Let Me Explain Why We Need to Stop Blaming Donald Trump for the Things He Says

Is Donald Trump a bottom-feeding lowlife who’s built a presidential campaign on racism and bigotry, while fueling it with irrational hate and anger? Absolutely. Without a doubt he’s been one of the most disgusting presidential candidates from a major political party in United States history – especially considering he’s running for president in 2016, using hate-filled rhetoric we haven’t seen in this country for decades.

We focus a lot of our attention on Trump and his seemingly endless list of deplorable and dishonest comments, but he’s really not this country’s problem: The people supporting him are.

Yes, he is the one who’s saying all these awful things, but the only reason he feels that he can is because it’s working. Sure, the “buck stops” with the person who says something terrible, but when he’s simply saying what he knows the people backing him want to hear, they’re the real problem.

Without a doubt Donald Trump is the representative of these people, but if he loses this November, it’s not going to change the reality that there are still tens of millions of conservatives in this country who supported him and want someone like him to be our nation’s president.

Someone like Trump becoming a Republican superstar wasn’t a matter of if it was going to happen — just when.

Sure, Trump is one hell of a salesman who’s pandered to, and manipulated, conservative voters brilliantly since he launched his campaign. I don’t discount the fact that Trump’s ability to sell people has definitely helped him reach the top of the Republican party’s presidential ladder. But the truth is, all he’s doing is telling these people what they’ve been wanting a presidential candidate to tell them for years, if not decades.

That’s why he became so popular almost instantly, with no one else really ever challenging his spot as the frontrunner for the nomination — because nobody would stoop as low as he would to pander to Republican voters.

Trump could walk away right now and all that would happen is there would be a giant void created that someone else would gladly fill. Not only that, but the person to come after Trump is likely to be even more outlandish than he’s been. The paradigm for the Republican party has been an increase of radicalism with each passing year, election or decade – not a reduction of it.

Once upon a time we all thought George W. Bush was as bad as Republicans could get. Nowadays, while still viewed as an absolute disaster as president, he’s a legitimate moderate Republican compared to people like Trump, Ted Cruz and others backed by the tea party and their growing influence over the party. Hell, based upon today’s standards of “conservatism,” Ronald Reagan wouldn’t even be able to win a Republican primary based upon his stances on immigration, taxes and guns.

So, we can blame Donald Trump all we want for the racism, bigotry and ignorance that frequently comes out of his mouth, and he deserves every word of criticism he gets. But the truth is, all he’s doing is telling the tens of millions of Republican voters who enthusiastically support him the exact sort of racism, bigotry and ignorance that they believe and want to hear.

Even if Donald Trump loses this November and is never heard from again, it’s not really going to matter because his supporters will still exist and will simply find the “next Donald Trump” to support. If history is any indication of what we should expect, the “next Donald Trump” is going to make him look moderate by comparison.

And that’s absolutely terrifying.

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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