Why Trump is a Genius

Republican presidential candidate Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester

Donald J Trump is a political genius… or at least he might be. Over the course of the current presidential elections he has shown to be incoherent and to promote hate, fear, racism and other abhorrent behaviors. And you would think that such a candidate would never have a chance to win much votes. However the result is completely opposite: Trump is the leading GOP contender for the upcoming elections.

So let’s step back a little and do a small mind game. Let’s step into the shoes of a presidential candidate. What’s the objective of the game? To get as much votes as possible. So how do you get people’s vote? Well, you convince them that when you are the president you will do things that will benefit them. The problem starts when you understand that by favoring a group of people, you will be almost always opposing another group. In other words, you cannot keep everyone happy. Thus the logical way to go is to favor the biggest group in the room.

This approach is easier when you have a small number of voters since it’s easier to understand where the majority stands. However when you are running for presidential elections, it becomes nearly impossible to know which stance will warrant you the most votes. And hence the Trump strategy: instead of using the same stance everywhere, just modify it as you see fit to keep as much people as you can happy. This is why you can find videos of Trump contradicting himself almost for everything he has said.

Basically Trump is just a people-pleaser. The words that come out of his mouth have only one objective: to get more voters. And this is a big problem because when candidates start acting in ways which will give them the most votes, the side that ends up losing is the voters. In other words political campaigns’ incentives are not aligned with democracy. People should vote for the candidate they feel represent them the most. But when candidates start acting as Trump it becomes impossible to know which candidate will represent which ideology. Once one crosses the line, then the others need to follow in order to compete. This is also another example of why unbounded competition leads to undesired results.

And I know it’s hard to hear, but so far Trump has been playing the game pretty well. Whatever he has been communicating, it has struck with a lot of people, and has gotten a lot of votes. Whether these folks are dumb enough to believe exactly what he is saying, or whether they are voting because Trump has been the best at playing the game is something we might never know. However you see it, the phrase In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve has never been more true.

If you want to read more on Trump’s thoughts and ideologies, this book is a great reference to understand his frame of mind

Author: Andres Paez

Tech’er, writer, programmer, life enthusiast.

28 Replies to “Why Trump is a Genius”

  1. I don’t agree with the author of this article. I think Mr. Trump has been very consistent in his agenda and vision for the American people.

    Post his election, those were the same agenda he jumped into which he spoke about pre -elections.

    It’s a political game. Most politically leaders whom Mr. Trump gave a hard fight and rose as a President are giving him difficult time now. These are people from both within and outside the Republicans.

    1. Trump’s presidency is a variant of the traditional story, ‘The Emperor’s clothes”. Either you believe what you see, or you fool yourself into believing what you want to believe. For me, it is scary to realize that a significant minority of Americans believe that Donald Trump is just what America needs. Hopefully, we’ll get through the next 3 years (or less) unscathed.

  2. I agree with this article that he plays to the gallery (galleries) and tells them in simple language what they want to hear. He is also a showman known widely by all. He is very rich so was able to fund his campaign I suspect without being beholden to any vested interests. Genius as a showman perhaps, but as a President of the USA ………Time will tell.

  3. You have the wrong candidate…it was Hillary Clinton that pandered to her audience including using whatever means necessary hot sauce, sniper fire, slang and a southern drawl when and where needed. Trump was consistent. Neither one was authentic.

  4. A world stage was given to either a baby or retard. There’s risks to take but there’s limits…Trump-just coz there’s a God, the reason we’re still holding on with no chaos.

  5. No surprise here ,he says it in his book , The Art of the deal . Ouote “you tell people what they want to hear ,play to there fantasies then you close the deal”
    I just did not realize there were so many stupid people walking around in America.

    1. All over the world, no matter which country you choose, people generally are dumb. All you have to do is look at history, that will clarify if for you. Open your closed (dumb) eyes.

      1. To be fair there were 3 million more smart Americans who saw that Trump was a con artist and vote against him. That is reassuring there are more smart people in America. But it doesn’t matter in the US because the Electoral College system has over the Last 16 yrs elected two of the worst US presidents ever George W. BUSH AND DONALD TRUMP. Even though more people voted against them. You can’t fool all the people.

      2. more likely uneducated, illiterate, miss informed, Or know very little about history or what is happening around the world. Either not interested has no means to or more interested in football or such like. not bothered to learn of things of importance or the TRUTH. TOO much fake news and half truths. –PROPAGANDA

  6. America is weary of uncertainty. How could it have gone from Obama to Trump? It must have been the self funding aspect. I should have listened to his speeches more. ..to get more of an idea of how he slipped through so many gaps. So many negative opinions from the people. …and he is dishonest. .
    .*}rigged vote (?).

    1. It’s less about the mental derangement of Donald J. TRUMP. There are plenty of academic studies about the prevalence of psychotic in the business community. Ted Bundy by the way was also active in Republican politics as he murdered women across AMERICA.

      Trump is no genius but in America wealth grants that title to a loser and chisler like Trump. Bernie Madoff got caught and was charged tried and sentenced. Trump has been caught many times for violating the Equal Housing orovisions; violating New Jersey Casino laws; consorting with organized crime etc. But for some reasons prosecutor’s reached settlements. Land development is one of the most corrupt businesses around.

      A shark as a tiny Brain. It is a perfect killing machine…but no way as intelligent as a whale or dolphin.

      Trump is a business shark. Tiny predator brain whose skills at enriching himself through 4 bankruptcies is extraordinary.

      But it really is about a broken American Democracy. That A President who us supposed to represent all the people gets elected despite losing 3 million votes to Clinton reveals America to be a Prentendocracy.

      Ya ya electoral college bla bla bla…The electoral college was developed as an anti-democratic weapon by the elites. It either should be scrapped or reformed to give more weight to the winner of the popular vote.

      The Trump travesty of winning the Electoral College while losing the popular vote was the second time in 16 years with Gore winning the popular vote but W winning the EC.

      That meant that angry embittered rural America with their anti immigrant pro guns white supremacist prejudices though a sad and pathetic 19th century remnant are now using the psychotic Trump to destroy America as a nation.

        1. Margie the people didn’t want Trump 51 million voted against Trump will 48 Million voted against Trump…in other words 49 % of Americans wanted Hillary Clinton and only 46 million Americans wanted Trump.

          What you have in the US is not democracy. The people see Trump for the fraud and loser he truly is.

          Trump was wrongly declared President by the anti Democratic Electoral Colleg.

          Do you understand this our would you like me to explain further.

          The American people do not want Trump more people voted against this life long criminal.

          Remember the fraud Trump perpetrated with Trump University where he stole or tricked people like you out of $35,000 to take courses that did not deliver what they promised.

          1. I am a senior citizen: = little bit of wisdom and knowledge. As far as I can see America has always had Apartheid, although many point fingers at us in S.Africa. Not forgetting the Apartheid gov. could not be voted out due to false seats . ( every little town that was Afrikaans had a seat in Parliament plus a million mainly English white voters only had 1 seat in Parliament) LET IT BE KNOWN more than 50% of mainly English whites never voted for that Government. America has had one terrible civil war and little has changed. PRES. TRUMP IS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IS GETTING RESULTS WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT? Will end by voicing the knowledge of what a lot of people CLAIM AGAINST YOU AMERICANS. “Americans are dirty dealers, Only interested in the dollar no matter at whose or what cost, SO YOU SEE THIS IS THE OPINION OF AMERICANS SO STOP PINNING ALL ON YOUR GREAT AND BEST EVER PRESIDENT.

  7. Trump is indeed smart. He knows the most important things. Look at how he got the Jerusalem question very right!
    He was despised by his rivals at both his party’s primaries and at presidential elections but that did not prevent him from winning. Unlike the usual US president, he has no experience in US politics or military yet he won the hearts of the electorates to be given the nod just on his first attempt.
    It’s unfortunate his opponents still have not realised the futility of their hate strategies. For instance the useless “Fire and Fury” written by a LOSER is laughable.

  8. I just like Trump’s strong character and his bold courage. He speaks up on issues and delivers on important things that matter to the Americans. That is the kind of President America needs. Negative comments are predominantly from the opposition. The past leadership were paying treating terrorist and other threatening issues with kids gloves which were about to destroy America and its economy (the wanton killing of Christians by heartless Isis, high risk nuclear matters, tax regimes that were stunting business/economic growth, unnecessary external funding etc). The security and economy is bouncing back to stability and I think Americans should support Trump to make the country great again.

    Davos Should be sorting out what each and every country are good at supplying or making or producing. and therein support each other so all can win and prosper.

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