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Out of the ordinary presidential politics

Cynthia E. Griffin | 3/17/2016, midnight
The results from the latest round of presidential primaries and caucuses demonstrated that 2016 is “not your father’s presidential election” ...

“I think his rhetoric is a little divisive,” Grant said. “At this point, we need a leader who is going to unite people.” Trump has made international headlines by promising to deport all illegal immigrants, build a wall on the Mexican/U.S. border and issue a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Although Trump has made outrageous comments and often plays fast and loose with the truth, he is drawing crowds to his rallies. Grant said Trump benefits from the current anti-establishment mood.

“They (voters) don’t really want politics as usual,” Grant said adding that much of Trump’s success comes from his messaging, his alleged business prowess and his extensive coverage by the media. CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves recently admitted that covering Trump was good for the media, because he brought great ratings.

“He gets things down to a soundbite,” Grant said.

Although Trump is currently the GOP front runner and has won several primaries, Grant said not all Republicans support him.

“I’ve talked to a lot of insiders who are worried what his election or nomination will do to the Republican brand,” Grant said. “I think it would represent a problem.”

According to Grant, Republicans, such as State Sen. Bob Huff, have worked hard to build bridges in minority communities, only to watch that work torn apart by Trump and his outlandish comments.

Grant said if faced with a choice between Hillary and Trump, he wouldn’t vote for either of them. He said he would leave his ballot blank or write in a different name.

John Wood Jr., second vice chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, also expressed reservations about Trump. Like Grant, he said that he couldn’t vote for Trump or Hillary.

Woods credited Trump’s success to his talent as a salesman.

“A good salesman will make you think he’s your best friend after about five minutes,” said Wood who has seen Trump turn around and deny something he said a few seconds ago.

“And that makes him dangerous, because he stands for nothing.”

I think he’d say anything to anybody, said Woods.

Although Trump has made some offensive comments, Woods said he doesn’t think the candidate really believes those things. Wood said Trump’s plan for mass deportation of illegal immigrants was not realistic.

“I don’t think he’s going to deport anybody,” Wood said. “He’s just using it as leverage. I don’t think he’s a racist; I do think he’s an opportunist. I think he’s taking advantage of the prejudice and animosity that people feel towards certain groups of people in order to advance his political agenda.”

Woods said he expects a brokered convention and the eventual result will be Trump as the presidential candidate, with an establishment politician, like Sen. Ted Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich as his running mate.

World view of Donald Trump

By William Covington

OW Contributor

Some believe Donald Trump’s political rise is a scary time in America, and many in the United States and internationally, have compared the Republican presidential candidate to Adolf Hitler especially with the recent discovery of a New York Times article that was written by a journalist that focused on the campaign rhetoric of Hitler and was believed to be at the time was harmless.