Donald Trump is doing “mind-glowingly” well. The more Trump talks, the more Republicans like him. He speaks the unfiltered truth about what’s killing America and has interesting ideas about how to fix it. Trump now leads his rivals by 39 per cent, according to the CNN/ORG poll, and Republicans think Trump is the best of all the dozen or so candidates to handle the economy, immigration and Isil.
This looks like the sign of a winner to me. But Trump’s disruptive, self-funded, politically-incorrect campaign has incensed establishment Republicans and liberal politicos, who face an existential threat in the absence of you-scratch-my-back-and-I’ll-scratch-yours politics. As a result, political commentators who will lose their influence in 2016 have gone into panic mode. They are turning their columns into Trump trashing tools.
The Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker put it more crudely. Apart from calling Trump’s wife “a pin up girl,” Parker attributed the candidate’s popularity to his being “the White Man’s last stand.” As of December, 72 per cent of Republicans view Trump favourably, so Trump doesn’t only appeal to “racist, xenophobic, nativist, anti-immigrant — or ignorant” white guys as she suggests.
Back in 2008, I don’t recall Parker attacking Barack Obama as “the Black Man’s last stand” for having won 95 percent of the black vote . In 2012, black voters gave Obama a repeat performance with over 93 percent of blacks voting for him. For their undying loyalty to the nation’s first black president, black people were left on their knees with diminished wealth and double-digit unemployment. Some stand that was.
Unlike Obama, Trump has lots of experience successfully running businesses and “his politically incorrect shtick” — as Parker called his campaign – is anything but. Donald Trump’s “noisy complaints that immigration is out of control are true. Nobody is making conscious decisions about who is wanted and who is not …,” wrote political commentator David Frum.
Trump’s calls for a temporary moratorium on Muslims entering the US and deportation of illegal aliens who steal jobs from and kill American citizens aren’t insane ideas. These policies protect us and national security.
Recently, President Barack Obama accused Trump of “exploiting” blue-collar men. Trump wouldn’t have an opportunity to appeal to blue-collar workers if Obama had given them jobs instead of looking out for the economic prosperity of illegals. Through executive orders, Obama has granted amnesty, tax credits and other measures helping illegals remain in the US, competing for jobs those blue collar men used to have.
Does Obama remember how he exploited black people for their vote, based on the colour of his skin in 2008 and 2012? Or does Obama recall how the 2012 leader of Congressional Black Caucus Emmanuel Cleaver told blacks to vote for Obama again because he was black (even though black unemployment was out of control)? In an interview with the Root, Cleaver said:
“Look, as the chair of the Black Caucus I’ve got to tell you, we are always hesitant to criticise the president. With 14 per cent [black] unemployment if we had a white president we’d be marching around the White House.”
With no record to run on in 2012 to earn the black vote, Obama’s message to black voters was basically “vote for me because I’m a brother”. In the recent NPR interview, Obama admitted that under his watch, wages and incomes have “flatlined” and workers have a right to be frustrated. But because Trump is white and appealing to white blue-collar workers, the black president implied that Trump’s supporters are racists and said that Trump’s “taking advantage.” Presidential campaigns are about exploiting the outgoing leader’s weaknesses, which is exactly what Obama did to Bush in 2008.
For the past seven years, Obama – aided and abetted by the mainstream media – has waged a jihad of political correctness on the nation, seemingly in defence of everything but America. A growing number of Republicans are supporting Trump because they’re tired of their grievances being silenced and ignored – not because of racist appeals.