When Donald John Trump announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election at the Trump Tower to an audience of about a thousand supporters on a blustery New York morning on June 16, 2015, no one could’ve anticipated the impact that he would have on this election cycle. No one (aside from Ann Coulter) could’ve even envisioned Mr. Trump winning the GOP presidential nomination. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time – even Mr. Trump himself -, there was a leadership void within the Republican Party that was crying out to be filled.
The billionaire’s no-nonsense style, outsider status, business savvy and keen political instincts drew in the support of blocks of politically frustrated middle class conservatives, tea partiers and Ron Paul’s orphaned paleolibertarians, who were all looking for a champion to lead them and give their struggle a voice. In the following months, these disparate groups of voters organically coalesced into a powerful coalition which has propelled Mr. Trump’s candidacy from the fringes of the race to the summit of the Republican nomination leaderboard with surprising, albeit controversial, ease.
And to think, the teetotaler wasn’t even certain about running as late early 2015. There were real fears that similar to the general elections of 1988, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012, Mr. Trump would not make a bid for the nomination despite giving indications that he might.
His giddying ascension in the polls has been met with incredulous wonder by the media and more established candidates who have long fallen to the wayside. His combative performances in the debates left his opponents tongue-tied, much to the delight of his supporters. His controversial off-the-cuff deliveries and political incorrectness are viewed proudly by his legion of followers. His war cry, Make America Great Again, has galvanized even the elderly to attend his lively rallies.
Mr. Trump’s in-your-face style has drawn a lot of flak from all corners, but only a fool would doubt that there is a method behind his apparent madness. As the former reality TV star has demonstrated repeatedly throughout his career, his audacity is always accompanied by a ferocious intelligence.
There is simply no denying that Mr. Trump has changed the face of American politics forever. And the prospect of a businessman being elected to the White House has rekindled century-old memories of the Roaring Twenties when entrepreneurs such as Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover occupied the Oval Office.
Mr. Trump’s nationalist populist brand of politics captured the imagination of the nation, and powered his victory in the Republican primaries. However, will the charismatic real estate tycoon be able to use an identical approach in his White House run, or will he pivot to the center and reign in his explosive personality? Will he be able to unite the party’s fractured base and win over the agitated social conservatives? Will Miley Cyrus move out of the country if Mr. Trump is elected?
Attorney and 2008 Constitution Party Vice Presidential nominee
Sitting on the extreme right of the American political spectrum, the Constitution Party is the unofficial flagbearer of the Christian Reconstructionism and dominionist movements in the United States. It comes as no surprise then that its presidential candidate espouses the same set of values as the party.
Born into a family with a strong military tradition, Tennessean attorney Darrel Castle joined the U.S. Marine Corps soon after graduating from East Tennessee State University in 1970, where he double majored in history and political science.
After spending four years in the Marines, which includes a 13-month stint in Vietnam, 2nd Lieutenant Castle left the Corp and went to pursue a law degree at the University of Memphis. Several years after obtaining his law degree, Mr. Castle founded Darrell Castle and Associates, a practice which focuses on personal injury and consumer bankruptcy. Over the following years, Mr. Castle would go on to expand his practice to neighboring Missouri, as well as to Wisconsin and Michigan.
In 1998, Mr. Castle and wife Joan established Mia’s Children Foundation in Bucharest, Romania. The foundation provides guidance to homeless gypsy children using the words of the Gospel.
The devoted Christian, who once served as a deacon in his local church, believes that the United States was founded by Christians based on the Gospel of Christ, and thus, aims to restore the country’s law and governance to its original Biblical common-law fundamentals.
Mr. Castle also believes that the United States is well on its way to becoming an anti-Christian nation. Prejudicial federal laws, meanwhile, contribute greatly to the current persecution of Christians in the country. He is confident that the only way to halt the slide is to return to the faith of our fathers.
Mr. Castle believes that homosexuality and transsexuality are part of a greater fascist depopulation, anti-family and anti-reproduction agendas. However, these insidious agendas could only succeed with a weakened Western civilization and a discredited church.
One of the major strategies in achieving the stated agendas is the enactment of indiscriminate and liberal immigration policies which has opened the floodgates to Muslim immigration to the United States. Mr. Castle believes that this will lead to national suicide as the immigrants’ refusal to assimilate with local population and lack of natural diligence and thrift will lead to an expansion of the already bloated federal social welfare system. Mr. Castle claims that evidence of this can already be seen in European countries.
Mr. Castle further argues that the sovereignty of the Western World was compromised during World War II when a sociopathic “international ruling elite” staged a silent coup of Western governments which extended even to the United States. He advocates aggressive prosecution of corrupt politicians aligned with the elites as the first step in reestablishing the Rule of Law.