(Chuck Muth) – I don’t know if Donald Trump ever read “Rules for Radicals,” but in many ways his presidential campaign is embracing Saul Alinsky’s strategies/methods against Alinsky’s protégé, Hillary Clinton.
Consider this advice from Alinsky and tell me if it rings any bells…
“The job of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a ‘dangerous enemy.’”
Sound familiar? Mission accomplished.
“The word ‘enemy’ is sufficient to put the organizer on the side of the people, to identify him with the Have-Nots…
A common refrain from the Trump campaign: I’m with you, she’s with the old guard.
“…but it is not enough to endow him with the special qualities that induce fear and thus give him the means to establish his own power against the establishment.
Clearly the Washington, DC establishment – including the GOP establishment – perceive Trump as a powerful opponent. That perception has fueled his grassroots movement.
“Here again we find that it is power and fear that are essential to the development of faith.”
If the faithful didn’t have faith that Trump was powerful enough to actually prevail against the establishment, his campaign never would have taken flight. As for “fear”…
“This need is met by the establishment’s use of the brand ‘dangerous,’ for in that one word the establishment reveals its fear of the organizer, its fear that he represents a threat to its omnipotence.”
From today’s Washington Examiner…
From a July 19 interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose…
Hillary: “What (Donald Trump) has laid out is the most *dangerous*, reckless approach to being president that I think we’ve ever seen.”
Rose: “The most *dangerous* man ever to run for president of the United States?”
Clinton: “I believe that.”
Me, too. But not to the country.
No, Trump is the most dangerous man to the cabal of status-quo Washington, DC “insiders,” of which Hillary is a charter member.
And if Alinsky’s right and Hillary’s one of his disciples, I find it hilarious that every time she and the Trump-hating media call him *dangerous*, they’re helping to GROW his support, not diminish it.
Alinsky recalled an incident when he went to speak and organize in Chicago’s black community and the press attacked him for it.
Alinsky notes that the “hysterical reaction of the establishment” validated his “credentials of competency” and also ensured popular support among the masses. Indeed the reaction in the black community, according to the author, was…
“The way the fat-cat white newspapers are ripping the hell out of Alinsky, he must be all right!”
So you go, CNN and CBS. Keep it up New York Times and Washington Post. You’re being “Alinsky’ed” by Trump and don’t even know it. I’m feeling a 57-state sweep in November.