You have been hearing how Donald Trump will fall and can’t win. The big problem for his competition and critics alike is figuring out a date this will actually happen.
It was initially planned for a few weeks after the announcement of his campaign. The date was pushed out again and explained as the “shiny object” phenomenon. As the saying goes, as we draw closer to an actual vote, the masses would in effect, come to their senses and vote for another candidate.
After Trump came in second in Iowa, many pundits had a small victory and assumed that that their initial assessment was correct. This was disputed by many including Carson and Trump himself due to the Cruz campaign and some of their questionable tactics.
Then came New Hampshire and Trump had a commanding lead. The pundit and the establishment then went into full panic mode trying to figure out how Trump could have won all demographics. There was no clear way to fight Trump for votes.
Trump landed a knockout punch on the Bush dynasty and as predicted, the pundits once again thought that criticizing George Bush would be his Achilles heel. They were once again proven wrong.
The final straw was South Carolina where Donald Trump only employed five, yes five full time staffers and won by double digits. Even though the Governor had endorsed Rubio and the large evangelical population should have backed Cruz, none of that seemed to matter.
So why do the voters seem to gravitate to Trump? He has changed positions, used imminent domain, and supports the “good things” that Planned Parenthood performs. Trump is far from a prolific speaker and does not have the depth of many of the other candidates, at least on the surface.
To understand the Trump supporters, you have to analyze what the core constituents have in common. While it may sound like an introduction to a bad joke, you can say a sinner a Saint and a Democrat walk into a polling location. In essence, there has to be some common theme that is present in all demographics.
These key themes can be grouped into two main tenets. The first and most common is the issue is immigration. All demographic groups recognize the failures of the past twenty years and are ready to try anything new. When it comes to immigration, electing another bona-fide politician meets the clinical definition of insanity. Donald Trump has been for border security and building a wall from day one. The threat of deportation may anger many, but many see it as evidence that Trump “gets it”. Trump supporters see the values of our Country being eroded by the lack of assimilation and the only way to stop that is to decrease the number of immigrants.
The second issue that coalesce these various groups is political correctness. The American people feel that political correctness is a slow and steady form of paralysis. It will eventually have the effect of removing free speech without the need to change that pesky first amendment. Donald Trump may be a lot of things, but he is not afraid to speak his mind. A normal political handler would have him in a cave somewhere poll testing answers and going through shock treatment to stop this behavior. Donald however, does and says what he wants. To Trump’s supporters this means there is hope that the ideas and thoughts they have kept hidden under their beds can now come out into the light of day again.
America seems to be looking for a different type of leader. Trump supporters are seeking a tough confident leader. They are seeking an optimistic person that speaks like they do and makes mistakes like they do. While the majority of voters have little in common with Donald, he has captured their confidence by showing bravado at every encounter. He doesn’t back down and that has become the standard operating practice in Washington as it relates to typical politicians and conservatives.
The pundits will still be touting Rubio or Cruz as candidates that still have a chance, but with nearly three primary wins behind him, it is difficult to see Trump as the loser in this race. You have to look very hard to find a Trump supporter in the media. There are a few heavy hitters such as Ann Coulter, who is not much for political correctness either, but the large majority or media figures are placing their bets on Marco Rubio.
Trump has already been attacked relentlessly by everyone on every topic without being diminished in the polls. Through all of the attacks, Trump has stayed on message about the wall and has refused to backpedal on virtually anything he has said.
Unless Trump actually gives his detractors some ammunition, it looks like Trump can start preparing for the general race against Hillary.