I won’t lie, I am loving the whole Donald Trump fiasco that’s currently playing itself out within the Republican party. I am thoroughly enjoying seeing someone who conservatives built up and promoted for years single-handedly wreaking havoc with the GOP.
But it’s not just Trump’s rhetoric that’s causing headaches. The real issue is that seemingly with each repulsive comment, his popularity grows among many conservatives. Trump could say and do whatever he wanted to and no one would really care if he was polling around 1-2 percent – but he’s not. He called most Mexican immigrants racists and insulted a war veteran, then proceeded to see his numbers grow. Heck, even after making a deplorably sexist comment about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, I saw that an online petition garnered over 10k signatures basically condemning Kelly’s questioning of Trump during the debate.
Yes, even after that there are a good chunk of conservatives who think she’s the “villain.” I guess that’s more of those “Christian values” about which conservatives speak so often.
Naturally, Fox News and the Republican party seem desperate to take down Trump. They can’t even really begin to focus on a serious primary season (as serious as you can expect from Republicans) because they’re having to focus so much of their attention on dealing with the eccentric billionaire’s seemingly endless stream of ridiculous comments.
But the truth is, they’re digging their own grave if they continue to relentlessly try to kill Trump’s campaign. While he’s likely to fall out of favor as the “frontrunner,” he’s still going to remain highly popular with many conservatives. So much so that polls have already been done which show that if he were to run as a third party candidate, he would destroy any chance the GOP had at winning the 2016 nomination.
And make no mistake about it, I can absolutely see Trump choosing to run as a third party candidate.
He’s a shrewd, petty businessman who absolutely seems like someone who’d do it just to get back at Republicans who he felt “turned” on him after embracing him for so many years. I could see him claiming that after dealing with the hypocrisy of the GOP, he’s decided that this country needs a politician who isn’t “stupid” and Americans aren’t going to find that in either the Republican or Democratic party.
Would he win? Of course not. Even if he were to win the GOP nomination (which he won’t) he would get crushed in the general election. But he would gain just enough conservative support that it would be nearly impossible for Republicans to win in 2016.
The saying “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind. While the efforts by Republicans and Fox News to kill Donald Trump’s momentum will ultimately likely be successful, by doing so they might cause even more chaos for the GOP by creating Donald Trump, Independent candidate for president.
As a Democrat, nothing would please me more than to see the GOP destroyed by the very monster it created.