On the 16th of June 2015, Donald J Trump announced that he would be running for President of the United States for the 2016 elections, from Trump Tower in NYC. Little did he know that on this very same day, he would become the conductor of the Trump Train.
What is the Trump Train?
A lot of people have heard about the Trump Train, but not everyone knows what it is. The Trump Train is the movement that immediately started around Trump, which he immediately capitalized on. For this reason, he has become the conductor of the train.
During the election cycle, when it seemed like he was losing support or that his train was slowing down, he would stoke the flames and get it moving a little bit faster by making a racy tweet. When a news story would come trying to slam him down, he would shift gears and start doing something else to make the media seem slow, out of date, or just plain wrong.
After clearly defining what exactly the Trump Train is, let’s speak about all the noteworthy moments for the movement during the 2016 election cycle.
The Start of the Trump Train
As stated before, Donald J Trump announced that he would be running for President of the United States during the 2016 elections, from Trump Tower in NYC on the 16th of June 2015. Right off the bat, the engine of the Trump Train roared to life.
The reason for this, you may be asking yourself? Besides having some very out-there policies prioritized, when Trump was on his way down from Trump Tower, someone took a photo that looked eerily similar to a Simpsons episode in which Trump announces that he’s running for President.
People were stupefied by this synchronization of fiction and reality, so much so that jokes started going around - leading more people to hear about the Trump train, and more people hopping aboard.
Rosie O Donnell, Low Energy Jeb, Lyin’ Ted Cruz
After the whole Simpsons predicting reality thing, the Trump Train was firing on all cylinders. Because of this, the media decided to try and be a little abrasive with Trump. During the first GOP debates, he was asked a question by Megan Kelly that went something like this:
“You’ve called women you don’t like dogs, fat pigs, slobs…”
Before she could even finish her question, Trump interjected and said:
“Only Rosie O’Donnell”
The crowd went wild, and the Trump Train got a lot more people to join it as well. Trump went on to say how he doesn’t have time for political correctness, which made him look even better.
This same kind of quick-wittedness is what made him stomp “Low Energy Jeb” and “Lyin’ Ted Cruz.” Both were ahead of him in the polls at the very start of the elections, and as time went on Trump really cut them down to size, while at the same time making Trump Train grow and grow and grow.
The reason lyin' Ted Cruz has lost so much of the evangelical vote is that they are very smart and just don't tolerate liars-a big problem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2016
The final moments of the Trump Train were some of the most memorable, and they are the ones that definitely solidified the tracks that lead to the Oval Office. Of course, these moments are the “you’d be in jail” moment during the debates with Hillary, and then the speech he gave at the Al Smith charity dinner.
With all of these wonderful moments, the destiny of the Trump Train was sealed. It was meant to go the oval office, no matter what, and it succeeded.