Reciprocity is the key to President Donald Trump:Iran is just the latest to find this out; before that it was Hillary, and before that it was the seventeen Republican primary dwarfs. What is kind of strange is that this strategy keeps taking people by surprise when not only has he demonstrated its effectiveness time and again, but the strategy is mathematically provable as the optimum approach:Reciprocity has been the key to understanding Donald Trump. Whether you are a media figure or a mullah, a prime minister or a pope, he will be good to you if you are good to him. Say something mean, though, or work against his interests, and he will respond in force. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be polite. There will be fallout. But you may think twice before crossing him again.
Enter Game Theory. "Play Nice" as a strategy simply isn't working. Trust in government has been declining for the same 40 years that the Middle Class has been shrinking, but the elites have gamed the system to ensure that no real change will get in the way of them fattening their portfolios at the Middle Class' expense. The urge to play Tit For Tat has been building, but has had no outlet. The field has been prepared, over the course of decades, for a candidate beyond the control of the elites.You'd think they'd learn.
Hello, Donald Trump. He was already a "name brand" to TV, and so the Media couldn't ignore him. He's a billionaire, and so the donors couldn't control him. He's a smart deal maker with a long history of persuading people to do things.
Right candidate, right time. Four decades of rapine has led to this point. The outcome was, you might say, inevitable.