To the American news media and Republican Party’s dismay, Donald Trump continues to be the 250-kilogram gorilla of a frontrunner in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump is by far and wide the heir apparent to the GOP nomination. Yet, reading the Wall Street Journal’s editorial editorial the day after March 15, when Trump won another round of contests, except Ohio, one was left with the impression that Trump was the biggest loser. Kasich finally won Ohio, the only contest he’s won so far.
Yet, the Journal observed he “won convincingly in his home state” and should “take the nomination brawl … all the way to the convention floor in Cleveland.”
The paper’s refusal to acknowledge Trump as the clear frontrunner, along with the GOP establishment’s ruling class, is exactly why voters are choosing Trump.
In 2012, Republican candidate and eventual nominee Mitt Romney was winning more contests than his competitors and the Journal urged other candidates to drop out of the race. In 2016, Trump is winning more contests and the newspaper is urging candidates to stay in the race to stop Trump.
The Journal isn’t the only GOP group pushing its arrogant, white, educated male “we know better than you” snobbery on conservatives.
Political pundit and radio host Erick Erickson announced that he along with “a small group of grassroots conservative activists” committed to blocking Trump’s nomination. “We are committed to ensuring a real conservative candidate is elected,” wrote Erickson.
Oh, the arrogance of Erickson and his mostly white club telling voters they know what “a real conservative is but the rest of us don’t.”
Appearing on CNN, political pundit and writer Matt K. Lewis, whom I admire, had this to say about Erickson:
“I think Erick Erickson is an example of somebody who I hope could be the future of the conservative movement as a leader, an adult. Someone, who is sort of up and coming, because that’s what’s really been lacking.”
With all due respect, no one elevated Erickson or anyone to speak on behalf of the conservative movement. Lewis’ dismissive comment is akin to liberals calling on black race hucksters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to speak for all black people.
Conservatives have spoken. Voters are gravitating to Trump’s authentic campaign. Trump isn’t running for president because he made a career off being a politician or needs the money. He’s not telling voters what he thinks they want to hear but what he’ll do. While his style is blunt on immigration, national security and the economy, Trump’s policies are in tune with voters’ concerns.
From political consulting, lobbying, Hill, campaign and journalism jobs, Erickson and Lewis are very much a part of a club that keeps others like minorities and Americans without college degrees out. At the same time, these “few good men” want to dictate to conservatives whom they should vote for. The Republican political machine, made up of a very few, is afraid of losing its power and influence, which translates into a revolving door of jobs and money for its members.
The #NeverTrump movement needs to accept the simple fact that voters have fired the GOP Establishment this go round because the exclusive club of white males has done a lousy job of picking Republican nominees in 2008 and 2012. The jig is up!