It was the last Republican debate of the year and all the candidates did pretty much what they needed to by their own playbook. There were no real surprises for anyone, except for Trump. The New York billionaire presented himself really for the first time as the leader of the Republican Party, which was completely by design. I saw it coming, yet apparently many didn’t. It continues to astound me how little people know about negotiations, whether they are buying a car or selling themselves as president—Trump has been working the wires of the entire political process for several months now—and has changed the landscape of perception entirely. On the stage in Las Vegas at CNN’s last big live event of the year before the Holidays, Trump clearly dominated—and the rest of the members of the stage looked like clear inferiors. Some of the other candidates might win a few states in the primaries but it is clear right now as of December 16th, 2015—unless Trump does something really crazy—that Donald will be the next President of the United States.
Now, beating Hillary, everyone seems to be so concerned about that—I’m not. I don’t even think it will be close. In a leverage game, Donald Trump holds all the cards—all the good ones anyway—while Hillary has only a hand of Jokers. If Trump could focus his attention on one candidate, Hillary would never hold up. If the Republicans want to win in 2016 and for many years to come, they’ll get behind Donald Trump while he tears Hillary, and her connections to Obama to shreds starting in the summer of 2016. I believe the lashing will be so bad of her by Trump that she may struggle to win a single state in a head to head election—including California.
A Trump presidency will be even more dynamic. He’ll use the same methods to get bills through congress, to balance budgets, and to bring nations to their knees without having to fire a shot. His staff will be some of the most competent people to ever hold public office and things will happen daily that nobody has ever seen before—the rate that things get done will be astonishing. Trump will use the same methods he used to destroy Hillary Clinton, won the Republicans over to his side and work the media like his own puppet show to bring nations to their knees. He’ll work Russia against Syria—mark my words, he’ll put Putin in his back pocket and he’ll choke off the cash going to Assad and defeat Syria without a single boot on the ground. Iran will be forced to open up all their secrets after daily media poundings by Trump, China will be forced to level the table in their currency evaluations and denounce North Korea leaving that ruthless dictator to rot alone and isolated. Trump will promote capitalism to Europe to save it from itself and he’ll pull most of the global billionaires into pouring their efforts of charity into the poor regions of the planet, like Africa and Brazil to pull them into the 21st century instead of the Obama strategy of bringing everyone else down. Trump will attack the premise of global warming putting the EPA on the defensive and opening up the oil fields of the United States into becoming the world’s greatest producer which leverages against the oligopoly of OPEC. ISIS will be a thing of the past within months because they’ll run out of money and the shadow governments behind them will be forced into hiding by Trump’s mouth.
Trump will expand the Second Amendment promotion of concealed carry around America, and will dramatically cut down on gun free zones. He’ll probably give his own press conferences each day and will work the job around the clock like nobody has since Calvin Coolidge. Trump will solve many of the world’s problems with his very aggressive mouth—he’ll play the high, low game of negotiation until he gets what he wants—and his abilities are clearly unmatched. It was quite evident in the CNN debate of December 15, 2015 that he was a master of communication and negotiation. Trump is addicted to deal making like some might be addicted to eating or sex—Trump has a mind that is alive, successful, and untouched by drugs or alcohol—his whole life. He essentially has the mind of a child before puberty—one that just wants to play and enjoy life, and for Trump that joy comes in making things through deals. The best job in the world for him would be President of the United States where every single day of office would be an opportunity to make big deals like he did with Trump Tower, or the West Side rail yards in New York City. I don’t believe there is a single downside to a Donald Trump presidency for anybody—Republicans or Democrats. I believe Trump is at his prime and can do things that nobody has ever thought possible. He’ll set the bar for the presidency incredibly high for at least the next century and that will make us all better.
Much of what Trump has been doing is clearly described in his book The Art of the Deal. Every trick shown in the nomination process, and all the ways that he will destroy Hillary Clinton—Trump has a track record of being so ruthless in his desire to win that she may never be able to show her face in public again. Trump may personally like the Clintons, but if they try to put themselves in front of something he wants—he will destroy them forever. Mark it on your calendar. I predicted much of everything that is happening now over six months ago, and six months in the future from this writing, I can see it as clearly as the words you are reading.
Republicans have to understand—you can’t just beat Hillary Clinton and pray for the day that Obama is out of the White House. Obama is a young man and he will be more damaging as an ex-president than he was as president. Obama will return to community organizing and will have charitable foundations that will rival the Clintons—and he will have an international stage to continue marketing socialism to everyone who will listen. He could do much more damage than Al Gore did after he left office. Republicans will have to fend off internal struggles within the party, natural international challenges to the White House that comes with the job, but additionally the periphery hen pecking that Obama will have the opportunity to exert as an ex-president. The next President of the United States will have to soak up so much media that there won’t be time for anybody else, and Trump is the only one who could do that. Trump would beat on those former activists—Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama so hard that they’d have to retreat into the sunset to avoid his combative presence. I am 100% sure of it.
It didn’t take long for Trump to win me over. Once I saw that he was serious, I put my chips on his card. He is the person I’d hire for the job and I have a way of knowing things about people. There isn’t a second choice. He doesn’t do everything that I’d like socially, but he does share with me a personal policy of not being intoxicated, never abusing tobacco products, and he doesn’t gamble in spite of owning several casinos. Trump is a predator who wants to win at any cost and what he leaves in his wake is truly beneficial to everyone—just walk around New York City. Without Trump, I think New York might have gone bankrupt in the 1970s. Instead, he amassed enough wealth to build Trump Tower and many other structures before he was in his mid-forties. Dealing to him is the best game he likes to play, and you really can’t hinge too much on the things he says—because he’s all about leverage. What you can bet on are the things he does. Behind him, including his children—are many grand successes. And for America, particularly the Republican Party—they’d be extremely wise to put that type of person to work on their behalf. Trump owned the stage with a change of strategy that was very calculated during the CNN debate—which put several assailants on their heels with indecision. But that’s just the beginning. Trump has a lot more in the tank, and you can see it in his eyes that he’s ready to unleash it. For the sake of our country—we need to turn him loose and let him do it.
It will be a lot of fun to watch what he does to Hillary Clinton over the next 6 months. She won’t stand a chance. She has too many secrets and entirely too much vulnerability—and Trump will expose them all with torturous detail—because he will do anything—and say anything to win, win—win. And I—as a long time Republican—don’t just want to see Hillary lose. I want to see her and her network completely destroyed. And Trump is just the man to do it.
Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman