He swept the polls.
It happened as the political pundits pounded on the table and shook their fists at the shortsighted crowds of GOP voters who were voting not because of the platform he stood upon, but because of the personality he is. The Republican voters turned out and voted for the man who spouted off whatever he wished and refused to apologize for any of it. It was refreshing from the correctness of the regular Republican candidates. Who wants a candidate that makes you feel sorry about your political and ethical views?
Trump offered the Anti-Christ to the Democrats’ Christ — personified in current Democratic President Barack Obama. (Or perhaps the Christ to the Democratic Anti-Christ? My Christian Bible knowledge is a little fuzzy but I do believe the Anti-Christ is supposed to arise first).
Trump finally was the person who knew how to take a page out of the Democratic playbook: ‘Attack the messenger. The message is of secondary importance.’ Trump is merely more vulgar about it.
But Trump is more than that. He’s a demagogue; appealing to the Republican voter for who he is, not for his views.
This is why he may just be what the Republican party is looking for.
Trump has clinched the Republican nomination and, with it, whatever votes the Republican Party will be throwing this election. But he isn’t a Republican: he’s Donald Trump. And right now he’s aiming to take down Hillary.
The result: a Republican looking to steal the Democratic vote. He’s doing this by urging higher minimum wage, high tariffs on trade partners, support of the Transgender community, raising taxes on the rich, and I fully expect him to return to his 2000 position on Gun Control (a lot of control) — all Democratic positions.
The results might already be seen in a recent Rassmussen Poll: 15% of Democrats favor Trump. This number can easily begin its flight by the time Hillary is finally nominated as the Democratic nominee and soar far higher before the final election.
True, this is only one poll; and one that typically favors the Republican Party at that. But anecdotally, I have heard what can easily be taken as approval for Trump’s stated policies from Democratic radio personalities. Further, standing up for the blue collar man should resonate with many Democrats. If this does translate into reality, it might easily be the biggest boon to the GOP in years.
But what is good for the Party is not necessarily good for the Republican voters who believe strongly in the platform the Party stood for. No longer is there a party for free market economics and conservative social values. Now there is only Donald Trump vs. Hillary (#neverHillary).
Which is why many registered Republicans will not be voting this election season. It certainly is why I won’t be.