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?
David Christopher Holcomb was born in Denver, Colorado and raised by his parents, Richard and Lorraine, in Nebraska. Interestingly, David has ten adopted siblings from four different countries, in addition to six more biological siblings. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and then earned his Juris Doctor in law from Creighton University. He now specializes in family law, running his own law office from his house. David is been married to his wife of two years, Victoria, and has no children.
Holcomb portrays himself as a calm and compassionate Christian; however his political and social agenda is probably one that not all Christians agree with. He says that he and “We the People” are all “Anti-Islam,” and “it is time now for immediate, full force military strikes by the international Christian Crusade on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.” He gives no reason for his hatred of Islam except for the fact that he wants to return the United States to the Judeo-Christian values it was built on.
If Holcomb is serious in his quest for the White House, he will definitely need to appear as less provocative and extreme, and more informed and presidential. His website failed to provide his beliefs and ideas on the economy, taxes, and the serious issues of our country. He also refuses to use social media of any kind, a choice which will restrict his reach to the electorate. If David Christopher Holcomb wants to win any votes in 2016, he should probably start by clarifying where he stands on the issues. He claims to also be running for the United States Senate as an independent candidate in 2014.