This is my coming out article. I confess I’ve been a closet fan of American politics for the past six years. I went from fan to obsessive acolyte at the second national televised debate between Obama and Romney. I watched in awe as Romney found his voice and all but secured the keys to the White House.

By the third and final debate it was Romney’s to lose……and he did. It was an unexpected epic fail. I was devastated and by election night I needed alcohol to get me through the process, as my worst fears were realised. That was 2012 and I’ve counted the days until the next wave of primaries in the hope that the world would survive by a thread until America voted in a new leader of the free world. The days and nights were long as horror upon horror was inflicted upon an unexpected world. It seemed that no one was doing anything about it.


Finally, it was election year and the pretenders to the throne threw their hats in the ring. An awaiting American public would finally be able to cast their votes at a collection of senators, governors and the odd couple of Washington outsiders. Many more than I wanted to consider, but nonetheless let’s hear them out and see who’s who. That was just the Republican candidates!

For the Democrats it was Hillary and a couple of seemingly nonevent contenders merely there to chivvy along the coronation of “Now it’s my turn Hillary”….or at least, that’s what we thought. From out of nowhere an old socialist curmudgeon sent her veering to the left and the FBI set about measuring her up for a free orange pant suit. She could soon be headed for the ‘big house’ and not the ‘White House’.

One morning I turned on my TV to hear that Donald Trump was going to announce his entrance into the Republican race! All major networks promised to cover the event. So I turned off my mobile, made a pot of coffee and laid out a few snacks to enjoy as I waited to watch this bizarre idea of Trump running for president. Little did I realise that I was about to witness the opening ceremony to the greatest show on earth. When Trump descended the electric staircase orange, coiffed and above all incredibly confident; my jaw hit the floor.

As one who has spent his entire professional life being ridiculed for my “fluorescent tanned” complexion, I felt compassion for the man before he even uttered a single word. However, by the time he was three minutes into his speech, I’d put the foot rest down on my recliner and was sitting bolt upright hanging onto his every word. The distraction of his strange lacquered bouffant seemed…well, less of an issue!

From a TV technical point of view, I idolise his lighting man. He must travel everywhere with him. I’ve never ever seen him lit badly…..before, now or ever in HD. My personal bete noire has always been chronic TV studio lighting! I marvel at the way American networks beautifully light their studios and artists.

When his announcement was finally over, I was exhausted. As it was, I was still emotionally stretched after a particularly traumatic episode of The Kardashians from the night before! Maybe it was because I genuinely hadn’t expected such a no-holds-barred delivery. It felt like the man had reached through the TV screen and grabbed me by the scruff of the neck. I defy anyone watching on that morning to look away until he was done. Talk about car crash TV.

The point is I couldn’t look away for fear of missing an even more outrageous statement. Powerful stuff. I was truly offended at times and yet there were moments when he made total sense. I was insulted at times and then again reassured by other statements. I didn’t know what to think. I needed to separate the bellicose bluster from the assailant fiscal message.

Anyway, he announced his candidacy and what followed was unbelievable. It wasn’t so much the rhetoric from the liberal Left that astounded me, but the vicious, vile and all out attack from the pro-Republican commentators. When the opinion polls came in after his speech, the world was stunned. Trump was a hit. He knocked it out of the park! Even then, it was suggested by many that it was just a publicity stunt. If not that, then could he be angling for a prestigious position like ambassador in a safe sunny clime?

No matter the reason, it looked like a lot of high profile talking heads were in complete denial of Trump’s tsunami of support from the hitherto ‘silent’ majority. Privately, I suspect even Trump himself must have been amazed at the size of his following. I do understand that he regularly made some completely inappropriate comments and at times was just plain wrong. With every single incendiary volley he threw out there, his popularity shot up. In a normal primary cycle, any one of those comments would have been catastrophic. However, he survived and his numbers went through the roof.

It was at this time that his conservative detractors would turn up on any TV show to try to bring him down. They actually looked beyond angry and at times bitter, smug and arrogant. They couldn’t hide their fury at Trump’s growing movement.

Personally, I was disappointed at their display. I’d always respected, admired and understood their point of view. The one beacon of light was Charles Krauthammer, the elegant king of political commentators who offered a constant fair and balanced overview. He was pragmatic throughout. He clearly didn’t like Trump too much, but as my go to guy for political opinion and consideration, he’s just about the best truly objective opinion you’ll get.

It’s been a very long four years, but thanks to Charles Krauthammer, along with Greg Gutfeld, Harris Faulkner, Pat Buchanan, Juan Williams and Brit Hume, my sanity prevailed. Without them, I think I’d have lost my mind. Either that or I may have been forced to take an axe to my TV and resorted to Andy Williams and Dusty Springfield as my only aural influence. I really do take my American politics that seriously. There were times when even hallucinogens seemed an option, but I’m too old and not brave enough for any of that nonsense!

I could of course go on forever about the endless spats that have taken place as Trump has seen off his opponents, but it does beg the question, Why do I listen and fully understand his unstoppable grip on the electorate? Is it helped by the knowledge that sooner or later each and every one of the other candidates alienated me one by one? Is it because not one of them would be a match against Hillary in a general election? I wouldn’t mind, but I don’t believe she’s even a strong and persuasive candidate.

Is it because I’m a superficial guy who laps up bite size bulletin points administered through my TV by a self-funding billionaire and former reality star? For sure he’s unruly, coarse and extreme, but he’s got a rare quality for someone in politics. He is truly authentic. Is it because he cares and he’s supported by a wonderful family including two ex-wives?

The fact that they all get along so well takes some doing in itself!

Maybe it’s because I’m a quiz show host and I’m watching the ultimate game show? The contestants from both parties are fighting to the bitter end in the hope of winning four to eight years in the White House?

To get to the final round, here are your subjects; Health Care, The Iran Nuclear Deal, Immigration, The Economy, Jobs and Foreign Policy. The list goes on, but that’s not the only reason he’s In It To Win It. His attack on political correctness is reason enough, but that’s still not it. I’ll tell you why. He’s fearless and he promises to make his followers safe and prosperous. He loves his country and he’ll do his best to protect it from anyone who threatens its constitution.

He’s also recognised that the liberal Left and political correctness have bullied us into silence. And there’s the rub. You cannot bully Trump and at the same time, he’s got your back. That’s a safe feeling for the millions of his followers who feel ignored by both parties. They’ve had enough of the Washington two-step performed by the politicians they’ve put in power.

I started this article by asking, “Trump: Hero or Villain?” I’ve never met Donald Trump, so I have no personal insight into his character. There are many who have met him and benefitted from his acts of generosity and compassion. Those in need are many and they’re well documented. At the same time, his words have also given reason for many to feel hurt and threatened.

I reserve judgement on the answer to my question. How he steers his campaign from this moment on is going to be fascinating. He’s polarised an entire nation and whatever the outcome, as the saying goes, “you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. If anyone can come a little closer to disproving those words, it’s Mr Donald Trump. Well maybe not all of the people, but enough of them to matter.

Dale Winton is a television presenter, broadcaster and writer.

 

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26 COMMENTS

  1. The reason why Trump is attacked so viciously by both his own side and the other side, is because anyone who stands against the global enslavement of all people via the creation of an undemocratic, totalitarian global government is an enemy. Trump stands on the platform of actually representing the people who are voting- for the best interests of Americans and for the continuation of the USA as an independent nation. This goes against the objectives of the globalists- who want to destroy the USA so they can bring in their global government.
    Politics is no longer left vs. Right. Politics is now the nation state supporter vs. global government/Marxist supporters.
    This is the fight now. You are either on one side or the other. What side are you on Dale? Its not clear from your article.

  2. I cannot wait for the impotent fury that is going to be displayed by the BBC/Sky/Ch4/Guardian etc. when The Donald is elected POTUS in November.

    BTW Fox News keeps me sane – how I wish we had our own version of Fox.

    Oh yes, The Donald will triumph because unlike us, he has freedom of speech and can tell it like it is and also, he is not beholden to lobbyists/big money etc. as he is self funding. We are sacrificing our liberties, freedom and Western civilisation on the altar of PC and would rather watch The Fall of the Roman Empire II taking place before our eyes for fear of being called ‘racist’.

    Another fact that the odious Left forgets, strong leaders are admired hence the popularity of Putin, Reagan, Thatcher and love him or loathe him, Trump is an Alpha male and as a female I like leaders that are strong men not the pc vanilla metro ‘man’ that we are supposed to admire. I dare to venture as well, that men like strong leaders as well.

    Hillary represents all that has gone wrong, she is yesterday’s ‘man’ and will be toast in November. As Mr Trump has said, he has not started on her yet.

    Popcorn time, folks.

      • I’m not sure which of these segments I love the most…

        “We are sacrificing our liberties, freedom and Western civilisation on the altar of PC and would rather watch The Fall of the Roman Empire II taking place before our eyes for fear of being called ‘racist’.”

        “Another fact that the odious Left forgets, strong leaders are admired hence the popularity of Putin, Reagan, Thatcher and love him or loathe him, Trump is an Alpha male and as a female I like leaders that are strong men not the pc vanilla metro ‘man’ that we are supposed to admire. I dare to venture as well, that men like strong leaders as well.”

  3. Loved your article, welcome to TCW, where free speech still exists in the UK (and many thanks to Kathy and Laura for giving you and all of us this platform). As well as coming out as a US politics fan, are you coming out as a social conservative too?

  4. Enjoyed reading that, I’ve never been a Trump fan, never really had much of an opinion about him either way, like many Brits I’ve seen the golf course documentary that cast him in a very poor light, but then, I’ve also since then become so very much more aware of how media lies & distorts for its own ends, we see that almost every day with the Bbc bias & distortions.

    I’ve become something of a Trump fan, in fact quite a fan, and the reason is simple, the “normal” working people, the people who do most to add to a countries wealth & ultimate status are behind him, and I would be firmly behind them. The whole world is going to pot, and it will continue unless men & women are elected who aren’t afraid to speak the truth, who aren’t afraid to stand up for the “normals”.

    I only wish we had a Trump to counter those who wish to flood the country with cheap labour, who stands up for his own people, who respects what his country has enabled him to achieve, we have David Cameron, who can’t even stand up to Merkel, who would sell us all down the river and lie through his teeth whilst doing so.

    A country, any country, cannot help other countries if it’s on it’s knees itself, We need to get our own houses straight before we can assist others, and we should only be helping those who are prepared to dig in and help themselves. I wish Trump every success, if he wins America will prosper, it’s people will prosper, and we’ll all be better off for that.

  5. I’ve been listening to Trump a lot and going onto American websites and they are so enthused to have somebody who is not from the political elite who speaks up for the people in words they understand .He is not PC and is not afraid to speak his mind .

    I’m quite jealous they have someone at last to speak up for the mass of people and hasn’t allowed the media to strangle his persona .Any labels they have tried to give him he counterpunches and they don’t know what to do.

    I believe he will win in a land slide,oh joy when the BBC has to announce it.

    Thank you Dale for your debut….

    • I’m sure the BBC will manage to put some spin on a Trump landslide. Maybe something like “Clinton almost won”.

      • It will be lovely watching them as the states are called – Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio…

  6. Trump is not the candidate of the average working person – median income of those who voted in the primaries for Trump is $71,000.00 – Clinton and Sanders supporters have median income of 58,000 (rounding off) which is closer to the national norm. Only 12% of Trump voters are minimum wage earners – Clinton has 20% of that group and Bernie 18%.
    The media is lazy and mostly wrong – they decide on a “meme” and run with it regardless of facts. They decided Trump’s success is disaffected working class – it clearly is not.
    Nothing in the polls suggests a landslide for Trump although November is still far away so who knows what may happen.
    But yes, would be a pleasure to see the PC culture obliterated. The question is – is it worth all the damage a Trump presidency might do for that satisfaction?

    • ‘The media is lazy and mostly wrong – they decide on a “meme” and run with it regardless of facts’

      Great line! very true, I love it.

      Is Trump worth all the damage? Well an omelette certainly is! but I would refer you to another article on this site today by Andrew Cadman,

      Sometimes it is only possible that the establishment is reconnected with its roots in a disruptive way. Yes the results are inevitably messy, the American war of independence is a good example (and I’m a Brit) The ends justified the means on many occasions.

    • From what I have observed at his rallies and elsewhere he is appealing to working class people who have either lost jobs or having to work 3jobs with no pay rise .Also the decimated middle classes .He does not hide the fact he is wealthy and is funding his campaign so no one is pulling his strings .

      Is he in it for himself ? Who knows but the last 30 years of political class hasn’t really worked so its something different that people are enthused about.

    • “is it worth all the damage a Trump presidency might do”

      Is that somehow worse than the damage a Mrs Clinton presidency will do?

      • I know what Clinton will do – I have no idea what Trump will do. He says one thing on one day and another on another day. He has backed off on a number of positions. My concern too is the effect of his Presidency on our allies. If our allies see a Trump presidency as an indication of American’s losing the script they will back away from us. That will not be good and not easily repaired. Already the Australians are saying a Trump Presidency would cause them to reconsider their alliance with the US.
        Trump is yes an alpha male and that is attractive – but it is policy that matters – and his policies will do nothing to help the working class or relieve the economic, cultural and geopolitical problems we have. Clinton at least has a few “nibbling around the edges” proposals. And she is well liked abroad by other leaders.
        Personally I think they are both terrible candidates and I bemoan the poor qualities of the alleged leaders we have. I am getting tired of giving my support to such flawed creatures – what is wrong with us that this is the best we can find?

    • “Hmmm . . . here’s a fact; people who make $72,000 in this country are . . . wait for it . . WORKING CLASS!

      72k per year doesn’t make you wealthy, it makes you above poverty and not much more than that. I make well more than that and my wife brings home about half what I do and we have to be careful to make sure ends meet. We have three sons, so we spend a lot on groceries, but we don’t eat like royalty by any means.

      And we are pretty clearly ‘working class’ white collar Americans. (here’s a hint; working class IS middle class, the poor receive welfare and do almost as well as the middle-class, but they don’t have to work for it.)

      I am no fan of Trump, but I’ll vote for anybody who’ll build a wall on the Mexican border and I will vote for literally anybody who is running against Hillary. Trump is no conservative, but I don’t think he’ll try to sell the federal government to our enemies for a personal paycheck, or put our people in danger so he doesn’t take a political hit.”

  7. Dale Winton ? Really, I’m rather stunned. TV seems filled with the kind of lefty luvvies that despise the likes of Pat Buchanan.

    Dale said Pat was one of the few that kept him sane ? Really, did he say that ?

    Apologies Dale, I would have had you nearly boxed off as a lefty. I would have had you in the merry crowd of Trump objectors who were furious about his ever visiting Britain. Anything you wrote has unfortunately paled in comparison with the fact you wrote it. I’m giving it 5 stars regardless of the quality of the content.

    Can you come out in favour of Brexit as well ?

    Keep up the good work, I shall endeavour to be more open minded in future.

  8. We have not had a US president since George Bush Snr who knows what it is like to have a son.

    Since 1991, the most primal impulse – that of a parent to protect their offspring – of the most powerful person in the world has been directed towards the protection of girls.

    If Clinton wins, she will continue to unconsciously privilege girls over boys, with yet more devastating consequences for boys and men.

    • Hold on – Obama had a son – Trayvon Martin.

  9. ‘The point is I couldn’t look away for fear of missing an even more outrageous statement. Powerful stuff. I was truly offended at times and yet there were moments when he made total sense. I was insulted at times and then again reassured by other statements. I didn’t know what to think..’

    When Donald Trump makes a far-fetched opening statement, what many people don’t get is that this is a classic negotiating tactic. He is beginning to negotiate a deal. All deals (political or business etc ) nearly always start off with an over-inflated opening statement until eventually a deal is struck. Don’t believe the biased and snooty British press who are desperate to paint Donald Trump as a some kind of ignorant blow-hard – on the contrary, he is a very clever man – a master of negotiation tactics cultivated in the cut-throat world of business – this is what Trump does – he makes deals – and above all else deal-makers are hard-nosed realists… unlike idealists whose idealism will always undermine and weaken any negotiation position they find themselves involved with (see Barack Obama – Iranian nuclear deal).

    Trump is shrewdly positioning himself for the end deal – President of the USA.

    Excellent article Dale – enjoyable read.

    • I suspect the nearest you’ve ever been to a ‘business negotiation’ is watching daytime reruns of Dallas and Falcon Crest…

    • Completely agree – Mr Trump is a superb deal-maker, and will (once confirmed as the Republican candidate) start to moderate his more extreme positions in order to pick off the demographics in which he currently trails Mrs Clinton.

      The Scott Adams blog (yes, he of Dilbert cartoons fame) is very informative on the Trump campaign objectives and strategy –

      http://blog.dilbert.com/

      Just two further points – firstly, the separation of powers as guaranteed by the US constitution would have the effect of moderating Mr Trump’s wilder excesses, should he become President. And secondly, however extreme he is, I just cannot believe that anyone could seriously contemplate voting for Mrs Clinton…..

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