Thursday, November 17th
TRUMP CAMPAIGN LIKE READING A NOVEL!
Let me tell you just how Donald Trump became the nation’s
It’s really quite
simple. He had a compelling story to tell that resonated with millions of
Americans who have been browbeaten by the continuing and tiring clichés that
have been coming out of the mouths of both political parties for decades.
The Trump victory could have come right out of a best
I have a small publishing
company and am asked for editing help and content suggestions on a weekly
basis. It’s part of my job to recognize a captivating story. And if ever there
was the right occasion to spin a good yarn that many readers could identify
with, Trump’s timing was perfect.
Remember that President Obama swept into office in 2008,
with the wind at his back as he promised hope and change.
But as Maureen Dowd wrote this week in The New York Times
, “Obama lost touch with his revolutionary side and settled
comfortably into being an Ivy League East Coast cerebral elitist who hung out
with celebrities, lectured Congress and scorned the art of political
Hillary Clinton continued to stir the fires of resentment
by giving over 75 speeches to Wall Street powerbrokers at more than $200,000
each. Besides a message of “continuing the legacy,” middle class Americans saw
little change and the curdling of any real hope.
Thus the foundation for “Trump-The Novel
I tell any aspiring novelist that a compelling suspense
narrative needs to include several elements.
There needs to be a threat, a villain, a victim, an opportunity, a
solution and a hero.
these essentials from the get-go, and built his initial campaign rhetoric on a
direct appeal to blue collar America, many of whom had gone from the hope of
2008 to the hopelessness of 2016.
out his story by addressing each of these elements.
Immigration, globalization as jobs moved overseas, new technology that allowed
computers to replace workers, racial and cultural anxieties, and a feeling that
the Washington elites were completely out of touch.
The Victims - Blue collar Americans, many
who were either out of work, or who were facing a changing and lowering of
their previous standard of life. The
guaranteed healthcare and retirement benefits had become a thing of the past
for many workers, with many losing their jobs all together and others hanging
on by a thread.
The Opportunity - Trump saw an opening in this
widespread frustration and made a simple and forceful call to arms. Make America Great Again. The nation hadn’t
won a war since World War II, and the country was enmeshed in military
brushfires all over the Middle East. The
haves were making big bucks in the stock market while the average wage earner
was just trying to keep his head above the economic fray. To many, America was
falling behind, and it was time for someone to call for a rebirth of past
greatness. In stepped Donald Trump.
The Villain - You’ve got to have a bad guy
in any novel. Trump focused his attacks
on immigrants, foreign trade deals and the establishment centered on Wall
Street and Washington elites.
The Solution - Build a wall, cut taxes, drain
the swamp in Washington where lobbyists control the agenda, make other
countries have more skin in the game of terrorist protection. It was a message the resonated throughout
white collar America.
The Hero - Of course, none other than
the novel resonated with millions of Trump supporters who saw a larger than
life billionaire as the whiplash to the hope and change promised in 2008.
Trump’s story of how he won has been written.
will lit be a best seller? And will
there be a sequel? We will find out in
four years. But whatever happens in the
future, I’m ready to be his publisher.
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has a compelling story to tell.
had a beautiful, I've had a flawless campaign. You'll be writing books about
this campaign.” – Donald Trump, July 29, 2016
Brown’s syndicated column appears each week in numerous newspapers throughout
the nation and on websites worldwide. You can read all his past columns
and see continuing updates at http://www.jimbrownusa.com. You can also hear Jim’s
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