Trump is holding up a mirror to the world. If you don’t like what you see, don’t blame Trump.
So Trump smashed it in the Super-Tuesday primaries. Smashed it. Suddenly he’s streaks ahead of Cruz and Rubio with a tonne of momentum.
And on Wednesday the world woke up to the Reality that The Don is a serious contender. Hilary Clinton’s aides are saying now they have to take the possibility of The Don seriously.
Back in September last year I made the call that The Don would cruise through the primaries and go on to be president.
Back then, people laughed at me. Sportsbet offered me 7:1 (thanks!). In the media, people were rubbing their hands with glee, sure that the Donald campaign would implode in farce at any moment.
6 months later, everyone’s now saying, hang on, maybe he can do this.
Now I don’t need you to love the Donald. I don’t care. But I do want you to tune in to one of the most masterful displays of strategy and power I’ve ever seen.
The fact that so many people missed the rise of the Donald – even now people refuse to see that it’s a possibility – shows that there is another level to human understanding.
Scott Adams (who has an amazing blog looking at Trump’s game) says it’s like Trump has an extra dimension to play with. His opponents are playing 2D chess with a 3D master.
Even if you hate Trump, even if you think he is a narcissistic fascist with a face like an insulted tomato, you need to know about this dimension. If you want to do amazing things in this life, then you need to know about it, if not master it.
And I guess that’s why I was able to recognise the Trump juggernaut earlier than most – my line of work has forced me to tune in to this extra dimension. I work with deals, I work with negotiations, I work with people.
And in the 2D world people make rational decisions based on an objective evaluation of the facts. In the 3D world, people are a fleshy bag of messy neural pathways, completely driven by emotion.
People like you.
People like me. People like Trump. All people are.
Trump is just aware of it, and he’s working with it… like a boss.
You’ve got to remember that when Trump was young, he attended the church of Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’. (One of the all time classics.)
The central message is that everything you tell yourself about yourself is just a story. You can’t know the truth, so tell yourself a story that empowers, fulfils and drives you.
This idea has given the world Donald Trump. Even when he loses, in his mind, he wins. And he really believes it.
Because Trump knows that he’s just a fleshy bag of messy neural pathways driven by emotion.
And because he can see that in himself, he sees that in everybody else.
And this is the one idea that drives the Trump machine.
So Trump says crazy stuff all the time. You layer a filter of logic over it and he looks like a moron, liable to say one thing in the morning and another thing at night.
And you’re logic tells you that an idiot can’t seriously run for President.
And yet Trump is consistently smashing it in the polls and in the primaries.
And that’s because Trump’s not working in logic. He’s working in emotion. He doesn’t care what people think about him. He cares what people feel about him. Because it’s feelings that drive action.
Few people get this because few people believe it’s true. And so they call Trump an idiot because they can’t see what game he’s playing. Over and over. Everyone says Trump’s an idiot.
But seriously, ask yourself. Imagine someone taking on the full might of Fox news AND the war-mongering Bush dynasty, and running absolute rings around them.
Does that sound like something an idiot could do? Really?
And people can’t see it, and the media can’t see it, because in their mind elections are about facts, and policies, and ‘character’. They can’t think outside this framework.
Rubbish. Elections are feely-races, nothing more.
Now you might hate this fact. You might wish that elections were about a robust contest of ideas, or a sober discussion of policies and values. But they’re not. They’re glorified reality TV shows. Somewhere between Survivor and X-factor.
And everyone knows this. Every politician knows this. Modern politics is 98% spin.
But most politicians have the decency to at least pretend that we’re talking about policies. They pretend that they’re trying to represent their constituents.
But not Trump. He knows it’s a game and he’s letting us watch.
And so what? We hate trump for holding a mirror up to society? For making us see what’s actually going on?
Trump is holding up a mirror and saying look, humans are emotional flesh bags, and are easily manipulated, as every King or Queen through history could tell you.
And Trump is holding up a mirror and saying look, what we call ‘democracy’ is just a weird dance between base human emotions and entrenched vested interests. The idea that people ‘participate’ in decision-making is just a comforting lie.
Trump is the mirror to the reality of human nature and our current situation. Trump is the truth.
And that truth is uncomfortable. We like to think that logic rules. Because logic follows rules. It’s predictable. We find it hard to deal with the idea that emotion governs because emotions are unpredictable.
As unpredictable as Trump.
But the choice is yours. You can close your eyes and pretend you live in a world where humans make sense, and reason reigns. Or you can wake up and watch this carnival of strange feely creatures play out, even participate in it.
My hope is that you chose the red pill.
Because we all need another dimension to our game.
Has Trump got game? Or has America gone crazy?