Opinion: The messenger

By Former Assemblymember Steven Sanders

I have been doing much thinking about this Presidential campaign and the phenomenon which is Donald Trump. Like others I underestimated his appeal.

For sure he is a skilled presence in front of cameras and a big crowd. What he lacks in knowledge or even a scintilla of government experience he makes up for with years of media savvy. He is accustomed to reporters and being the center of controversy.

But how is it that much of the Republican Party is enthralled by a person with no real policy ideas about governing, or implementing programs and certainly no interest in political consensus building? How did he become the leader of a great political party?

The answer is that he is not leading from the front, he is leading from behind. In fact he is not leading at all, but rather he is the messenger. He has become the embodiment of the frustration, rage and yes even bigotry, that has been festering amongst millions of our fellow citizens for decades.

Donald Trump did not create the message, but he is delivering it. He is saying and doing what millions of Americans feel. And in him these people see the reflection of themselves. That is why his supporters are so passionately loyal to him no matter what idiotic thing he might say or do. To deny Trump would be to deny themselves and to invalidate their deep seeded dislikes and distrusts. Donald Trump is the agent to vent all that anger.

And Trump understands this dynamic and is exploiting it to great success.

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Senior shoved in mugging on East 14th Street

Robbery suspect

Robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man who forcefully mugged on a senior on East 14th Street last Wednesday, March 16.

At around 7:40 p.m. the victim, a 66-year-old man, was walking near Third Avenue when he was pushed to the ground by another man who shoved him to the ground. The suspect then grabbed the victim’s wallet, containing $250 in cash as well as credit and debit cards.

The suspect, who was seen on surveillance video, is black, approximately 5’5” tall with a dark complexion and black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black jacket, black jeans and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) The public can also submit their tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577.