Donald Trump Became a Republican Superstar by Betting Big on Two Things

Many people were stunned to see Donald Trump become so successful within the Republican Party (including many Republicans, themselves), but I wasn’t. For a while I didn’t think that the party would let him win their nomination, but the more I realized who Trump was and what he was doing, the more I realized he was the perfect Republican candidate.

There are plenty of negative things I can say about Trump, but I’ll be one of the first people to admit that he’s one hell of a con man.

That’s why none of us should have been surprised by his success within the GOP. This is a political party that’s been conning their supporters into voting against their own interests for decades. A party that’s convinced millions of Americans that the best way to make their lives better is by giving rich people more money. A party that managed to convince millions of Americans that the president who presided over the longest streak of private-sector job growth this country has ever seen was an “economic failure.”

The Republican Party really is nothing more than one “long-con.”

When you get right down to it, Trump went all-in and bet big on two things that helped him become a superstar among many Republicans:

  1. The ignorance and stupidity of conservatives.
  2. Racism and bigotry.

There were rumors that before he launched his campaign, Trump had people study the comments sections of right-wing blogs to find out what conservative voters were thinking. He then used these comments as a foundation for his entire campaign.

Donald Trump bet his entire campaign on his belief that he could say or do anything and most conservative voters would be naive enough to believe him and trust him.

And he was right.

Without a doubt, Trump is the most dishonest person I’ve ever seen run for public office. As I’ve said numerous times before, while all politicians distort the truth, I’ve never seen one who literally just makes things up as he goes. This is a man who I’ve seen deny that he’s said or done something that he’s on video saying or doing.

Yet, no matter how many times he was caught blatantly lying or contradicting himself, his supporters never waver in their support of him.

Even now as he’s asked Congress to fund his border wall, his supporters are perfectly fine with that because they’re gullible enough to believe his promise that, eventually, he’ll make Mexico pay for it.

It really does take a special kind of stupid to believe this pathological liar.

Then there’s his blatant pandering to racism and bigotry.

While his supporters will deny this is true, we haven’t seen white nationalists this outspoken and excited about a president in decades. It’s not a coincidence that the KKK, David Duke, neo-Nazis and white supremacists all over this country proudly endorsed and supported Donald Trump.

Has he “condemned” that support? Sort of, if you want to call it that.

But do you know what we’ve never seen him do? Lash out at these horrific people and groups on Twitter like he has other people and groups.

To this day, we’ve yet to see Donald Trump dedicate a Twitter rant or public speech to strongly denouncing and condemning these deplorable racist elements that have so proudly and publicly backed him since he launched his campaign. The same man who once had no problem calling a breastfeeding mother “disgusting” has never used a similar strong adjective when referring to these racists. He’s always kept any negative comments against white supremacy brief and has never made condemning it a part of who he is, like he has with his lifelong habit of degrading, belittling and judging women.

Oh, and let’s not forget that he’s hired Steve Bannon as a top strategist, someone who’s a hero to the alt-right/white nationalists.

When you get right down to it, Donald Trump based the entire success of his campaign on his belief that Republicans would be stupid enough to believe anything he told them — just as long as it’s what they wanted to hear — and that pandering to bigotry and racism would help a “yankee from New York” galvanize support in the South.

And as much as it pains me to admit it — he was right.

This nation just elected as its next president the most dishonest person to ever run for that office, a man who’s proudly supported by the KKK, neo-Nazis and white nationalists all over this country.

Donald Trump went all-in, betting big on the ignorance and racism he knew most of the GOP was based on, and it paid off.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Brian

    Is he Hitler? Is he a con man? Is he just a legitimately conservative states rights Republican who disagrees with you on gays and guns?
    Make up your minds, commies.

    • Edward Smith

      commies oh thats hilarious bwah ha ha you made me spit out my answer you he is a lying conman with delusions of godhood who has and is pandering to the worst base instincts of uneducated people in order to make himself and his commie putinmaster happy.

      • shmooney

        I think ignorant is a better word than uneducated. I watched college graduates talk about voting for trump. Only ignorant people would believe voting Republican is a good move. Look at the red states. They have the most poverty but still believe R’s will bring them out of it. They keep voting against their own interests expecting different results. Ok, maybe crazy is a better word.

      • Chuck Wood

        Look at the blue counties, packed in section 8 housing like rats; hoping to get a handful of Obama’s stash. Sheep bleating for some more handouts. Meanwhile 84% of the counties voted for a true champion of the people. If you ain’t first you’re last.

      • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

        Look at blue counties…producing enough extra taxes to keep the sibling-f**kers in the red areas afloat.

      • Chuck Wood

        Wrong. The gibsme dat handout rats don’t generate anything. They only take.

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    • 1976boy

      “legitimately conservative states rights Republican”

      You should consider a career as a comedian.

    • Dizzyofmay

      He’s a Quisling, q.v.

      • Carolyn Webb

        I hope he ends up like the original Quisling did. It would be JUSTICE

    • Michelle Mauler

      Nobody said anything about gays or guns in the article. He’s a con man. In fact, he’ll come right out and tell you he’s a con man. Here is a guy who declared bankruptcy 4 times, who’s billions in personal debt, and he’s gotten you to hand him your country and the keys to the treasury. Make no mistake he will loot–just as Cheney and Bush looted 9 billion using the war as a cover, he will find a cover to take whatever’s left, and LOSE all of it, as usual. And you, clever, clever Brian, will call him a winner.

      • Candace

        he’s declared bankruptcy SIX TIMES

    • tkgold

      Please use proper punctuation: states’ rights. You look stupid when you can’t write correctly.

      • shmooney

        I don’t think an improvement in his grammar would improve his remark. I mean, who calls someone a commie anymore? Beside trumpsters.

      • tkgold

        True but messing with him is fun.

  • Alan Griff Sobiesky

    One way you could all begin to make America great, right now, is to stop this stupid practice of copying and pasting the article we just finished reading it your comments. We are typically given the same sentence 8 times in the same article on the internet (two more times if you count when it appeared above, and below the link in your newsfeed)

    So, I could do without five bozos copy/pasting it, and making the comment section unreadable, too.

  • Carolyn Webb

    Hitler was the most successful Con Artist of the last century among other things and Donald Trump IS the reincarnated Hitler and Sarah PALIN is the reincarnated Josef Goebbels and Mike Pence is The reincarnated Heinrich Himmler.

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      You Democrats are the KKK and Nazis. You are anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, pro-abortion, pro-Islam, anti-military, and anti-police.

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