Unless you’ve been too busy chasing Pokemon to pay attention to the news, you’ve probably heard that Republicans are having a big, fat freakout over Donald Trump this week. For the umpteenth time since he announced his candidacy last summer, GOP leaders are wringing their hands, terrified that Trump is going to blow the election by miring himself in one controversy after another. There have even been reports of a so-called “intervention” involving several of Trump’s good friends and advisers.
Meanwhile, Trump himself admits that the Hillary Clinton team successfully “baited” him into steering off course with the Khizr Khan debacle. Perhaps the intervention worked.
At the same time, though, Republicans would do well to put away their fainting salts and relax. If Trump is going to win this thing, he’s going to do it his way. And frankly, that’s all his supporters have ever asked of him.
No one voted for Trump this spring without knowing there was an element of risk to it. By the time people in Iowa and New Hampshire weighed in with the first votes, it was already quite clear that Trump was not an ordinary Republican candidate. His views were often at odds with conservative orthodoxy, his grasp of world issues was not always apparent, and he demonstrated early and often that he was not going to “behave himself” on the campaign trail. Anyone with a few brain cells rolling around in their head could see the potential for disaster.
And yet, they still voted for him. In record numbers, mind you. Why?
Well, every Trump voter will have a different answer to that question, but there probably aren’t many who would say, “He’ll win the nomination and then become just like every other presidential candidate in the history of the Republican Party.” No one thought that would happen, and no one wanted that to happen. That was and is the core beauty of Donald Trump; for the first time in our lifetime, we have a major party candidate who isn’t tied to a teleprompter and pat, rehearsed lines. Yeah, sometimes that means we have to endure a rough patch or two, but at least we aren’t making the same mistake we’ve made so many times in the past. At least this time, we’re taking some chances.
If you want to win big in this life, you have to take some big risks.
No one knows that better than Trump himself.