Without a doubt the big story of the 2016 presidential campaign thus far has been Donald Trump skyrocketing to the top of the “leaderboard” for the GOP. I fully admit that I mocked his candidacy at first, but I’ve come around since then. Now I don’t mean that I think he would make a good president – hell no – but I do believe he’s the perfect Republican candidate. Hell, I might even go as far as to say, he’s been a legitimately solid Republican candidate.
Now, a “solid Republican candidate” is not exactly a compliment. Let’s face it, when you have seventeen people vying for your party’s nomination, your party is pretty darn dysfunctional. Especially when you consider the “top 3” favorites thus far are Trump, the brother of one of the worst presidents in U.S. history and a college dropout. Not that I’m saying everyone has to be a college graduate, but it’s a little difficult to preach the value of a quality education as the leader of a nation – when you don’t have a college education.
But when it comes to the Republican party, this presidential primary has exposed just how absurd everything has become for the once proud “party of Lincoln.” It’s not just that Trump is the current frontrunner, which is ridiculous enough, it’s that he’s the current favorite in the GOP field. In fact, with every new poll his lead over the other candidates only seems to grow.
Make no mistake about it, the RNC is not happy right now. Almost no one in the Republican leadership wants Trump as the face of their party. Heck, if Fox News could have gotten away with it they probably would have left him off the stage for the first debate. The truth is, the only people who really seem to be embracing Trump are conservative voters.
During the first Republican debate it seemed obvious Fox News was trying to bring him down. The very first question asked of all the candidates (whether or not they might run as an independent) was clearly targeted at Trump. Even the other questions they directly asked the eccentric billionaire seemed designed to try to knock him off the pedestal as “GOP frontrunner.”
It really isn’t surprising when you look at the facts. Trump exemplifies damn near every quality I see in conservative voters constantly. He’s:
- Devoid of facts.
- Doesn’t care if what he’s saying is true, just as long as it sounds good.
- Anti-Planned Parenthood.
- Come out against same-sex marriage.
The list goes on and on. Though, one could argue that a lot of these things he’s saying are nothing but blatant pandering to conservative voters. Then again, that’s the problem for Republicans.
You see, Trump’s success isn’t because he’s found some political magic trick that’s ushered him to the top of the polls. Oh, no. All Trump is doing is being a better “Republican” than the rest of the candidates.
It’s like I’ve said before, if you took and combined Fox News and all the top conservative websites on the Internet to make a Republican presidential candidate – Trump would be the person you would create.
But the ironic twist to all of it is, the more like a typical Republican Trump acts, the more Republicans seem to hate him. Well, at least those tied to the actual party. Meanwhile, the majority of conservative voters (especially those who identify with the tea party) absolutely love him.
It’s quite the conundrum. The RNC can’t order these other candidates to stoop to Trump’s level if they want any of their candidates to stand a chance in the general election, yet it’s undeniable that his rhetoric is what conservatives want to hear. All they can really hope for is that Trump ultimately self-destructs – which is probably what’s going to happen (and might have already happened, though I have my doubts that conservative voters even care).
Most of these other GOP candidates, the RNC and pretty much all of the party’s leadership absolutely loathe Donald Trump for being nothing more than the personification of years of right-wing propaganda. He is quite literally a political “monster” that only exists because they created him. Without the incessant fear-mongering, hate-filled rhetoric and vile levels to which the GOP has stooped over the last few years… Trump wouldn’t even be running for president, let alone the current Republican frontrunner.
In other words, by hating and bashing Trump, Republicans are essentially admitting that they can’t even stand themselves or the type of political environment that they’ve created.
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