It turns out that Trump may be quite aware of how vapid and light on heartfelt principles or convictions his campaign sounds to most reasonable people. According to a recording obtained by AP, Trump is merely jesting, he “assured” a secret meeting of the GOP establishment that he claims to oppose that it’s all a gimmick for votes
The meeting comes as part of recent attempts to improve his standing with the RNC, and a GOP mainstream that has been at times shocked, skeptical, and resigned at the idea of candidate Trump. Trump sent a team of emissaries, including lobbyist Paul Manafort and presidential candidate turned Trumpite, Ben Carson (whose defection has caused no small amount of outcry and sense of betrayal)
Among the issues leaked were Paul Manafort’s very frank admissions that Trump simply plays up an act to generate votes:
“When he’s out on the stage, when he’s talking about the kinds of things he’s talking about on the stump, he’s projecting an image that’s for that purpose. You’ll start to see more depth of the person, the real person. You’ll see a real different guy.”
All politicians have something of a game face they wear in public, but Manafort’s statement implies that Trump is entirely different from his public persona. Regarding the unfavorable view many have of Trump, Manafort went on
“He gets it. The part that he’s been playing is evolving into the part that now you’ve been expecting, but he wasn’t ready for, because he had first to complete the first phase. The negatives will come down. The image is going to change.”
This meshes well with Trump’s somewhat cavalier approach to his own message. As Trump himself admitted, he simply throws out emotionally charged sentences such as his proposed wall with Mexico to fire up the crowd’s emotions:
“You know, if it gets a little boring, if I see people starting to sort of, maybe thinking about leaving, I can sort of tell the audience, I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts.”
This appears to be part and parcel with Trump’s allegations of being quite duplicitous and two-faced attitude towards his own platform and his own supporters. Given Trump’s history of supporting liberal causes, it stands to reason that his sudden hardline take on immigration is simply another cynical tactic in his image cult. Trump, who already appears to be embracing liberal positions, is now assuring the GOP elites (the same ones his supporters are so sick and tired of) that he will moderate his message and make it still more liberal and centrist, even though many feel Trump is already a liberal on every issue except immigration (which, as he admitted above, is simply a topic to stir up crowds rather than a core belief).
Trump is also tipping his hand in the form of those whom he chooses to fill his upper ranks with. Trump has been scooping up “establishment” lobbyists to aid him in becoming accepted within the entrenched GOP establishment that he has claimed so often to hate. Chief among these insiders such is Paul Manafort, Trumps de facto campaign manager, who’s last major campaign involvement was Bob Dole’s 1996 bid, and has served as consultant in several other presidential campaigns. Manafort is also known for his lucrative, insider lobbying on behalf of what is called “the torturer’s lobby.” Among this lobby, who utilize Manafort’s connections through his firm, are such noble clients as Ferdinand Marcos (former dictator of the Philippines), Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (now the Central African Republic), groups suspected of being connected with Pakistani intelligence (the ISI), and most recently, Viktor Yanukovych (the ousted former pro-Russian dictator of Ukraine).
Will even this frank admission that Trump doesn’t really mean what he says deter his supporters? Probably not. For them, Trump is not a politician to whom they weigh issues and record, Trump is an emotional release of all the anger and frustration they have ever felt. Trump is a cult they can lose themselves in, a promise of a vague better future, punctuated by empty slogans and rhetoric that speaks to the heart of their fears. For them, not even the most blatant and open hypocrisy and flip flopping is enough to topple the image they’ve built in their hearts of their God-Emperor.
Trump seems to openly gloat about how gullible the GOP base is, and so far, we’ve been hard at work proving him right.