The Donald Trump phenomenon is sweeping the nation. But, it seems, the only segment of the right side of the political spectrum that universally shuns The Donald is the Establishment “RINO” Republicans. And that just makes no sense to me. Maybe you can help me understand why they are not running to embrace Trump.
Year after year the Establishment Republicans develop plans, allocate money and do whatever they can to court the Hispanic vote. And the Black vote. They “reach out” – whatever that means. Mostly they pander to the various groups and still keep them at arms length. Like the Democrats, the Republicans want these voting block’s votes, but they shun their participation.
A few examples of GOP Pandering
Rand Paul panders for the black vote:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has launched a multipronged offensive to win blacks over to the GOP and build up his own cross-party appeal ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
In an effort to woo black voters, Paul is pushing six bills on a variety of issues, ranging from the criminal justice system to voting rights.
He has teamed up with Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), the Senate’s only black Democrat, to offer the Redeem Act, aimed at getting juveniles with criminal records back on track. It would automatically expunge the records of nonviolent offenders younger than 15.
The RNC panders to Blacks:
The Republican National Committee says black voters are “curious” about conservative policies and it’s time to capitalize on that curiosity.
To educate and recruit black and urban voters, the RNC recently launched a comprehensive mobilization campaign called “#CommittedToCommunity.”
The campaign kicked off Sunday in the swing state of Ohio where Republican White House contenders are set to gather on Aug. 6 for the Party’s first presidential primary debate and where the Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland next July.
Over the next four weeks, the RNC plans to host a concert series and issue forums, and run radio ads in several media markets across the Buckeye State. The committee will also collaborate with black media outlet, Radio One, in a joint media venture in an effort to disseminate its message to black voters.
And they pander for the Hispanic vote:
The Republican party is launching a new wave of outreach to Latinos to mark Tuesday’s onset of Hispanic Heritage Month, as the front-runner in the party’s presidential race continues to alarm party insiders who fear he could alienate the fast-growing ethnic group with his criticisms of people living in the U.S. illegally.
The Republican National Committee is touting 25 different events in eight states, including battleground destinations like Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.
The push is part of an effort announced by the party after its 2012 drubbing to reach out to minorities — especially Latinos, who had increasingly turned away from the GOP. “It puts us in a very good place to build on the successes we’ve had before,” said RNC deputy political director Jennifer Sevilla Korn.
And of course Rubio panders:
Since losing the Hispanic vote by a whopping 44-point margin in 2012, Republicans have made little progress in Latino outreach. It’s looking increasingly unlikely that any form of immigration reform will pass through Congress, leaving it a thorny issue for Republicans during the next presidential election. The GOP’s hard-liners on immigration often dominate the debate, and the current crisis on the border has only mobilized the party’s immigration-reform skeptics. Even as Hispanics aren’t thrilled with the president’s handling of the issue, they still overwhelmingly support Democrats in the midterms, 58 to 32 percent in a new Pew Research Center survey.
But Republicans are quietly testing out an alternative approach in their attempts to close the racial divide: focusing on pocketbook issues that disproportionately affect first- and second-generation Hispanic families. Call it the Rubio plan, since the Florida senator has been spending the last year test-driving a potential presidential campaign message centered on economic mobility, college affordability, tackling poverty, and middle-class economic challenges.
In an interview on National Public Radio last week, Marco Rubio argued that if Republicans tailor their policies toward working-class voters, their message would automatically resonate with many Hispanics. “The vast majority of a significant portion of Americans of Hispanic descent will vote happen to be working-class people who are desperate to not only achieve the American dream but leave their kids better off than themselves,” Rubio told NPR host Steve Inskeep.
And the major panderer of Hispanics Jeb Bush has a video:
And with all of this pandering, year after year, still the Blacks and Hispanics vote for Democrats in overwhelming numbers.
Yet the GOP Establishment assures us that the way to win elections is with moderate candidates who pander to the various ethnic groups and “reach out” to these people and want to “expand” the party and the “big tent approach”.
We need moderate candidates. Conservatives don’t win. Independents and Blue Dog Democrats will be attracted to GOP pandering they promise.
Well, the GOP has had a lot of success in winning the House and the Senate over the last few years. And they did that, not by pandering to blacks and Hispanics, but by telling people that they can fix the problems with America. The out of control spending Obama has launched, Obamacare, military failures, out of control welfare, joblessness, etc. Pandering was not necessary. They won by promising to fix America. And as soon as they were elected, they became a bunch of impotent eunuchs.
So what of Donald Trump?
The Establishment GOP has told us that true Conservatives are unelectable and we must pick a moderate like John McCain or Mitt Romney if we want to win the White House. And in 2016 they now tell us Donald Trump is no a Conservative, so those who support him should dump him post haste.
They told us that Trump is unelectable because he insulted Hispanics with all that talk of illegal aliens and anchor babies. Yet polls find his support among Hispanics very high. In a Gravis poll last month the Spanish speaking panderer Jeb Bush gets 8.9% of the Hispanic vote while Trump gets 37.8%.
And among blacks? How is Trump doing? 25% according to the Washington Post.
The American Mirror post basically pulls out a bit of data from a recent SurveyUSA poll that shows Trump getting 25 percent of the black vote against Hillary Clinton. That compares favorably with past Republican candidates in general elections; George W. Bush’s 11 percent of the black vote in 2004 was a recent high. This is more than twice that!
How about that? More than double the support among blacks without pandering!
It is amazing to watch the accusations come out against Trump. The Establishment GOP appears to have the composite candidate that they have been searching for every election. A moderate who has supported Democrats and Republicans and one who has the ability to pull in support from Blacks and Hispanics at rates unheard of in recent history for a Republican.
One of the most often heard criticisms of Trump is that his support is just a bunch of old white TEA Party males. Interestingly, in the Gravis poll mentioned above, Trump receives 33.7% of the Moderate votes, 31.5% of the slightly conservative vote, 36.4% of the slightly liberal vote, 28.7% of the very conservative vote and none of the very liberal vote. Jeb Bush only gets 22% of the moderate vote, 1/3 less than Trump.
And looking at TEA Party voters, Trump gets 30.3% from NON TEA Party members and a slightly better 32.3% of TEA Party members.
And in the different age categories, Trump receives 29.9% of the 18-49 group, 35% of the 50-64 age group and 28% of the over 65. Jeb brings in only 13.7% of the youngest, 7.7% of the middle group and 17.2% of the 65+.
And they tell us Trump hates women yet he receives double the support of women as Bush and triple the support among men.
So help me understand. Donald Trump is not the far right wing Conservative the Mainstream Republicans fear is unelectable, he has far greater appeal to Hispanics and Blacks than any other Republican without pandering or “reaching out” – which is most likely seen as a disingenuous effort and the reason Republicans fail with their outreach programs.
He leads among women compared to the other candidates, by far among the other Holy Grail of demographics – the youth vote, and he is packing in people more than the rest of the Republicans combined.
So I just don’t get it. Donald Trump has everything the Republicans have been coveting. Not Conservative. Loved by the young, Blacks, Hispanics, women – you name it. He has about the same amount of support from TEA Party members as non TEA Party and looks like the perfect candidate the Establishment Republicans have specified for years.
The only thing I can see that would not appeal to the RINO’s is that Trump is not going to allow them to control them, he is an outsider not depending on the US Chamber of Commerce to fund his campaigns.
But his appeal is also a reflection of the Republican lies and failures over the last few years. We have handed the Republicans everything they told us they needed to stop Obama, yet Obama has flourished under the House and Senate controlled by Boehner and McConnell. If anything, Obama has found his agenda far easier to implement with Republicans in control than he did when Democrats ran both Houses.
A lot of people look at the sorry bunch of Democrats running for President and see nothing worth voting for. And the same is true of the Republican field.
The GOP has the opportunity to take back the White House and own the 3 branches of the government. The only candidate with that ability is Donald Trump.
The Establishment has told us that even though McCain and Romney were not ideal candidates to the Christian Right and the Conservatives, they had an “R” after their name. You might not agree with them 100%, but 90% is good. So we should hold our nose and vote for the R. And we watched as loser after loser was defeated.
Americans realize that the country has fallen deeper and deeper into oblivion under the last few Presidents. And that the party has made no difference. Establishment Republicans make promises that they never intend to keep. At the top rung of D.C. power, the elitists have no party, no Left or Right ideology, only agendas. And those agendas are completely out of line with what the country wants. Until now, there has been no real option to the Uniparty. Only new faces.
Trump is everything the RINO’s have pretended to want. It is time for them to put their money where their mouth is.
Article written by: Tom White