.
Too darned late in the game.
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