Donald Trump is already thinking ahead to when he’s President.
LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Donald Trump said he was unlikely to have a good relationship with David Cameron because the British prime minister cast the U.S. presidential candidate as “divisive, stupid and wrong” for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Cameron criticised Trump in the British parliament over his call for the ban on Muslims and suggested that the New York billionaire, who is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, would unite Britain against him if he visited.
“It looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship, who knows?” Trump told Britain’s ITV television station in an interview aired on Monday when asked how ties would fare if he won the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8.
“Well number one, I’m not stupid, okay. I can tell you that right now. Just the opposite. Number Two, in terms of divisive: I don’t think I’m a divisive person. I’m a unifier, unlike our president right now,” Trump said, referring to Barack Obama.
Conventional opinion is that Trump has no chance against Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election. But conventional opinion was that Trump had no chance of even becoming the Republican Presidential candidate. Yet he now has that pretty well sewn up.
There are several reasons for thinking that Trump has a very good chance against Hillary.
Firstly, in national polls he’s narrowed her lead over him from 30% to about 5%. And this before he’s even started seriously campaigning against her.
Secondly, it seems that Bernie Sanders supporters won’t switch to Hillary if he gets knocked out: they’ll switch to Trump en masse.
Nearly half of West Virginia Sanders voters say they would vote for Trump. Did you see this? This cannot be comforting to them inside the bowels of the Democrat Party. Nearly half of the voters in the West Virginia Democrat primary who backed Crazy Bernie say that they would vote for Trump.
CBS reporting the exit poll: “44% of Sanders supporters surveyed said they would rather back Trump in November than Hillary,” 23% said they would support Hillary Clinton if Crazy Bernie doesn’t get it, 31% said that they would support neither.
Why on earth would left-wing socialist Sanders supporters switch to right-wing capitalist Trump? The answer is probably that they want change. Any change. And if they can’t get it from Bernie, they’ll happily take it from Donald. Because Hillary is the no-change, business-as-usual candidate.
Thirdly, Trump has just run rings around “Lying” Ted Cruz, “Little” Marco Rubio, and “Low-energy” Jeb Bush and 13 other Republicans. His current adjective of choice for Hillary Clinton is “Crooked”. (I wonder if he’ll think up an adjective to describe David Cameron. How about “Silly”? Because it was very silly of him to diss a potential Republican president.)
Fourthly, Hillary has got a whole slew of problems bubbling away at back. Like emails, Benghazi, and Bill Clinton’s bimbos.
And then there’s what Vladimir Putin warned Russian generals recently:
President Putin… further warned these military leaders about the facts regarding the American presidential election by stating to them: “If it’s Hillary Clinton, it’s war”.
The cartoonist Dilbert has a blog in which he’s been predicting for months that Trump will win the US presidential election by a landslide. He calls him a “master persuader”.
I also think that Trump will win by a landslide. But for a different reason: he’s a street fighting man. He even looks like a pugilist. And he’s just won his last 16 fights with Republican rivals. He’s the underdog who’s come from nowhere, and who’s beaten all the odds to get where he is, and confounded all the critics, and who’s pulling the crowd (i.e. the US electorate) behind him. They want to see him do the impossible. They’re willing him on to win.
What kind of president is he likely to be? Probably a lot less radical than people imagine. The scare talk about him reminds me of the scare stories that accompanied the election of Ronald Reagan. A movie star becoming a US president? How awful!
Will he do anything for smokers? Probably not.
But what do I know?