If you would have told me one day I would be writing multiple stories about Donald Trump being a leading GOP presidential candidate, I would have thought you were out of your mind. Heck, even now I still can’t come to grips with the fact that he’s not only running for president – but surging in the polls.
The thing is, when I really sit there and think about it, Trump might just be the perfect Republican candidate.
Apparently economist Paul Krugman agrees. During an interview with Bloomberg TV he absolutely crushed the Republican party by saying that the reason why Trump seems to be resonating so well with the party is because he’s such a vile and offensive human being.
“He’s a belligerent, loudmouth racist with not an ounce of compassion for less fortunate people,” Krugman said. “In other words, he’s exactly the kind of person the Republican base consists of and identifies with. It’s clear that the very things that Upper West Side New Yorkers find detestable about him are exactly what endear him to the Republican base, which is basically people who see in him everything, even the big red face and the yelling, that makes him their kind of guy.”
Though as harsh as that might sound, he’s basically right. Heck, he said what I’ve been saying for a couple of weeks now. That is, while some people are acting as if they’re “shocked” Trump has become a legitimate GOP front-runner, Trump’s really just saying some of the same exact things I’ve heard Republicans say here in Texas my whole life.
The only difference is he’s the first big-name Republican presidential candidate to actually say these things publicly. Typically the Republican party likes to subtly pander to racism and bigotry while denying either are rampant within their party. And what’s ironic is that he’s not only not apologizing for what he’s been saying the last couple of weeks, but he’s been doubling down on his racist rhetoric, and it’s actually making him even more popular with many conservative voters.
Krugman did go on to say that he doesn’t see Trump maintaining his place as a leading candidate very long, alluding to 2012 when practically every candidate spent time as “the leader” – only to see Republicans go with the safest candidate, Mitt Romney.
“In the end, they nominated Mitt Romney, who on substance was not that different from the others,” Krugman recalled. “And probably, the same thing will happen this time around, with Jeb Bush playing that role.”
While Trump is definitely getting all the headlines now, it does feel like it’s only a matter of time before even he pushes things a bit too far – which is truly saying something considering just how far he’s pushed it up to this point.
Watch the video below via Bloomberg: