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?
Perry Morcom was born and raised in the state of Texas. Little information is available on his academic qualifications, employment history or current profession; he merely says that he is a “middle-class working person” who has worked hard for everything he has.
Morcom is frustrated that even when speaking with news media about his candidacy, he was confronted with concerns that his campaign is not sufficiently well funded to achieve success; he rejects the notion that a presidential bid should be entirely dependent on finances, and argues that all candidates should be treated equally regardless of how much money they have.
Addressing an issue that has been raised more than once in American history, Morcom is dissatisfied with the Electoral College system as practiced in the resolution of elections. He alludes to the fact that its specifics were flawed as originally designed by pointing out that congress passed the Twelfth Amendment in 1803 to modify it. He also echoes a concern murmured in the United States since the presidential election of 2000, when George W Bush won the White House despite receiving fewer total votes than opponent Al Gore. Accordingly, Morcom opposes the Electoral College system and believes the President should be chosen by simple popular vote. He also believes that elected representatives in the House and Senate should be strictly limited to no more than two four-year terms, as is imposed upon the President.
Morcom is sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States. He blames their undocumented status on the government's failure to efficiently process their papers, and believes they should be helped to attain legitimate status and even citizenship. He dismisses the common argument that immigrants take jobs from existing citizens, saying that by and large, they only perform work that Americans do not wish to do. He does admit that some immigrants may be drug dealers or other criminals, however, and supports vetting applicants and their intentions carefully.
Morcom wishes to reduce government overspending by cutting the budget, followed by lowering taxes. He also supports helping the energy industry to stabilize local oil markets, as well as continuing development of renewable energy technology such as wind turbines. He criticizes the “Obamacare” reforms by stating that many people still do not have access to affordable health care, and wishes to restructure the law, in part by regulating the amounts which doctors and hospitals are permitted to charge for their services.
In his desire to curb overspending and lower taxes, Morcom shows conservative political tendencies. However, his understanding attitude toward illegal immigrants, interest in renewable energy, and price control intentions towards the healthcare industry place him solidly left of center. Though running as an Independent candidate, most of Morcom's support is likely to be found among Democrats.