Ok, maybe you're not listening.
Maybe you're in the percentage of Americans or Millennials (which is nearly all of us) who could not care less about presidential elections and campaign circus-act speeches.
Generally speaking, politics and presidential campaigns can be rather boring. But the amount of attention the current 2016 election hype is receiving is unlike the previous ones, and is likely due to a new level of entertainment.
And of all the desperate acts in this summer's circus (a.k.a. the 2016 Presidential campaign) the most unlikely clown to rise to the forefront was Donald Trump.
Yet, in past weeks Trump has maintained an impressive steady uphill ride in the polls, now striding right on 26.5% percent in the GOP Quinnipiac polls, a 16.2% leap within two months.
It's hard to picture the man who famously coined "You're fired!", landed on the cover of Playboy (accompanied by a bunny, of course), and already surrounded by enough beautiful women to make Hugh Hefner jealous, to ever step into the Oval Office as President of the United States. But no doubt, this larger-than-life personality has won over more celebrity platforms than most Oscar-winning actors see in a lifetime. Roaming any of the current nightly news, that Trump is guaranteed to be seen on any given night, if not hour, of the week, it is beginning to feel like we are on some twisted version of a national reality TV program.
But nonetheless, Trump assures us: "This is the real deal."
And why a man with more wealth, more air time, more women than the best of them, is compelled to become our next President, is beyond most of us.
"To make America great again. " the Donald would tell you.
Political critics and journalists alike credit his candid, conversational approach to speech engagements as his winning factor. His steady pace, with his non-scripted use of literal language and political verbiage (or lack thereof) is said to all to be working to his advantage. The New York times also note, "Mr. Trump has built a broad, demographically and ideologically diverse coalition, constructed around personality, not substance, that bridges demographic and political divides."
Add to all of the above, Trump is not a politician. Of this, he constantly reminds us. Which few Americans seem to care for now a days, anyways.
While, there are certainly more than 7 crazy things The Donald has said over the years, here is a taste of the crazy-stupid things Trump is saying now:
Such broad, outlandish statements are to be expected for candidates. But even Forbes would note that in the excessive campaign "Trump still is the best of a bad GOP lot on foreign policy."
Trump does have millions of followers: 3.8 million, to be exact.
It is a tad mind-boggling that he is doing so well on the run without spending a lick on promotions - even to The Donald himself.
Even in a recent interview with Meet The Press, Trump rebutted a clearly perturbed Chuck Todd, "And now your show will get more views than ever before." And get more views, it did.
That night Meet the Press received the most views it had since 2014.
If one thing is clear, Trump seems to be more concerned with illegal immigration than anyone in the race yet. While his tactics are extreme, it's clear he has an agenda.
And, just when you thought a man was about as self-assured as he could get...
Yes, we've all known this man cherishes women - in one way or another. (Women's health on the other hand?) Trump has said more than once, his wife and daughter do feel that the media gives an inaccurate portrayal of Trump's view of women.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Trump claimed his daughter, Ivanka said her father's view on women "is really misunderstood." Though, for a man that seemed to shuffle the average woman around like a stack of poker cards on the Apprentice, I guess he would have to be your dad for you to see that in him. (Which is a scary thought.)
Few can argue with him there.
A retweet. Not a complete original genius Trump thought. And one that shouldn't require any further explanation. However, if it does - just refrain from voting altogether.
One can't help but wonder, with Hillary's guaranteed entourage and, the now heavy contender Bernie Sanders in the run for the Democratic nominee, if perhaps Trump (a previously liberal, suddenly conservative, potentially paving-the-way-to-his-own-party contender) may have seen the possibility of a run in the Republican party as the opportune moment for a sure spot in the ring come 2016.
Whether or not you take him seriously, whether or not you can stand him, whether or not his plans to control illegal immigration sound ludicrous to you (or even remotely feasible,) Trump is getting just the coverage he came into the race for.
Along with recent polls, that continue to show more good news in store for Trump, certain characteristics cannot be denied. While the critics and press can’t quite pin down the reason for Trump's success, a recent survey confirms many would agree on at least one prominent trait:
When people hear the name Trump, the word that most frequently came to mind was Arrogant. (And likely, he would be the first to agree.) When the name Hillary was mentioned, the general word to come to mind was Liar (Interestingly enough, she's hearing that name sooner than her husband ever did in office.) And with the name Jeb, the overall negative correlation was Bush. (A last name can even be an unfortunate thing.)
It appears certain negative traits may be more desirable than others. Arrogant, as he may be, Trump is still leading the way in the GOP run. Call it our American hypnotic fascination of any Joe Schmoe with celebrity status or, the general public are tuning because of some level of truth they've been looking to hear, something they perceive, something that resonates.
Blame either his celebrity status, the half-ludicrous things flying out of his mouth, or that insane head of hair (claimed to be the real deal, as well), it is hard to pin down just what is helping Trump climb his way up the GOP polls.
And we still have 20 months to go...