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Red Pill TheoryHow to Defend Yourself Like Trump: 11 Pro Strategies (self.TheRedPill)

submitted by 1IamGale

Summary:

You need to learn how to defend yourself. If you can’t defend your image, you’re destined to get crushed in the world. This post will show you exactly how Donald Trump handles these high stakes situations.

For context, this post examines the 11 ways Trump defended himself in Republican Debate in Houston a couple days ago. I created a video that highlights each moment and I recommend you watch it first then read this analysis.

Here's the video:

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO OF TRUMP DEFENDING HIMSELF

The Houston debate was particularly difficult for Mr. Trump. He was leading in all the polls beforehand meaning that in this debate, his opponents were looking to do one thing to him…

Yup, they were out for blood.

This was their last chance at taking down the giant that’s been revolutionizing American politics.

Their one shot.

In this post, I’m going to show you the story behind how Trump can handle himself with clear ease against two highly trained debaters.

For him to win this, all he had to do was survive, but nothing was spared in this debate. Rubio and Cruz, the two other republican candidates, and the moderators all went at him viciously on hiring illegal workers, his tax plan, tax return, his Hispanic support, and anything else they could think of.

But in typical Trump fashion, he destroyed his opposition and kept his lead.

This guide is for you. If you’re ever in a corporate meeting, or in a high-stakes negotiation situation. You need to know how to defend yourself. It’s great to have an amazing pitch, but if you’re not able to defend your position, it’s just going to crumble.

Here are the 11 tactics Trump used to defend himself:

1. Re-Framing

Reframing is a popular Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Technique in Therapy. Where you take one negative scenario and change the context to show it in a positive light.

That’s exactly what Trump does when Rubio drops a bomb on him:

Acknowlede that, for example, you’re the only person this stage that’s ever been fined for hiring people to work on your projects illegally

But Trump replies:

No, I’m the only one on this stage that’s hired people.

Trump saw this coming, interrupted Rubio’s claim and reframed it to show him as a successful businessman. He changes the frame from an attack into a compliment. Brilliant.

2. Emphasize Your Strengths

You’ll see that Donald Trump is constantly re-affirming the fact that he’s hired tens of thousands of workers. He’s been doing it all throughout his campaign and the more times he repeats his slogan, the more familiar you become with Trump as a Character. It’s good branding.

So when Rubio mentions that he hired illegal immigrants, Trump immediately and throughout his rebuttal repeats that he’s hired tens of thousands of people and no one else had done that.

3. Attack Back

Right away he starts criticizing Rubio for his credit card problems. It’s extremely important that you attack back because if people think they can walk all over you, then they will. You need to be quick, this is not the time to think of the perfect insult, but rather to fire as soon as possible. The faster the better. I will go into this in a bit more depth later on.

4. Interrupt and Deny

Rubio stays on message and repeats that Trump was fined $1 million dollars for hiring these illegal polish works.

Trump immediately interjects with

“wrong, totally wrong.”

The idea here is that by interrupting you have the chance that you might derail your opponent. In this case, his opponent is no amateur. Nevertheless, by interrupting you’re also showing the audience two things. One, that you deserve to interrupt someone because what you’re saying is more important. Two, you immediately dismiss the notion that your opponent might be right by addressing it immediately.

By addressing the situation immediately you don’t let the thought percolate in your audience’s head. We all believe things that aren’t technically correct and the longer we sit with these falsehoods in our heads the longer we might think they’re actually true.

A good example is Ted Cruz not being a natural born citizen. His mother is American and thus, he was born an American. So of course, he’s a natural born citizen. However, Trump put doubt in people’s head. By not addressing it immediately Ted Cruz’s let people think he might not be eligible. A big mistake for him.

5. Dismiss

In the same argument that Rubio lays on him, he interrupts him again and dismisses his attack. He immediately says:

“Don’t tell me about that.”

But it’s not the words that I want to highlight, it’s his tone and body language. He says it with disgust that screams, “how dare you” and swats him away with his hands.

This is important on an emotional level. You need to show that you’re not taking these arguments seriously because you don’t want your audience to take them seriously either.

If you start taking it seriously then others will too. This is why you need to dismiss your opponent and have the body language to back it up.

6. Put it in Context

When Rubio first brought up the fact that he hired illegal immigrants, the audience had no idea of the backstory behind it. By giving the audience the backstory, he resolves the issue. Trump uses two critical pieces of information to put this in context. He could have said that it was his contractors who hired them and that he had no idea. Many respectable individuals have used similar arguments, but let’s face it. That’s a cop out.

So he decides to say two things instead.

"It was over 30 years ago… You bring up a closed case. We settled the case and everyone was happy."

Now in the audience’s mind. They’re thinking why would Rubio rely on information that was over 30 years old, does he have nothing else? And he settled it, it’s over. There’s nothing more to talk about.

Whereas, if he passed the blame onto his contractor then they could attack him on hiring deceitful contractors.

By putting Rubio’s attack in context, Trump resolves the issue at hand

7. Attack

For context, Cruz attacks Donald Trump with the accusation that he funded the gang of eight, politicians that were in favor of open borders.

Again he puts that accusation in context. He states that he is world class businessman who gets along with everyone, that’s why he donated to everyone, including the gang of eight. Then he uses his seventh tactic.

He immediately launches a deadly attack on Cruz.

"You don't have one Republican Senator endorsing you despite the fact that you spend all day with them. You should be ashamed of yourselves."

Trump wants the audience to question how they can elect a president who can’t get along with anyone.

This is an important strategy because it develops your reputation. By attacking those who attack you, you show the world that you’re not to be messed with. You set a precedent for others saying that if you decide to attack Trump, he will hit you twice as hard. It’s important that you always defend yourself, else you risk creating a reputation that people can walk all over you.

8. Use Humour

This was the best joke Trump made all night. He was asked:

“A new Telemundo poll shows that 3/4 Hispanics don’t like you. Doesn’t that make you unelectable?”

But Trump fired back:

“First of all, I don’t believe anything Telemundo says.”

Then we went on to say how he currently employs thousands of Hispanics. He stayed on message and repeated how big of a support base is. And that he’s so much better than everyone else.

He uses this as an opportunity to spread his other talking points all because he diffused the situation with comedy.

9. Use simple and quick language.

Debates often get criticized for not delving into the substance of a candidate’s policies and only skim the surface.

As a result, Wolf Blitzer asks Trump a difficult and specific questions here.

“Your tax cuts will cost the country 10 trillion dollars, how will you avoid putting the country in even more debt?”

The challenge here to respond with a simple answer that satisfies the complex question. Ben Carson has great answers to solving the America’s healthcare issues but his answers are boring.

As a politician, you need to keep your audience’s attention at all cost! So this presents Trump a challenge and I want to highlight how he answers it.

Trump’s answer:

“The country will become a dynamic country. We have the highest taxes in the world. It’s shutting down the country. We will eliminate certain agencies, like the department of education and the environmental agency. Yes, we will do my tax plan and it will make the country great again.”

He skirts around the issue, but the sneaky Wolf Blitzer cleverly has the answers pre-researched. He says:

“If you eliminate the department of education, that’s 68 billion. The environmental agency is 8 billion. You’re still short because the deficit is 500 billion.”

Trump circumvents the specifics and provides as satisfying response by using something simple:

“Waste, fraud and abuse. We’ll cut down on waste, fraud and abuse.”

He uses simple language to get his point across that makes sense at first glance. That’s what is important.

10. Play the victim

This is an important strategy because it addresses our sense of fairness. At a some level, we all more or less believe that people should be treated fairly. So when someone plays the victim, we tend to lay off them and give them sympathy points. You might think you’re above playing the victim, but it’s a useful strategy for shaming others who play unfairly. It’s a strategy that Trump uses all the time.

In this instance, Trump’s being attacked for not releasing his tax returns. In his rebuttal, he goes on to say that’s the IRS has audited him every 12 years and that he can’t release his tax returns until the IRS finishes their audit. He goes on to say how it’s unfair that he’s been audited for 12 years despite the fact that they’ve never found anything.

Then after his third question, he says this and plays the victim again.

“Are you going to ask every single question to me? Every single question? I know I'm good for the ratings, but it’s a little ridiculous”

By playing the victim, it means you’re exposing unfair treatment. It’s a moral argument that you’re attacker should lay off unless he wants to be seen as a monster. And it works in this case as Hugh Hewitt moves on to questioning Marco Rubio.

Sidebar, here's a really great example of Trump attacking back right away.

Hugh Hewitt asks him this question:

“On my show you said you would release your tax returns. Are you going back on your word?”

Trump see this a blatant attack on his character and defends himself by attacking back.

“First of all, very few people listen to your radio show that’s the good news."

This is to show that playing the victim does not mean you need to adopt the victim mentality. As Trump easily switches back to attacking. This is one of your many strategies to use.

11. Explain Your Opponent’s Behaviour

Cruz attacks him on about 7 different subjects. Trump responds by saying he’s crushing him in the polls.

Then he also points out the fact why they’re attacking him.

“Let me tell you this because you’re really getting beaten badly. I know you’re embarrassed and I know you’re embarrassed (pointing at Rubio) but keep fighting keep swinging.

This makes it clear to your audience why they’re seeing the behaviour that’s currently happening. By calling it out, you help put the whole argument in discussion and re-frame the situation. In this case, he’s saying that the two are only attacking him because he’s winning. He subtlely reminds the audience that he’s the winning candidate here.

Conclusion:

If you haven't already do watch the video where I highlight all these moments in the debate because it's more visceral that way. Trump had a very difficult debate. His opponents used everything they had against them and he still stood strong. Trump has over 40 years of business experience. A lot of what you see here comes naturally to him. But for me and you, we need to learn.

Look over these strategies again and pick one of them to use in your real life. Or even better start noticing how other people use these strategies in your own life. Personally, my little brother will always play the victim card to get out of doing dishes and every time I call him out on his strategy.


[–]FluwelenRevolutie 221 points222 points  (147 children)

Magnificent post. There's no denying that Trump is a genius when it comes to defending himself and showing his superiority over others.

[–]bertmaklinFBI 86 points87 points  (76 children)

He is awesome at marketing and that is what you are seeing happen.

If you read his book its basically a script for his presidential campaign.

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    [–]bertmaklinFBI 12 points13 points  (4 children)

    I would actually argue that rhetoric is a component of great marketing, not the other way around.

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      [–]Incangodess 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Ehh he is definitely marketing himself to the public WITH rhetoric...

      [–]SheLovesMyJizz 3 points4 points  (52 children)

      I was at that debate, Rubio dominated that debate. Trump had supporters in there, but Rubio had none & the crowd loved him. Some of the things that CNN doesn't show you was during commercial break trump was panicking.

      [–]bertmaklinFBI 20 points21 points  (0 children)

      Rubio is't a moron. He was lagging in the polls behind Cruz so he started attacking Trump to get more publicity and Cruz started to fall since he has backed away from mudslinging with Trump. PT Barnum to a tee.

      Can you talk a little bit more about Trump panicking on the commercial breaks?

      [–]pishcity 9 points10 points  (42 children)

      In what way was he panicking? I don't doubt you, just curious.

      [–]SheLovesMyJizz 28 points29 points  (41 children)

      He seems to get very irritated when people stand up to him, he took his jacket off and you could tell how sweaty he had become. What I don't get about Trump is how people can't see pass all his lies and inconsistency. I'm not a Trump hater, but are the American People that dumb? It's almost like he acts like a little child when being called out, he would pace back and fourth from back stage to the front. He seemed to be very out of character and not this calm confident person you are describing. What I saw, was somebody who looked lost and seriously about to have a panic attack. When Rubio called him out, all he did was shout and yell, I don't get how this man can be the next president of the US. I know kids who act more mature then him yet he's still leading in polls? We're so fucked if he becomes President, he has lots of questions and may god help us.

      [–]2johnnight 9 points10 points  (22 children)

      What I don't get about Trump is how people can't see pass all his lies and inconsistency.

      People project on candidates what they want. People will forgive smaller sins as long as the candidate looks like he can deliver the bigger product. At this point Trump's base does not care about "all his lies and inconsistency".

      Trump's success is not because people want a buffoon, it's because he has picked topics that other candidates have not talked about. Immigration and lost jobs is such a topic. It was all in surveys, but the establishment did not want to do anything about it.

      You will see this dynamic with every candidate in every country. Everyone has flaws that are disqualifying in the eyes of the opposite political side, but ignored by the own-side base.

      It's only in reelection situations, where the candidate is not a wildcard and can be judged on actual leadership behavior.

      [–]warjesus420 3 points4 points  (21 children)

      Just gonna throw this out there. A)There is not a snowballs chance in hell he will get Mexico to pay for this wall. B) The reality of this wall is completely hysterical to a modern man. C) Even if the wall is built by our country paying for it it will barely limit illegal immigration, and will have no impact at all on the drug smuggling.

      [–]gregzillaf 18 points19 points  (7 children)

      Tell that to the other countries currently using border walls.

      [–]StarkWeave 17 points18 points  (2 children)

      The walls don't have to work 100% of the time. It just needs to be an effective deterrent. I would look at some of the border controls being implemented in Europe for the refugee crisis as a supporting example.

      [–]gregzillaf 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      For the record I am pro walls. They have eliminated over 90% in other countries.

      [–]warjesus420 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I'd be in total shock if more than 1% of illegals/year were deterred tbh

      [–]zincH20 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      China has the great wall, and they have ZERO mexicans. point taken (sarcasm)

      [–]Drmadanthonywayne 9 points10 points  (0 children)

      That's absurd. Consider the effectiveness of the Israeli fence.

      The number of fatalities from terror attacks within Israel dropped from more than 130 in 2003 to fewer than 25 in 2005. The number of bombings fell from dozens to fewer than 10.

      [–]waynebradysworld 10 points11 points  (8 children)

      Gonna throw it back in your face, getting Mexico to pay for that wall will be easy as fuck. Also, what about "modern men" makes walls rediculous? Last time I checked, we humans still can't teleport through them.

      [–]quartermanpete 8 points9 points  (2 children)

      good job already applying the concepts of the post!

      [–]waynebradysworld 2 points3 points  (1 child)

      I'm a quick study, I study quick. As a matter of fact, I may be the best at it

      [–]Lurker_IV 26 points27 points  (2 children)

      I'm not a Trump hater, but are the American People that dumb?

      It is a combination. Yes they are that dumb because those in power and the MSM have been intentionally dumbing down the voter education for decades. Also the current Congress and Senate are the worst in over a century by several measures. Least productive ever, most obstructive ever, and least popular ever. Congress has had single digit percentage approval ratings for years.

      The American public hates them soo much they are willing to vote Trump.

      How the government folks ever thought they could keep doing this and it wouldn't blow up on them eventually I don't know.

      [–]SheLovesMyJizz 6 points7 points  (1 child)

      I agree with that, well said.

      [–]beatlesbright 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Hence why he didn't attend the debate with Megyn Kelly. He's good at swiftly responding but it's hard to keep it up all the time. He was even scared to be on the same stage with Michael Moore in the late 90s or early 2000s. Trump had directly asked Moore not to pick on him.

      [–]tyrryt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      The media decides elections - they decide which clips to show and which opinions to share. They paint candidates positively or negatively. When they want to tank a candidate, they go on a 2-week frenzy showing nonstop clips of Dean screaming, or Kerry on a surfboard, or pictures of Dukakis in a tank, or Hart with a slut on his lap, then haul out their squads of "experts" and "polls" to explain to everybody that they're unelectable.

      For now they've decided to hype trump to the nomination, maybe because they think that's good for hillary. After the competition is eliminated, we'll see if they really want him or not, and there are mountains of ammunition they can use on Trump from his antics over the years.

      [–]FakeGuru 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Of course the American people are that dumb.

      They have been conditioned for years to believe the lies of the Republican party,and Trump has launched a hostile takeover.

      [–]sickofbeingaffraid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      So were you a lobbyist or special interest lulz

      [–]TRP Vanguard: "Dark Triad Expert"IllimitableMan 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      If you read his book

      Which one? He has more than one book.

      [–]hyugafan 20 points21 points  (35 children)

      Most CEOs and businessmen are naturals at these kinds lf social gymnastics. Most don't bother with politics because there is no long-term profit in it. Trump is kind of an enigma in that regard. I wonder what his agenda is.

      [–]nuesuh 36 points37 points  (25 children)

      pretty obvious. Trump does not care about day to day politics. He wants to be the president. If he cannot succeed with this, if he doesn't get elected.. He's going to disapear off of the political landscape.

      Why president? It would imortalize him.

      [–]gabrielshekelstein 18 points19 points  (1 child)

      Trump's assets are fixed assets like real estate. He sees these companies moving abroad and it lessens demand for office space in his luxury skyscrapers. What's happening is the corporate tax rates are out of control, so companies are using a managerial accounting technique called transfer pricing to set up shop overseas (Ireland) and avoid paying U.S. taxes. These taxes are incredibly high and it won't end with Hillary or especially Bernie.

      Also, Trump owns lots of golf resorts (Doral, Turnberry-Scotland, Trump National-Rancho Palos Verdes). He sees the demographic transformation taking place in the west right now and it doesn't bode well for the golf industry, because minorities don't really play golf.

      Anyone who is red pill knows demographics are destiny.

      Trump is protecting his assets. 100%. I'm sure of it.

      He's using one of the 48 Laws of Power. Law 13: Appeal to people's self interest. Americans' self interest is a healthy economy and so is Trump's.

      [–]Paddy32 3 points4 points  (8 children)

      That's precisely his motivations. And why it's probably not a good idea to vote for him.

      If I were American I would vote for someone who cared about the people, not about himself.

      [–]Zahoo 9 points10 points  (1 child)

      If I were American I would vote for someone who cared about the people, not about himself.

      This is exactly why people are voting for him. They are tired of politicians pretending to care and then doing the same old thing. Trump is acting like a leader and telling people that even if they don't agree with him, he will make things better overall.

      [–]Paddy32 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      At least he's honest, cause it's true that all politicians lie.

      [–]nuesuh 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      I'm not from the US myself. I'm split between Sanders and Trump. They both have their strenghts and weaknesses.

      Shillary sure does have a fuckton of weaknesses. Should be in prison.

      [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      See this is the thing different about Americans. We realize that self interest is the only interest and everything else is a facade. Trump won't allow his legacy to be that of a bad president. That is in the interest of the American people as much as it is for him. When self interests intersect is when things get done in this world.

      [–]excaliboor 27 points28 points  (2 children)

      Yeah, it's not a good idea to vote for a guy who can't be bought, who's got balls, confidence, quick wit, commands respect, authority and dominance, a leader who gets things done and doesn't care if the decision is popular, but chooses the right one - in other words a pure alpha male.

      Go vote for a lying criminal or socialist/communist. That's more like it. Because political correctness and saying you care about people make you more suitable for the most powerful person in the fucking world.

      [–]Paddy32 5 points6 points  (1 child)

      I really don't care that much about politics, but isn't deleting the environment agency a bad idea ? I mean we've got to stop fucking up the planet.

      [–]excaliboor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      The global warming stuff is a proven scam. http://www.globalclimatescam.com/

      Don't you find it funny how cows contribute more to the greenhouse effect? Their farts do more harm on the climate than humanity's whole industry. The authors of the original paper which started the climate change crap have already come out to say it's all made up. Don't just believe me, go do your own research.

      [–]Troll_Name 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      I wonder what his agenda is.

      Protecting his descendants' crop fields from seven billion hungry locusts.

      [–]Ripred019 14 points15 points  (4 children)

      It's likely a desire for power. Trump may be wealthy, but being president of the United states puts you on a completely different level.

      [–]1IamGale[S] 14 points15 points  (0 children)

      I agree. He's almost 70, owns more money then he can ever spend, and loves attention. Why not got for the presidency, it makes sense for him. This will be the last chance he'll ever get in his life to be president.

      [–]anecdotal 7 points8 points  (1 child)

      Desire for legacy more likely.

      [–]Troll_Name 3 points4 points  (0 children)

      In one word: ambition.

      The same exact thing that has fueled every other politician.

      [–]1IamGale[S] 5 points6 points  (3 children)

      Thanks man.

      [–]3NO_LAH_WHERE_GOT 4 points5 points  (2 children)

      I just found an interesting essay about Trump, thought I'd share it here:

      "Donald Trump has come, and he is your punishment.

      You gaze in incomprehension and dismay; how could those strange alien creatures, Trump's followers, be drawn to such obvious lies? Well, that is something I find very easy to understand; so I will endeavor to explain it. Trump's appeal has nothing to do with some long-repressed hatred of Muslims that a presidential candidate has dared to speak openly - or any such nonsense. No, that is not what is happening here at all.

      Trump's rival politicians upon the stage are ordinary modern politicians. Which is to say, they are hunted creatures, constantly looking over their shoulders, living every second in fear of the journalists watching them. Each word that spills from their lips is measured, cautious, carefully conformed to what is allowed them, drained of life and meaning.

      And the people must have strength.

      A hundred thousand years ago, your ancestors watched as would-be leaders fought for control of their tribe, and chose sides. Those who sided with the strong did better than those who sided with the weak, and you are descended from them. It is not a matter of calculation, but of instinct. When you are downtrodden, when your fellows look upon you with disgust, you will feel drawn to a strong leader who promises to upend the tribe. You will be charmed by him, you will cheer him, you will back him in his bid for power. Your instinct will echo the ancient footsteps of those who felt drawn to the eventual winner, who afterward received the scraps from his hand in exchange for their loyalty.

      And that hunted creature who lives every second in fear of journalists, always glancing over his shoulders for fear of public opinion - he is not recognized as strong. Not at the core, not in the instinct. The modern politician's lifeless, rehearsed words reek of the servant who lives in constant fear of his master's wrath. One misstep, and the howling packs of journalists will descend in fierce delight, ripping him apart, feasting on the 'gaffe' and ending his ambitions. The modern politician is stooped and afraid of what is above him, that holds the power to punish. When the press demands an apology, he must give it submissively. In older times, a man like that would be too weak to succeed in controlling his tribe; his laughable attempt to seize power would inevitably end in ruin for him and his followers. The voter's instinct sees this and is repulsed; perhaps this vile man might be a useful tool, but to be charmed by him, to follow him instinctively - that will not happen.

      The rise of Donald Trump is as simple as that.

      Trump does not fear the journalists that every other politician is hunted by. Trump's words are not empty - they are obvious, vile lies, to be sure, and the people know that. What matters is that Trump's words are not censored, cautious, constantly looking around in fear. Every time the oozing journalists try to seize on another of his 'gaffes' - wondering desperately why it is not working, why their poisonous claws have failed them - Trump laughs and the people see that he is not afraid. He shows strength, by his open evil; he shows that he is above anyone's power to reprimand. Seeing Trump's success and not understanding it, some of those cautious men venture a few carefully calculated insults and rudenesses of their own, to try to imitate Trump's mysterious success; but they are not fooling anyone.

      Oh, there will be no scraps for Trump's followers, to be sure. This era is not a hundred thousand years earlier, and a nation is not a tribe. Trump will never know his loyal follower's name, he will give them nothing for their loyalty. But we are not dealing now with ambition and calculation, but with instinct. A hundred thousand years ago, you might do well for yourself if your loyalty happened to surge up for strong and promising leaders, and restrain its affections from the weak.

      And be it also clear, this is not about some long-concealed hate for Mexicans, or Muslims, or whoever. Perhaps that hatred did exist before Trump, but if so, it was irrelevant to his rise. When a tribe's bellies are empty and the pickings have grown thin, and a strong man rises up to say it is time to fight the tribe that lives across the water - to take their land or perish trying - why, people will cheer enthusiastically, and hate in whatever direction they are pointed. Trump could as easily have told his followers to hate Russians or Chinese, and they would have bayed along the same in their instinctive affection.

      Here is the real tragedy: the people in their despair would also have followed an admiral or a general who had proved themselves a leader of men, stern and honorable. They would have followed a strong religious leader who demanded that they renounce hate rather than embrace it. If, that is, the modern press permitted an impression of strength and goodness to coincide.

      That oozing mass of journalists would consider it an insult, if some politician acted like they thought themselves better than the rest. They would go hunting errors, to bring down this person who thinks himself the better - and it is impossible that they would find no meat. Now that it is possible to scrutinize a man's entire life, it is impossible to find no single misstep, no departure from what the press has decided is virtue. Let any politician dare to step forth as a man of honor, and the press will bay the hunt and contradict it with a 'gaffe' they spoke twelve years earlier. Did someone hire the wrong babysitter twenty years earlier? Did they fail to say the standard empty words when a disaster struck or some journalist demanded their sympathy? "Ha," the journalist cries in delight, "look at that, a gaffe, a gaffe! He has lost his race, his career is over!" And you - why, you believe them.

      What honorable man would even try to serve you, now? You have made the lives of politicians a living hell with their every public instant watched; and double that hell for anyone who ever wanted their words to have integrity. What Franklin Roosevelt would enjoy having every single facet of their lives scrutinized so, for one word that a journalist could consider a gaffe? What General Dwight Eisenhower, what military man of honor, would like to spend their lives saying only things that are empty and safe? In the eighteenth century, perhaps, there were few paths to greatness except to become a great politician; they would have had no choice but to endure any hell if they wanted a place in history. Today an ambitious, competent man can become a CEO and have his own private jet - so why should he instead become one more anonymous face among 435 little representatives, constantly looking over his shoulder for the press? Why bother, when he could be making bilions at a hedge-fund, or founding a company, or just living quietly with his family without being hounded?

      Maybe you believe a truly good man would tough out the hell you heap on him, if he were noble enough to truly wish to serve his country. Well, have a look at the Republican lineup and see how that strategy has worked out for you. If only terrible candidates apply to your job posting, it means that the best people do not find your job posting attractive. Either the truly good men left you to your fate in disgust, or, if they did try to serve their countries, some journalist deemed them 'unelectable' the first time they spoke their minds.

      Who then are these hunted men upon the stage, the cast of this parade of clowns? They are lawyers who wanted to be more than lawyers, and who didn't find the life of a politician too appalling. They are the little big men who did not give up on their Congressional careers in disgust when they found how little real power they had to make changes. They are those who, for all the paltry respect of other little big men and their scraps of fame, found that preferable to going back and being an ordinary lawyer. They lied and spoke empty words and lied some more and now they are trying to embiggen themselves a little more.

      But the people must have strength; and in the depths of their despair they will not feel drawn to a weak man who wants a little more attention. The people could have been drawn to a military commander who was tough and honorable, to a priest who was noble and upright, or to a proven and competent businessman; but you made that impossible.

      Yes, make no mistake of it, you did this to yourself, you were the author of your own destruction. It is you who believed the oozing mass of journalists that told you who was 'electable' and what was a 'gaffe'. You joined in their howling wolfpacks and feasted in satisfaction upon the downfall of any politician who made one mistake, and created the living hell that drove any would-be Abraham Lincolns away to greener pastures. Every time you sneered along with an accusation of moral hypocrisy, every time you delighted in discovering some delicious imperfection, you ensured that only one remaining kind of leader could be perceived as strong. For an open, laughing liar does not fear accusations of hypocrisy, and outright evil need not apologize for its moral imperfections.

      Donald Trump has come, and he is your punishment."

      -- David Monroe

      [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      The most important part in this essay is here:

      Yes, make no mistake of it, you did this to yourself, you were the author of your own destruction.

      Every time I see Trump I think: "He's the leader we deserve."

      [–]sweetleef 7 points8 points  (4 children)

      He is clearly dominant, his showmanship is at another level. The body language, salesmanship, wit, and arrogance portray him as the only adult amongst a group of whiny children.

      Whether those things translate into presidential skills is another question, but he's clearly superior at getting support in comparison to his competition. And coming off of 16 years of failure, and facing the prospect of 8 more years of shrieking pantsuits and PC self-flagellation, he's at least a step in the right direction.

      [–]sleetx 12 points13 points  (2 children)

      By contrast, the arrogance and whininess portray him as the child of the group. Just because he defends himself repeatedly doesnt mean he did it in a way that makes all viewers respect him. The debate would be significantly more mature and policy-specific if he did not take part. We saw that in the one he skipped.

      [–]sweetleef 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      The debate would be significantly more mature and policy-specific if he did not take part.

      No doubt at all. And sadly maturity and policy knowledge don't necessarily win elections. If they did, we might have a competent government.

      But if the measure is getting support for an election, he clearly dominated this debate. And that's the point of the submission - despite his rudeness, arrogance, and lack of policy, he devastated his opponents through rhetorical and marketing skills.

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        [–]mugatucrazypills 49 points50 points  (10 children)

        Hillary vs. Trump debate will be interesting,

        even the psychological warfare going into a Trump Hillary debate will be interesting.

        I predict Hillary is going to lose it and core dump the whole list of feminist shaming tactics on Trump at the debate.

        Most likely he'll just turn on a firehose of rhetorical whoop ass mixed with judo that paints her as a menopausal max-max angry wife.

        But no outcome is statistically guaranteed at this level of boxing.

        [–]xdrunkagainx 10 points11 points  (3 children)

        The Clintons were trained by Tony Robbins, it's going to be damn interesting.

        [–]excaliboor 17 points18 points  (0 children)

        Even now she is way under his league. It's obvious who's gonna dominate in that conflict.

        EDIT: The only interesting thing is gonna be watching her getting destroyed like his republican competitors. Or, I hope with all my heart, even worse. I hope he will get out all of his arsenal and tear her into molecules.

        [–]Sdom1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        The Clintons were trained by Tony Robbins, it's going to be damn interesting.

        I believe Trump was as well.

        [–]1IamGale[S] 14 points15 points  (1 child)

        It's going to be juicy. I can't wait.

        [–]1dongpal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        when does it start and where can i see it live as a non american?

        [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        I don't use this word, but Trump vs. Hillary will be epic. He'll beat the shit out of her. That's a debate I look forward to watching.

        [–]spartan1337 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        Whenever Trump destroyed Cruz and Rubio with a rebuttal, he kept a straight face. I wonder if that's better or if you should laugh after your rebuttal, like Rubio did. He said something funny against Trump, people laughed and he laughed too, wondering which of the two faces is more effective.

        [–]Menigguh 113 points114 points  (10 children)

        I freakin' hate the guy but this post is so spot on I can't help but give him credit for his damage management/authority assertion technique. He knows exactly how to heard the lemmings .

        [–]disposable_pants 15 points16 points  (1 child)

        A lot of this is useful. But a lot of it only works for Trump because he's a multi-billionaire beholden to no one. It's important to understand what falls into which category.

        For example, #9 -- use simple, quick language -- is helpful in almost any situation. It comes across as decisive and confident and people respond to that far better than a more thoughtful (but less coherent) argument. Humor (#8) is also pretty universally useful, as is re-framing (#1). But stuff like interrupting, attacking, dismissing, and playing the victim can easily backfire if you aren't in as powerful of a position as Trump. If you're powerful being an asshole can be an advantage; if you aren't, it can turn everyone against you real quick.

        Different strategies are optimal for different levels of power. Don't assume that everything Trump does will work for you, because much of the time you aren't in as powerful of a position as he is.

        [–]username_goes_where 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        Correct. If I tried to pull this type of stuff at work if be fired in a month.

        Not saying it doesn't work in some situations, just don't think if you do these things you'll be Alpha AF.

        [–]alpha_n3rd 40 points41 points  (5 children)

        yeah finally a trump post with some meat on it's bones, not just "TRUMP IS REDPILL BECAUSE REASONS DURRR"

        [–]night-addict 4 points5 points  (3 children)

        To be fair, that 48 Laws example post with Trump was pretty great.

        [–]alpha_n3rd 5 points6 points  (1 child)

        I think I skipped that one b/c I was sick of all the trump posts

        [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (7 children)

        Fraud waste and abuse

        So true

        My roomate works for the EPA of canada as a graphic designer. They were throwing away an 8-core 16gb RAM computer because "1 year old is too much" - literally to the recycling.

        This is where tax payers money is going ...

        [–]1IamGale[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        That's awful... The oversights in government agencies is crazy. I worked for a University awhile ago and instead of ordering the cheapest goods from Amazon, they had to order the goods from an "approved" supplier who charged 3x the regular price... It cut away at so much of the budget.

        [–]NeoreactionSafe 35 points36 points  (21 children)

        Then he also points out the fact why they’re attacking him.

        “Let me tell you this because you’re really getting beaten badly. I know you’re embarrassed and I know you’re embarrassed (pointing at Rubio) but keep fighting keep swinging.

        This makes it clear to your audience why they’re seeing the behaviour that’s currently happening. By calling it out, you help put the whole argument in discussion and re-frame the situation. In this case, he’s saying that the two are only attacking him because he’s winning. He subtlely reminds the audience that he’s the winning candidate here.

        I watched the full debate.

        That was the point when it was "game over".

        Rubio and Cruz were swinging wildly with weak attacks and Trump was just standing there like they were teenage children.

        It would be nearly impossible after that point for anyone to see either Cruz or Rubio as on the same level as Trump.

        Trump is truly showing what Red Pill is and reminding us all what authentic masculine polarity is about.

        Decades ago there were far more masculine men... I'm 55 years old and remember and at times I wake up experiencing great sadness at the decimation of masculinity that the Blue Pill has done to us.

        Remember that the concept of globalism and colonialism isn't new.

        The British Empire was doing the same thing back 200+ years ago and it was those Red Pill aware American colonists that woke up to their Game and broke free of it's Blue Pill emotional indoctrination.

        The immediate response was the War of 1812 where the globalists almost took America back, but were defeated by the help of the French. ("the bombs bursting in air" refers to the War of 1812)

        So the globalist Blue Pill tendency has been with us a long time. (names change, ideas don't)

        Breaking free of the Blue Pill globalism will not be easy and be warned that if it looks like Trump is really getting close to shutting down the Blue Pill corruption they will assassinate him if they can get close.

        The last guy that challenged the "establishment" was John F. Kennedy.

        George H.W. Bush Motions Throat Cut At Trump - YouTube

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GAUnnu2xEg

         

        [–]grachuss 5 points6 points  (2 children)

        Everyone said Obama would be assassinated too...

        [–]NeoreactionSafe 13 points14 points  (1 child)

        Except that was because people thought he was an "outsider".

        Once Obama got inside it became obvious he was a Blue Pill guy they could trust.

        Just about everything he said to get elected he ended up doing the opposite.

        Remember he was going to be the guy that "reformed the corruption" but in reality he has amplified the corruption by a factor of ten.

         

        [–]juliusstreicher 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Remember he was going to be the guy that "reformed the corruption" but in reality he has amplified the corruption by a factor of ten

        Amplification is reform, of one type, lol...

        None of the Republicans thought he was an "outsider", and the Democrats knew that he wasn't, but, it was such a powerful part of their narrative and marketing point that they weren't going to give that one up.

        [–]NeoreactionSafe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

         

        CIA Document 1035-960

        http://memoryholeblog.com/2013/01/20/cia-document-1035-960-foundation-of-a-weaponized-term/

        CIA Document 1035-960 was released in response to a 1976 FOIA request by the New York Times. The directive is especially significant because it outlines the CIA’s concern regarding “the whole reputation of the American government” vis-à-vis the Warren Commission Report. The agency was especially interested in maintaining its own image and role as it “contributed information to the [Warren] investigation.”

        The memorandum lays out a detailed series of actions and techniques for “countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries.” For example, approaching “friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors)” to remind them of the Warren Commission’s integrity and soundness should be prioritized. “[T]he charges of the critics are without serious foundation,” the document reads, and “further speculative discussion only plays in to the hands of the [Communist] opposition.”

        The agency also directed its members “[t]o employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose.”

        ...so I wasn't bullshitting here.

         

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          [–]NRG1975 3 points4 points  (2 children)

          He's a conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. He is nothing more than more of Trump. Say shit for short term gain whether it is true or not. The sad part is AJ makes predictions that will be provable in the near future, and his predictions almost never match with history. Whoever links AJ should seriously not be taken seriously. Add a hefty helping of granular salt with anything they say.

          [–]NeoreactionSafe 1 point2 points  (10 children)

          Just pay attention to the video of Bush the Elder.

           

          [–]Lucifer_The_Unclean 71 points72 points  (90 children)

          I honestly couldn't believe my eyes and ears watching Trump hold his own against everyone. No matter what they threw at him it wouldn't stick. Even if I don't agree with him on every point I want a leader who will make America hold our own even if the entire world gangs up against us. He's literally proving his leadership abilities.

          [–]CaCacanada 9 points10 points  (12 children)

          1. When haven't we held our own?
          2. A good leader wouldn't have the world against us to begin with. All of the world's economies are connected so why would the world hating us be seen as a good thing?
          3. It sounds like you're falling for basic manipulation tactics like "Divide and Conquer." You believe in this US vs THEM mentality and that's what's captivating you. I'm not surprised Trump is where he is but I haven't heard a single, good explanation of why he will be a good president. So I ask you to tell me what will make Trump a good president?

          [–]warjesus420 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          Glad to see some here aren't being bought in by him and are maintaining actual semblance of intelligence.

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            [–]Senior Endorsed Contributormax_peenor 42 points43 points  (29 children)

            no bearing on his actual ability to lead the country.

            This platitude is getting tiresome. Exactly what does it mean? Ability to lead the country?

            [–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (10 children)

            Indian here. We basically elected a grown up version of Trump 2 years back - Modi. The man was theatrical as hell, flamboyant and had a history of islamophobia and right wing beliefs.

            He's not a bad leader since he had over 25 years of experience in political leadership, but his islamophobic, anti-democratic policies have created a quasi civil war of sorts between the rationalists and the religious nuts. And despite all the theatricality, he hasnt actually managed to get anything done

            I can guarantee you will be disappointed with Trump

            [–]omgimbackagain 12 points13 points  (0 children)

            Interesting perspective. I would counter with:

            Like people were dissapointed in Obama, Bush hell even Clinton?

            There is only so much someone as a figurehead at the top of the pile can do. It is far better in my opinion to have a strong leader at the helm then someone who is more likely to get bullied by special interests.

            [–]Senior Endorsed Contributormax_peenor 34 points35 points  (1 child)

            his islamophobic, anti-democratic policies have created a quasi civil war of sorts between the rationalists and the religious nuts

            You realize he did that on purpose, right?

            I can guarantee you will be disappointed with Trump

            We are always disappointed. The problem isn't the men in office. The problem is the population. We want someone with the power of a King, the morals of a saint and a magical handbag that shits out gold bars every time he opens it. In other words, we want our parents because we can't be grown up any more.

            Enjoy the decline....

            [–]icecow 4 points5 points  (0 children)

            If one yells more power to states, less to feds, one will come off as a backwards hick. However how else could it be. As the size of the country went from 20 million to 350 million, so did the ridiculousness of one man representing all of them. It's like if the head of the girl scouts found herself in charge of 20 million girl scouts instead of 500, and started issuing what types of underwear they can and can't wear.

            I'd think counties, and states would have about the same amount of power, and the feds would have a fraction. Want a good education system? Accept that County level participation and decisions is as big as it can get.

            [–]juliusstreicher 0 points1 point  (1 child)

            We will be disappointed with ANY President. You, however, don't like him, so you won't be disappointed. What a paradox!

            [–]1thiasus 5 points6 points  (0 children)

            Nothing about him suggests that he actually knows what's best for our country.

            The only candidate this doesn't apply to is Hillary and that's only because you said "him" and "he", although one has his doubts.

            [–]warjesus420 0 points1 point  (3 children)

            Ummmm....no? What he did was just say, I'm right and you're wrong and interrupt people lol. While that may work here in the country where he has fame that won't do a goddamn thing to China, ISIS, Mexico, or anywhere. Anyone who thinks otherwise is in for a very very rude awakening when Trump starts to fail should he(God help us all) Win

            [–]juliusstreicher 5 points6 points  (0 children)

            He is showing that he will stand up for the US, which is something that no candidate has shown.

            Too many other Presidents have given away too much for too little, and that is one of Trump's strengths. Obama is going around telling the world how much America sucks, who knows what Bush was doing, and Clinton was selling out America's interest to the Chinese and drug smugglers for a pile of cash.

            [–]waynebradysworld 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            Your post history reminds me of a septic tank that hasn't ever been emptied.

            Just thought you should know. Go back to the purple pill, hippie

            [–]phrostbyt 33 points34 points  (15 children)

            you know it really is a shame. there's a lot of bright people on this sub, logical insightful people.. but then there's also plenty of sheep who pretty much follow every post on here like it's some kind of gospel, and they're probably going to buy into this thinking trump is some kind of god. trump might be a red pill guy, but don't let that influence your decision on who is best for the country, think for yourselves guys

            [–]waynebradysworld 11 points12 points  (4 children)

            The more people think about it, the more blatantly obvious it becomes that Trump is the ONLY viable candidate. Perhaps you are alittle slower than some of the people here?

            [–]phrostbyt 3 points4 points  (2 children)

            right, because i disagree with you i'm slow.. you kind of sound like trump, congratulations :)

            [–]waynebradysworld 4 points5 points  (1 child)

            I didn't say you are slow, I said it is a possibility. I don't know you from Adam.

            [–]juliusstreicher 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            What is this patronizing shit?? "...don't let that influence ...best for the country...think for yourselves..." WTF do you think does our thinking for us??

            Do you think that we need YOU to tell us how to think???

            [–]Zahoo 2 points3 points  (6 children)

            trump might be a red pill guy, but don't let that influence your decision on who is best for the country, think for yourselves guys

            Is anyone on trp seriously considering voting for someone else? I could understand not voting but I would love someone to tell me how they can say things like AWALT and are going to vote for Hillary.

            [–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (3 children)

            What amazes me about Trump is how quickly and efficiently he kills accusations.

            In the press conference where Chris Christie endorsed him, a reporter with an ax to grind asked, "What do you have to say about David Duke endorsing you, too?"

            Trump: "He did? Okay, I disavow it. Next question?"

            If it were Cruz or Rubio he would have blathered something like, "Well, David Duke certainly doesn't represent the Republican Party that I know. It's the party of equal opportunity for all Americans...", etc.

            Trump took the indirect accusation that he's a racist and shot it down in 1.2 seconds.

            [–]warjesus420 1 point2 points  (1 child)

            Uhhh that isn't what happened....He would't disavow him originally then the next day he blamed it on his earpiece like a little bitch unable to take responsibility for his choices when the consequences came knocking.

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            [–]sweetleef 26 points27 points  (7 children)

            He won't be able to get away with such simple answers in a general election.

            Maybe not in an ideal world, where ability, intellect, and experience decided elections - but his opponent is hillary. She hasn't said anything substantive in 3 decades.

            No answer from her will be any "deeper" than his, except that she'll be giving them in a piercing cackle from behind a pursed scowl and a pantsuit.

            [–]Senior Endorsed Contributormax_peenor 8 points9 points  (5 children)

            It only really works because he has a core group of followers

            It appears that group has been steady growing from "he has no chance to win" to "he may win the nomination" to "he has a very real chance of winning the presidency."

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              [–]B_Campbell 4 points5 points  (9 children)

              Yeah, when did playing the victim all the time become TRP?

              [–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (7 children)

              When it's A good strategy.

              This sub is seriously going downhill. It used to be understood that winning at life was the goal. Now most of the people here just care about meeting the caricature of an alpha.

              [–]Sementeries 10 points11 points  (3 children)

              Been here since 20,000 subscribers, and I've seen people saying this before then.

              Take your "doomsday" elsewhere.

              [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

              So have I and it was undeniably better then

              [–]Sementeries 5 points6 points  (1 child)

              The top posts in TRP? Agreed, but TRP isn't going to shit as you claim.

              There is always gonna be more shit posts than gems. That goes for any sub.

              [–]1PrinceofSpades 0 points1 point  (1 child)

              for the sake of getting laid

              However, playing the victim is rarely a way to win at life. I don't consider getting out of doing dishes successful, I consider it forming a terrible habit that will fuck that kid up around college and early adulthood as he won't ever clean them himself when he's on his own. He'll wonder where the other people are to do them, only to finally realize he has no one to blame but himself and his bad habits. That isn't winning, that's being a slob.

              Everything is contextual though; playing the victim as one of your many cards like Trump did here is how to properly utilize such a tactic to get ahead successfully.

              [–]1thiasus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              Since the time it became a fundamental political strategy, which was about 4000 BC. Probably earlier, but we don't have records.

              Every single leader throughout history has manufactured victimhood in order to legitimize himself, his faction and his actions. Hitler said Germans were the victims of Jews and bolscheviks; the Romans said Carthage was disrespecting Roman allies; Caesar started his conquest of Gaul by (falsely) claiming certain tribes had intruded upon Roman territory; Attila manufactured a persecution of Hunnic merchants to justify invading the Eastern Roman Empire... it goes on like that quite a lot.

              [–]warjesus420 2 points3 points  (1 child)

              Glad some of the subscribers aren't total idiots. The guy literally bitches and moanns about getting questions and more time at debates lol. Every serious candidate wants more time and questions. Instead he cries about it being unfair then goes on social media to complain(while quoting fascists and false fact memes) the guy is a child who had everything given to him.

              [–]1IamGale[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

              Any time anyone asks him a remotely tough question about his business record he screams about them being "nasty" and "unfair."

              He definitely tries to avoid them as much as possible. But RedPill is amoral, and Trump will use any tactic that works. In regards to playing the victim card, Trump definitely loves to do it and it works. He's one of the first politician to really shame the Mass Media.

              He won't be able to get away with such simple answers in a general election.

              He uses simple answers as to not alienate his audience (Ben Carson fails at this). So I actually think we'll continue to see him use simple answers on TV and debates. What he does now is put his complex answers on his website. So I think he'll continue with this strategy unless something happens.

              And if I'm 15 that made me laugh. I actually moved back in with my Dad after University so I have to deal with him. I'm saving money while working on side businesses.

              [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              I completely agree.

              If who you're trying to influence is literally bottom of the barrel society who don't think critically about what you're saying, have nothing to lose by investing time or money in you, or have no assertive qualities themselves, acting like Trump works.

              I wouldn't dare act like Trump in an interview with a law panel or medical panel. They have money, options other than me, and would see right through any Trump bullshit I attempted to use with them.

              [–]GOATmar 5 points6 points  (0 children)

              The only definition of "Alpha Male" is the cunning ability to dominate, and swiftly avoid getting dominated.

              Dominate Life, dominate women and lesser Men, dominate your mind & body, dominate your emotions and the emotions of others, etc etc etc.

              Trump is the only person alive that legitimately does this consistently, for like the past 20 to 30 years.

              It's unreal. Dude is unmatched. The only person I can see hanging with Trump is Putin. And Putin respects the guy and vice-versa!

              [–]combatmechanic 6 points7 points  (1 child)

              After 8 years of floundering, the American public is desperate for leadership, I mean DESPERATE.

              When TRUMP gets up in front of a crowd and TELLS the people he has a plain, and how he will execute it, they eat it up. They (we) are sick of the pansy ass, luke warm leadership that has been washing up like a carbon copies of the last. Trump gives zero fucks, and knows he can do a better job, and the people respond.

              [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

              It's really all about status. People already see him that way. Rubio and Cruz are just 2 hacks he has to go through to win the GOP.

              [–]Optional_Reading 3 points4 points  (1 child)

              I'm not a trump fan but this was a great post. The video link you provided was hilarious. Spot On!!

              [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

              I never really thought about it but the way Trump is carrying himself and drawing masses to him is true genius. I don't believe in his politics but its amazing how well his plan is going so far.

              [–]1IamGale[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              That's why I started following him as well. By all accounts, he should have crashed and burn by now but he hasn't. None of the other politicians can touch him. It's ridiculous but it works.

              [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (6 children)

              I'm not American but I've been following the elections solely because of Trump

              Trump is a force of nature the last few months. He is without shame, without remorse and without embarassment. He does not give a shit about the status quo and he treats debates like schoolyard tussles

              What I've been amazed with the most is how ineffectual his opponents have been. They keep trying to reason but the truth is, you cant win against Trump with reason. You win by treating him like a big baby and not caring about his opinion at all

              If I was Rubio and Trump was going after me, I'd just say, "Donald, youre a giant baby and I'm not going to listen to you because you dont listen to babies on important policy matters. This is big boy business, not just stamping your name on things"

              [–]juliusstreicher 5 points6 points  (2 children)

              If I was Rubio and Trump was going after me, I'd just say, "Donald, youre a giant baby and I'm not going to listen to you because you dont listen to babies on important policy matters. This is big boy business, not just stamping your name on things"

              No, if you were Rubio you would be a big pussy, and that is what Rubio is doing. That is also why Trump is winning. If Rubio was in it to make America great, Rubio would show some balls, but, he doesn't want to hit Trump too hard, because he wants to hedge his own bets and not insult Trump too much because Trump may want a man of Rubio's talents to fill the No. 2 slot...

              Rubio's thinking is the kind of thinking that keeps America in low regard, not having courage and looking out for America's interests.

              [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

              Honest, in the video OP linked, Rubio is smiling like a little school boy expecting a pat on the back for saying something smart. He looks ridiculous

              If the field was any better, Trump would be getting screwed right now. Someone like Reagan would wipe the floor with him.

              [–]juliusstreicher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              I think that that shows that times have changed, and why Trump is doing so well. The Republicans, who are a minority, have been trying to, well, I don't have the slightest idea what they've been trying to do. Reagan had a message of strength and power, as opposed to the milksop Carter. Now, Trump has a message of strength and power, as opposed to the milksop other Republicans.

              [–]Kepler-18e 8 points9 points  (6 children)

              All of the ways in which Trump defends himself adds to his foolish character. Use cheap defense tactics and you will be seen in the same way. Either be right or smarter than whoevers attacking you but be childish and people will treat you as such. Most people, at least outside of the US, treat him like an idiot and the way in which he acts in these debates. We should be learning from the person who prepared to defend himself and is smart enough to provide educated, strong retaliations. Not this.

              [–]ben0wn4g3 -1 points0 points  (4 children)

              Trump is a joke. If he wins America is a joke.

              [–]Zahoo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

              The election process (not the presidency) is a joke. Its not about having good ideas its like the Superbowl. Its all about getting people hyped up to go to the polls and vote for you and thats what Trump is doing.

              Who am I supposed to vote for who is not a joke?

              [–]bedoef 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              Yup. The whole debate was a shame and a redirect from actual topics. Most of these tactics are valid, but poorly used by Trump in my opinion. At the end of the day, you learned nothing about him or his position or plan save that he is dismissive of everyone. What good does that do? Congratulations, you've proven to be a person who ignores others, how does that make you a good president?

              [–]johnchapel 24 points25 points  (68 children)

              Im surprised any of you could see Trump as any kind of redpill. You seen his twitter? He's beta as fuck, considers everything said about him a threat, and responds to EVERY criticism. He oozes insecurity.

              [–]1IamGale[S] 28 points29 points  (26 children)

              He oozes a desire for attention. Media attention to be specific and everything he does is aimed at garnering him more coverage.

              He's beta as fuck, considers everything said about him a threat

              There's a very good reason for this. One thing that the media loves to cover is drama. By exaggerating attacks on himself, like with the pope, he's able to get the media to cover him more.

              Not everything is beta and alpha, always look into his intentions.

              [–]johnchapel 5 points6 points  (25 children)

              You raise fair points. To be sure...

              its just...

              Man, look at his twitter. It's REALLY whiny. He acts like a bitchy ex girlfriend.

              [–]1PrinceofSpades 13 points14 points  (8 children)

              Politics is a red-pill game for a blue-pill audience. He's not appealing to you, he's appealing to his voters. You're more like him than they are, but you have the wrong context. You're questioning his TRP value, when many of us see it clearly: he's doing everything underhanded and possible that he can to win. It's working perfectly. Why would his Twitter page be any different? Really put yourself with all your newfound TRP knowledge at the age of 70. All those years of life experience. Then put yourself in his shoes. It should start to all make sense.

              [–]VegasSaint9 2 points3 points  (15 children)

              https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=TGc2nN9OguQ

              If you want to hear about his insecurities just get to the part where someone made fun of the size of his hands and he had to like prove it in every letter he had sent by tracing it or something.

              [–]johnchapel 7 points8 points  (13 children)

              Yeah, I watched John Oliver every week.

              Seriously, im sorry, but he's thin skinned as a motherfuck. There's nothing tough about him.

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                [–]NRG1975 6 points7 points  (10 children)

                It isn't a narrative, it is real life. He is soft. Brash, but so is a barking Yorkshire Terrier. Trump is the one selling a narrative, which you seem to have bought.

                [–]VegasSaint9 1 point2 points  (9 children)

                I don't get how people can't see through Trump's populist fascist rhetoric. The man says nothing of true value. I get the anger towards a defunct Congress, but really this is your guy?? It doesn't take a genius to figure out he's soft either. He's the typical person who talks the talk but doesnt walk the walk, just at the billionaire level. He's just a salesman running for power using your frustration. Thats it.

                [–]Alpacash 19 points20 points  (0 children)

                He uses twitter as a political tool. I doubt he is the one posting anyway.

                [–]rep12 2 points3 points  (32 children)

                A politicians Twitter is different to a regular guy's.

                [–]thegreenmachine90 10 points11 points  (4 children)

                He's VERY insecure, that's why he's so self assuring all the time. He's an entertaining character and I enjoyed watching The Apprentice, but God forbid he be running our country

                [–]johnchapel 1 point2 points  (3 children)

                Thank you! I dunno why so many redpillers think he's so grand. He's SUUUUCH an overt little bitch.

                [–]juliusstreicher 0 points1 point  (1 child)

                He is the AMOG and a billionaire. Something that many RPers take to be positive attributes. I know, I know, a real RPer would tell everybody around to go fuck themselves, but, oh, I don't know...

                [–]bobjoe177 7 points8 points  (9 children)

                Anyone else think that the way he repeating every point he makes several times is a deliberate appeal to angry at the world aging baby boomers? They look at this and see themselves but instead of carefully picking apart the rhetoric they pat themselves on the back for being informed. This reminds me of watching drunk 50 somethings argue politics; talking over one another, using personal attacks to address major issues, repeating themselves constantly until whatever the fuck they said every time it gets a reaction. Did I mention how many times they repeat themselves?

                [–]AldoTheeApache 8 points9 points  (0 children)

                Boomers are more like 60-something now, but yes, watching him is like watching a Fox News comment board come to life.

                That said I was still kind of stunned at how he was able to not only shut them down, but shut them out completely. He was talking nonsense and I'd never vote for him, but wow, kind of blown away at how he was able to pull that off.

                [–]Lo-G 1 point2 points  (0 children)

                I should point out that these defences are all based on logical fallacies. Other redpillers and intelligent men will figure you out quickly if these are the sole arguments you have to defend yourself. You need to also be logically sound if you want to appeal to a different public than just the masses.

                [–]reecewagner 6 points7 points  (2 children)

                This post is laughable - although I get it in the context, I'll never understand this subreddit's adoration of this asshole. Point by point:

                1. You can change the frame of a conversation to appease simple-minded buffoons all you want - the integrity of Rubio's statement remains and Trump looks like a hypocrite to anyone actually paying attention to the facts behind the statement.

                2. Again, re-framing something illegal as a strength is a moronic play - I don't see how this appeals to someone with an attention span longer than 4 or 5 words.

                3. Ok, sure. Hypocritical again, but clearly we're past caring about that.

                4. So just talk louder than people and cut them off? Where am I, Fox News?

                5. Dismissing arguments forgets that humility appeals to people. You're closing off a large section of your audience every time you pretend to be infallible.

                6. This is a valid point - context is always key.

                7. Sure, but painting yourself as a hero closes people off as well, and Trump is far from it.

                8. I'm not sure what's comedic about decrying legitimate sources. His response was childish if anything.

                9. Wow. Honestly hard to believe he reels in voters with this. Vague responses and legitimate plans to eliminate the department of education? Lol good luck USA.

                10. I'm not even sure where to start with this. Playing the victim is the last thing I ever thought I'd see supported on this forum, and goes against every masculine fiber I have. Ridiculous suggestion, in any context.

                11. Lol. If you're talking to an audience of gerbils, sure this should work.

                Real bizarre post here. Really disappointing if this is the trajectory of US government (I'm not American), and really disappointing to see Trump being used as anything to aspire to. His is fake-alpha behaviour at its most useless, and this was an embarassing read.

                [–]ben0wn4g3 5 points6 points  (0 children)

                ITT people think Trump is RP when he's just an school boy idiot. His success merely reflects the stupidity of the average American.

                [–]talltaleteller 1 point2 points  (0 children)

                This is less useful within the context of daily life, especially relationships. I think that shutting a girlfriend down so harshly would only result in discontent.

                [–]PPL_93 1 point2 points  (0 children)

                Hate to break it to you guys https://youtu.be/TGc2nN9OguQ

                [–]Shmoopernator 1 point2 points  (1 child)

                Great analysis. A Youtube channel called Charisma on Command also does a pretty good video on how Trump plays his opponents. Worth a watch if you want more examples on his strategies.

                [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Did you see rubio talking about small hands and fake tans? Makes the whole race seem so petulant. He's running for fucking president and making small dick jokes. Not just Rubio either, I think even trump is guilty of it. The whole thing is just a big circus at this point.

                [–]ShiftnBlayzd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Main point that I fail to do, is to remain calm, don't lose your head in the face of adversity.

                [–]Larqus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Reads like the Russian Federation Manual on Diplomacy.

                [–]sensitiveduck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                haven't visited the red pill for over 3 months and wanted to check this thread out. the red pill has been subverted. soooo many cucks jezus

                [–]FirstnameLastnamePKA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                I may not agree on his economic platform, But Trump can navigate agruements like a god.

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