Donald Trump, y'all:
Trump loves talking about the contrast [between his campaign and Hillary Clinton's]. In an interview with TIME on June 8 in his Manhattan office overlooking Central Park, he gleefully rattled off the sharp differences in staffing. On this topic, he had no doubt that smaller was better. "We had 73 people. She had 873," he estimated. "It's called lean and mean." His numbers understated his staff and overstated hers, but the ever-fluctuating ratio stands at about 6-to-1."My voters don't care and the public doesn't care." He may be right about his voters, but I'm not sure the general public is going to agree that they're cool with just trusting that he'll "do a good job once you're there." Policy schmolicy—we'll just take your word for it!
For Trump, the idea of hiring an aide whom he might never meet is a recipe for waste. "Hillary's campaign is crazy," he continued. "I look at her staffing, and I mean she's got the United States government there." He even mocks her focus on putting out so many policy proposals, a longtime tradition for major party nominees. "She's got people that sit in cubicles writing policy all day. Nothing's ever going to happen. It's just a waste of paper." (The Clinton campaign counts that paper as a point of pride: 73,645 words of policy and counting.)
It's an ironic pose for a businessman who built his brand on flaunting size, wealth and charisma. But it's also a pitch that Trump plans to bring to voters in the fall. A candidate who can run a frugal and effective campaign, he says, can also run a frugal and effective government, though that same frame means he doesn't need to give specifics. "My voters don't care and the public doesn't care," Trump says. "They know you're going to do a good job once you're there." His theory of the race echoes advice given to salesman for Trump University, the shuttered seminar program that is now the subject of class-action lawsuits. "You don't sell products, benefits or solutions," the school's training manual read. "You sell feelings."
I mean, no amount of detailed policy is going to change my mind about Donald Trump (unless it's to give me a yet lower estimation of him, if that's even possible), but I'm not exactly in his target demographic.
Normally, neither are Republican Senators, for example, because the Republican nominee tends to have their support stitched up. Trump doesn't. They're the ones who need some damn policy details. That Trump doesn't get this—or care—is incredible. And, somehow, entirely typical at the same time.