The spectacular production which has been Donald Trump’s campaign for president has prompted no shortage of commentary. Supporters tout his unconventional rhetoric and willingness to address third-rail political issues like immigration as a refreshing change from politics-as-usual.
Add Mark Cuban to that list. The billionaire, who has in other contexts been a rival of Trump’s, recently took to social media singing the Donald’s praises. From The Blaze:
“I don’t care what his actual positions are,” Cuban wrote. “I don’t care if he says the wrong thing. He says what’s on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years.”
Cuban suggested that politics as usual does not appeal to the average voter.
“Up until Trump announced his candidacy the conventional wisdom was that you had to be a professional politician in order to run,” Cuban wrote. “You had to have a background that was politically scrubbed. In other words smart people who didn’t live perfect lives could never run. Smart people who didn’t want their [family] put under the media spotlight wouldn’t run.”
Does this speak for the majority of Trump supporters? Does it speak for you? Does it matter what Trump’s actual positions are? Does it matter whether what Trump has expressed most recently jives with things said before? Or does his willingness to “tell it like it is” transcend such considerations?