I have worked with and for people like Donald Trump.
You see, such people have minds that move very fast through mountains of information and are satisfied if they capture about the most relevant 20% of the key points that convey 80% of the story. They then have no problem telling you how much they know about the subject, while messing up on the 80% of the points that tell only 20% of the story.
Their minds can move faster than their mouths at times; while delivering a message to an audience, they might forget about the specific angle that should be taken with that audience – not that the message is different, but that different points need be emphasized or minimized.
They will move to tangential subjects if asked – even if not as prepared on these; they do this for all of the aforementioned reasons, plus they believe they are the smartest person in the room.
Such people can be great successes at business – the most successful people focus on the 20% that give 80% of the value; handling the rest is why they hire others.
My advice to such people is always: stay on point. If Trump sticks to the following points, he will win the election and win it in a landslide. In each case, Trump’s message – when he stays on point – resonates with many Americans.
War and Foreign Intervention
Trump has the perfect candidate to run against on this issue, as he not only has Hillary’s record to attack but also Bill’s. Bill began the road of expanding NATO and closing in on Russia; Bill used NATO as an offensive force in Yugoslavia. Hillary, meanwhile, has yet to meet an intervention she didn’t like.
Press Hillary on Russia; press her on where her road leads; paint the picture of the folly of placing the safety of the United States at the whim of or in defense of Turkey or some Baltic country.
Do not back off; do not give half-hearted answers: even if Latvia pays its share, are the people of the United States ready to risk a ground war or even nuclear war in defense of Riga? Is there any reason on earth for the United States to risk nuclear war over Crimea or Donbass?
An unequivocal “NO” in answer to such questions will gain and keep many votes – including from many democrats and independents.
Plenty of voters and previously non-voters are sick of these. They see them for what they are: impossibly complicated treaties that ensure only the largest and most connected companies can sell and compete overseas while in exchange allowing for the import of foreign goods in a favored manner for the benefit of those same largest and most connected companies.
Bailing out Wall Street
Come out strongly against the actions of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve, especially during 2007 – 2009 but also continuing. Hit on the point that these have maintained and improved the wealth of the 1% while doing nothing for or even destroying the wealth and livelihoods of the 99%.
This is obvious to the 99% - they just want to hear someone pound on the message and state clearly how he will act differently.
Hillary & Bill Corruption
Talk about a target rich environment! I need not expand.
In each case, Trump can paint a picture diametrically opposite to where Hillary stands. In each case, this picture is attractive to a majority of likely and potential voters.
Donald – just stay on point.