By Kevin “Coach” Collins
The befuddled “experts” can’t figure out why Donald Trump is doing so well in the polls. They KNOW he is wrong on everything; they KNOW he is a clown, a buffoon, a snake oil salesman, take your pick. Using THEIR old rules of politics they have declared Trump’s campaign dead so often it’s hard to keep track of them.
The bottom line is that Trump is not going anywhere. He did not fade by Labor Day or Halloween or Thanksgiving. He won’t fade and they know it so they have fallen back on trying to trick people with their lie that, “Yes he is ahead now but he has NO PLACE to go but down because his support is almost totally from the far Right.”
This is very wrong. However intuitive it would seem, even to many on the Right, that assertion doesn’t hold water.
Trump scares the Republican National Committee but things are far worse than they want to admit. The surveys do not show Trump on top because he is being supported only by the far Right. Trump is on top because he is supported by a broad spectrum of Republicans and would in fact not be on top if he had to rely only on “very conservative” Republicans.
His tax plan would hurt “hedge fund guys” as he puts it; and he doesn’t see the need to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits. Both of these positions appeal to a wide range of voters.
His support has consistently been from the middle of the Republican mainstream. This is a crushing blow to the GOPe. It means that when the “also rans” in the field begin to quit and go home, their supporters (who genuinely want to win but have bought the lie that Trump can’t win) will come to Trump because so many of them hold the same positions he does.
Trump’s campaign is not without its red meat for hard core conservatives. He wants to close our borders and build a wall on our Southern border. A Reuters survey has revealed he is supported by 38% of Republican primary voters putting him 23% ahead of the second place candidate. And 36% think he is the best person to deal with terrorism- the most important issue for many voters.
Trump’s success is not narrow; it is broad and this is his big ace in the hole.