WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Marc Daniels sells yarmulkes, most famously he sells Donald Trump yarmulkes.
But Sunday evening, Daniels came to the Trump town hall in this suburb of Milwaukee not only a mission of commerce, but also to deliver a spiritual message to the Trump campaign. Daniels' passion and message is a great example of the cornucopia of viewpoints and backgrounds that make up American presidential politics.
Daniels asked me outside the Trump town hall if I knew the whereabouts of any Trump campaign staff. Daniels had not only a bag full of Donald Trump yarmulkes, but also a brand new product: a white yarmulke with a Hebrew version of Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again."
One Hebrew source of mine translated the hat's text as "[Reverse or turn over] America so that it is great again."
This is a profoundly deep spiritual sentiment, Daniels told me. The Hebrew word translated as greatness, he said, carries a spiritual connotation, and it evokes the notion of a promised land.
If Trump were to "pivot," and adopt the idea captured in this Hebrew slogan, he would win the election, Daniels argued excitedly in the parking lot of Nathan Hale High School.
Daniels drove from Springfield to West Allis to "tell Donald Trump to look at the spiritual roots of his own slogan." This spiritual concept would allow Trump to "pool the righteous Christians, Muslims, and Jews."
I'm skeptical of Daniels' political judgment, and unequipped to analyze his Hebrew skills. I don't doubt his excitement about his idea. "Can you imagine going into New York with the information I have?" he asked with a smile.
Timothy P. Carney, The Washington Examiner's senior political columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com. His column appears Tuesday and Thursday nights on washingtonexaminer.com.