Donald Trump is a master tactician in his use of ‘The Art of War’ thus far in the Republican primaries. Allow me to demonstrate:
I. Detail Assessment & Planning
“All Warfare is based on Deception. Pretend inferiority and encourage your enemy’s arrogance. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush them.”
Trump’s first speech purposefully called out Mexicans as criminals, drug dealers, and rapists. This lead him to being mocked by the GOP as a “joke candidate”. Trump baited his opponents by doubling down and making Trump’s wall the number one issue of the primary election. His stance on illegal immigration forced all other GOP candidates to start one step back, and for Trump to set the pace moving forward. Trump continued to hold out baits throughout his campaign (Mexico will pay for the wall, will he/won’t he run independent, blood coming out of “wherever”, barring Muslims, Hillary getting schlonged, and now “Islam hates us”) to feign disorder. He then double downs every time, saying things like “No border, no country”, “The wall will be 10 feet higher”, or “bringing in Muslims brings in terrorists”.
II. Waging War
“What is essential in war is victory, not prolonged operations. Where the Army is, prices are high. When prices rise, the wealth of the people is exhausted.”
Notice how fast each of Trump’s “wacko” statements are superseded by another? That’s because each time Trump is attacked, his core voters feel attacked. The more his opponents attack him, the more flabergasted they become in seeing nothing stick. Trump wants to be attacked because he already set his opponents up in a position of weakness right out of the opening gate. His opponents are just playing catch-up, which continually puts them further behind and perceived as “low energy”.
III. Strategic Attack
“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.
What the Ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.
Trump knows who he is, and of the five remaining opponents, none of them know Trump. You can see it in what they say about Trump. They liken him to being mentally unstable, a bigot, a racist, a buffoon, or even Hitler. Trump is none of these, and to say he is demonstrates how they’ve already lost. His opponents have yet to take Trump seriously. Even today Ted Cruz said that Trump’s voters are “uninformed”. Mitt Romney last week called Trump’s supporters “played for suckers”. No one has yet to figure Trump out, not because he’s too crazy, but because he’s too clever. You can’t just laugh him off.
IV. Disposition of the Army
” Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
Trump has been planning this since at least the late 1980s. All he had to do was bide his time and wait for the right political climate. Not even the political party he ran for mattered, that’s why he’s running as a Republican since it’s the easiest path to victory. He has no allegiance to either party, which only serves to benefit his message.
“The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.”
Trump’s greatest strength is in dismantling his opponents. Jeb Bush’s fall from grace was a master stroke by Trump. While Bernie is still fighting (See Chapter IV), Trump has long since dismantled his #1 rival through a continuous barrage of perfect pin prick attacks. You may have missed it, but it was one of the greatest American political maneuverings of all-time.
VI. Weaknesses & Strengths
” Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness.”
” All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”
“The ultimate in disposing one’s troops is to be without ascertainable shape. Then the most penetrating spies cannot pry in nor can the wise lay plans against you.”
Trump is no fool. Everyone says “Trump has no plans, no platform”, but everything he has said has been by design. Everything from here on out will be by design. Yesterday Hillary said: “If I’m running against Trump there’s plenty of time to come up with a plan before the general election”. You cannot plan against Trump. Neither Hillary nor Bernie will have a plan. There is no political strategy to beat him.At the current rate Trump will be President, because he already has a 30 year head start. EDIT: The protests tonight only serve to feed the Trump Train.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”