Reality is a tough one for the Republican Party; they don’t live in it. Now they are reaping the results of the misinformation, division, racism, and fear they have been feeding the public since Barack Obama took office. It has taken human form in front-runner Donald Trump and they have no idea how to stop him from leading the party into the general election in November, as he rolls through primaries with double-digit victories.
The bigger question is, why are they so afraid of Donald Trump getting the Republican Party’s presidential nomination? Here are some ideas:
1. Establishment Republicans don’t know how to deal with someone who didn’t get elected by taking money from all the usual suspects in the donor class. That means that they might not be able to control a Trump presidency as completely as they’d like – if he wins the White House.
2. The donor class doesn’t know what to do with their money now. Without the legal bribery that was gifted to them by SCOTUS in Citizens United having any effect on Trump, they are truly dumbfounded about how they will continue to use the executive branch to get laws and policies slanted in their favor.
3. The GOP establishment never meant for a politician to actually say the things right-wing ideologues have been thinking and/or implying for years about racism, immigration, and bad trade deals.
6. If Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination, voters will flock to the other side of the aisle and give Democrats the White House.
7. Trump will win the presidency and will do something incredibly stupid, like start World War 3 or worse.
Whatever the reasons, there is no doubt that establishment Republicans are afraid of Donald Trump. What they should be more afraid of is their policies, which favor the donor class at the expense of all else, including doing what’s best for the nation. That’s not to say that Trump if elected, won’t follow suit, but Republican voters don’t know that. All they know is Washington is broken. Sadly, it hasn’t occurred to them that the reason for that is the Republican ideologues they voted for in such great numbers, they gave them control of congress.
The American people can be quite ignorant when they enter a voting booth. However, they are very much aware of what their world is like when they come out. The middle class has shriveled under GOP austerity policies and voters have had enough time to feel that pain. Trickle-down economics is not working and never will, so trying to sell them an establishment candidate that can only promise to double-down on that misguided failure does not appear to be getting enough of them to pull the lever for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, or Ben Carson. Let’s face it, Republican voters don’t trust the government, no matter what size politicians claim it should be. That theory may hold true for Democrats as well, as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battle it out for the Democratic nomination.
Say what you will about the policies and statements of Donald Trump, but he has struck a chord with voters that can’t be ignored any longer.
*** Maryann Tobin is the author of “Afterlife: The Journey Of A Dog’s Spirit”
This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of an animal spirit that has been sent back to earth in the body of a small dog. His mission is to help a young woman discover that their destiny’s are more connected to the powers of the Spirit World than either of them ever imagined. If you’ve ever shared your life with a dog or any other pet, you will never look at them the same way again after reading this book. Afterlife: The Journey of a Dog’s Spirit is available now on Amazon.com.