Trump is Using Alinsky Tactics to Attack Opponents

Trump is Using Alinsky Tactics to Attack Opponents

Remember the days back in 2009 and 2010 when the Tea Party was just starting to be heard? We learned about the work of Saul Alinsky, a radical “community organizer” who influenced Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. We learned about his “Rules for Radicals,” which were intended to stir up class warfare and to instruct the “Have-Nots on how to take it (power) away.”


While Donald Trump is certainly not trying to incite his followers to ‘fight power and privilege’ in the way that Alinsky envisioned, he is employing some of the same tactics of the late radical.

Let’s look at the rules Trump seems to be employing to dispatch his political nemeses, and, in particular, Senator Ted Cruz.

  • Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

Trump has been attacking Cruz not only on his supposed “questionable” eligibility status, but has also been referencing Cruz’s loans he borrowed from Goldman-Sachs against his assets in order to fund his senatorial race in 2012. He insists they’re illegal and that “what he did was wrong,” even “worse than Hillary.”

Legal Insurrection points out that both websites Open Secrets and Roll Call reported in 2013 that the loans were filed with the Senate, but inadvertently left off the Federal Election Commission forms. It was not a secret, it was a mistake, and certainly not illegal.

Columnist Phil Kerpen discovered the filing form from 2012 and published it at Twitter.

But Cruz must be kept to an impossible standard, says the guy who launched the possibly fraudulent “Trump University,” in 2005, which supposedly promised success in real estate through Trump’s courses. Trump University ran until 2010, and has been slapped with lawsuits for “bait-and-switch” tactics.

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