By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris
3.9.16: National – (Politics): Since his campaign began, pundits, politicians, and the general public have found something to dislike and condemn about Mr. Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who’s doing better than anyone other than him could’ve predicted. Despite daily and lengthy think pieces centered on Mr. Trump and his atrocities, millions spent on ads to discredit him, and protests intended to disrupt and distract him, the New York City billionaire, who has some extremely visible assets – like his flamboyant properties, and some not so ubiquitous, like the Trump branded spring water – has stayed focused on his message and his engagement with media, whether the latter be social or traditional.
The strategy appears to be working for the brash real-estate mogul. Yesterday, Mr. Trump won both the Mississippi and Michigan republican primaries and, in the process, acquired momentum that may assist him in dominating Ohio and Florida, locales where Mr. John Kasich and Mr. Marco Rubio, respectively, need to be victorious in. A showman, Mr. Trump on the campaign trail is dominant. And in the media, he’s equally as domineering, garnering much more earned media than his counterparts.
Mr. Trump’s obsession with his celebrity and his child-like desire to be seen has been well noted. Almost everything he does is considered newsworthy and that’s the way he wants it. So, it is with this is mind that I can confidently assume that Mr. Trump – who in his victory speech last night was surrounded by his branded products, including Trump Ice, bottled spring water distributed at all his private locations – didn’t donate bulks of his thirst-quenchers to the desperate people of Flint, Michigan, who had their drinking water contaminated when, according to the BBC, “lead leached from old pipes after a change in supplier in 2014.”
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There is no news coverage of Mr. Trump sending his bottled water to mitigate the suffering of the roughly 100,000 people who were affected by the Republican governor’s decision to switch the water supply and the incompetency of his staff to acknowledge and respond to the problem immediately. And believe me, if Mr. Trump had done such a philanthropic action, especially for a large group of African-Americans, we all would know about it. Not only didn’t Mr. Trump send his water to Flint, when asked in Iowa about the water crisis impacting the City, the man who always talks said he shouldn’t be commenting on the subject.
It matters that Mr. Trump, a man seeking the highest office in the land and who has the resources to alleviate the suffering among the citizens of Flint, chose not act – it reveals something not flattering about his character. No other presidential candidates was, and is, as uniquely equipped to intervene in a water and financial crisis than Mr. Trump, who touts that his net worth is $10 billion. How can this truth, a billionaire with a messiah complex and water bottling capabilities doesn’t insert himself as a savior in a water crisis that received national attention, be accepted by the public and the press? Where’s the outrage? Where’s the hard questioning?
It’s not as if the media doesn’t scour the web and public records to find ammunition to defeat Mr. Trump, so why the pass on this issue? I can’t understand this moment, and it should be equally as confusing to other voters. Though Mr. Trump has already won Michigan and is putting his focus elsewhere, there’s still plenty of time for the public to force a re-focus of him on Flint. This, more than anything, will show if he’s capable to lead with gusto and a moral authority.
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