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?
Mark C. Pendleton has a singular focus to give the American people their government back. As an educator, husband, father and man of faith, he has lived the life that most Americans can identify with. He has enjoyed many successes but also encountered crushing failures. His is a story the average citizen can identify with and he is determined to use his time in the White House to reconnect American to the day to day activities of the government that represents them.
Pendleton was moved to take action and enter the political world after becoming increasingly frustrated with how power has been centralized in Washington. What was most frustrating to him was the fact that so many Americans seem to be ok giving distant officials so much power over their lives. He has also marveled at how these officials become increasingly distant from the people they serve, and how very few of them can actually identify with the daily struggles of ordinary Americans.
A Mark C. Pendelton Presidency would last only one term, by design, so that he can concentrate on fixing the problems Americans face and not have to spend every second distracted by thoughts of re-election. Pendleton feels that one term is enough time to get the American people re-engaged in their government and, once that happens, solutions to the many problems facing the country will appear. His administration will harken back to that of John F. Kennedy who famously proclaimed, “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, Ask What You Can Do For Your Country!”
Pendelton is running on a platform of economic recovery, a balanced budget within ten years, a strong yet fair approach to illegal immigration, strong regulation of the credit markets, a flat tax policy that dismantles much of the IRS and education reform that empowers children and their parents. All of his initiatives require the active participation of the American people because he firmly believes that when patriots take action America thrives.