No matter how many times I hear it said, I cannot believe that Donald Trump, perhaps one of the most outlandish human beings in this country, is a Republican candidate for president. And what’s even more unbelievable is that he’s actually skyrocketing up the polls, currently ranking second only to Jeb Bush in several released last week.
Many have claimed it’s remarkable that he’s being so well received. Even Jon Stewart showed legitimate amazement that, despite essentially calling Mexicans rapists and saying almost nothing that’s even remotely true since he announced his candidacy, he’s being taken seriously as a candidate.
But when you think about it, is it really that surprising?
It shouldn’t be. In fact, I’ll argue all day that Trump is the perfect Republican candidate.
He’s someone who literally doesn’t care if what he’s saying is true – he has absolutely no shame. He’s arrogant, cocky, full of himself and displays the sort of tough-talking bravado that Republicans absolutely love. He is a perfect caricature of what a Republican presidential candidate would be if they were purposely trying to mock one.
In fact, I’ve even joked that if I were to create the perfect satirical Republican candidate to mock the GOP this election, I would essentially act and behave just like Trump has – he’s been that absurd.
And while it’s understandable why many liberals have been outraged by some of the things he’s said, especially as it pertains to immigration and Mexicans in particular, it’s Republicans who are the ones who should worry about Trump. For now, many of the clowns who’ve signed up for the GOP 2016 presidential circus seem to actually be embracing his comments, which is mind-boggling to me.
You see, the reason why Trump is someone the GOP should fear is because like I said earlier, he really doesn’t care what he says or what people think of him. Not only that, but he’s already proven that he has no problem throwing people or groups from his own side under the bus. That should terrify many Republicans because a large part of his platform is essentially “all politicians are terrible” – including his fellow Republicans. He is the epitome of someone who really couldn’t care less about his “political career” (because he really doesn’t have one) or the Republican party as a whole – because he only cares about himself and his own ego.
Not only that, but the fact that his popularity is growing is essentially exposing the ignorance, hatred, bigotry and racism within the Republican party that many other candidates have typically only supported indirectly. Because when you publicly call immigrants from Mexico criminals and rapists – and your popularity then increases – that’s not a good thing for the public perception of your party.
Except that’s exactly what’s happening.
Though the saddest part is, because practically nothing Trump has said is true or even remotely realistic, it’s clear that his “political strategy” is nothing more than saying whatever idiocy he thinks conservative voters want to hear. That’s exactly what Trump is doing – and it’s working.
This puts these other Republican candidates, and the entire GOP for that matter, in a very precarious position. As Trump’s popularity among conservatives continues to grow, if they eventually turn on him they’re going to risk enraging “the base” with which he seems to be extremely popular. But if they don’t start condemning the things he’s saying soon, he’s going to alienate many independent voters from the Republican party altogether. To say nothing about his ignorant comments potentially diluting the overall Latino vote for the Republican party, which could even impact congressional elections.
So, while liberals continue to lash out at some of the comments Trump has been saying as of late, they really shouldn’t. Every single time he says something completely idiotic or bigoted, it just makes it that much more likely that Republicans lose this next presidential election. Because not only is he making himself look like a complete jackass, but his growing popularity is exposing the true values of the Republican party as well.
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