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voters without planned and polished speeches is a rare feat for politicians, but then again, Trump has never claimed to be a politician. He’s a businessman, first and foremost, and that’s the crux of his campaign—fixing a flagging economy, creating jobs, and bringing business back to America. With seemingly unstoppable momentum, if Trump does win the White House in November, the question will be: can the man who claims he will “Make America Great Again” do the job? Critics say he’s too divisive to be effective, and that it is unlikely Trump can parlay his success in business to the oval office due to the fact that government is not a business. However, supporters believe he’s got the business know-how and the moxie to deliver on his campaign promises. Christopher J. Galdieri, assistant political professor at Saint Anselm College, said, “Government does things that cost money and make no profit simply because no one else but government can do them; straightfor-

ward profit/loss calculations do not apply.” Political psychologist Bart Rossi, Ph.D., also believes Trump is all bluster. “Being president is vastly different than running a corporation. To be president, you must be a team player and someone who unites people. Trump discards groups of people and is an authoritarian personality who likes to be the boss." Rossi explained that Trump’s persona of the “boss who says it like it is” is what makes him an attractive choice to some voters; however, “Trump acting on his own as the boss will turn off leaders and trade deals will not happen with his arrogant and abrasive personality.” Galdieri added that Trump lacks political connections and experience to fill his cabinet with qualified leaders. “He could take direction from the Republican establishment,” he said, “but it seems unlikely he'd be willing to listen to them.” Yet, it’s Trump’s refusal to follow the establishment playbook that is resonating so resolutely with supporters. And, according to Trump in

his speech following an overwhelming win in the New York primaries, fixing the economy and creating jobs is his ‘wheelhouse.’ “We are going to use our great business people to negotiate unbelievable trade deals so we can bring our jobs back,” Trump said. But the true test of what any candidate—Republican or Democrat—can actually accomplish in office must be taken on trust. Many a broken campaign promise has left American voters on both sides feeling dissatisfied, discouraged, and more than a bit jaded with their government. Recent numbers show that GOP voter turnout is up over 50 percent from the last two primary cycles (20.7 million so far for 2016; 13.7 million in both 2012 and 2008), which demonstrates how Trump, a candidate untarnished by backroom politics, has infused new hope and energy to a party that has repeatedly let down its voters for the last decade or more. As critics continue to lambast Trump for campaign promises that lack substance, supporters believe his position on fixing trade and creating THE SUIT MAGAZINE p.19

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Fear And Loathing With Donald Trump History has proven that businessmen make terrible U.S. Presidents. The vast majority of U.S. Presidents...

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