OK, so the Republican race isn’t over yet but Donald Trump is now three to one ON in the betting to win the Republican nomination, with Ted Cruz now 4/1.
Now, I’m not saying Cruz is an angel, because he sure is not, but it says an awful lot about the state of the American electorate that Donald Trump has been able to muster such a remarkable following under the auspices of a brand that I could only describe as toxic.
Most certainly it is toxic in the UK.
And for liberal America it too repulses commentators most notably in this MSNBC report by a visibly shocked Rachel Maddow. In the broadcast above Maddow creates a timeline of Trump speeches (you’ll have seen many of these snippets before so it’s not clever editing at play here) of the escalating call for an end to the toleration of protesters at Trump rallies and an increasing call for violence that led to the riots in Chicago.
It’s only one aspect of ‘Brand Trump’ that is so much the antithesis of Obama’s winning campaigns, that it makes me wonder if it can be the same electorate that is being addressed.
Now, sure, Obama’s dream is far from realised, but the quiet dignity with which he has presided over his office is a lesson in diplomacy for many leaders.
The tone adopted by Trump on the other (small) hand threatens to drive the US political system into farce.
But, like all good brands, the tone of voice is consistent.
One might also describe it as disruptive because it’s taking US politics and entirely reframing it.
In that respect it is as masterful as Obama’s Hope campaign.
But people, ultimately, are frightened of disruption.
Brand owners particularly so.
So, we can only hope that ‘Brand Republican’ sees, in time, that sub-brand Trump is about to kill its parent.
I mean, is this how you’d like your brand satirised on national TV and global internet?