Has he already won? Trump in Iowa
In the beginning, the political establishment elites wrote him off as a joke candidate. He hired actors to fill out the crowd at his announcement. But something happened when Donald Trump started talking- America started listening.
But now they talk about him with a certain inevitability. A resignating acceptance that he’s the one the people want.
“The folks in Iowa have been amazing to me. They’ve been amazing. I’m even leading in all of the polls in Iowa now,” Trump told a crowded school gymnasium holding 2,000. “Some big ones are coming out I guess — but they don’t even matter anymore, to be honest, because we’re so close to the end, what difference does it make.” Gratitude is a new look for Trump, a man for self-promotion and ego. In his campaign stops, Trump has been downplaying the significance of the polls. Even though he follows them very closely.
“We can’t really talk about polls now, we have to just sort of wait and see what happens, right?” Trump said. His campaign spokespeople often downplay the importance of polls, and discount the opinions of those who say he hasn’t invested enough in the local ground game to get the voters out.
Those would be the same people who said he was a joke all those months ago.
While it may seem cliche, it really does matter how many people show up to vote for Trump. In the Iowa caucus, people literally do stand in your corner.
“A lot of people have laughed at me over the years,” Trump said Friday at the end of a speech in New Hampshire, which will host the country’s next nominating contest and where Trump leads by double-digits. “Now they’re not laughing so much, I’ll tell you.”