TRUMP BLOWING UP THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
By LUTHER CAMPBELL MIAMINEWTIMES
With the Florida primary two weeks away, about 250,000 Republican voters have already cast their absentee ballots. That can’t be a good sign for one-time Tea Party golden boy Marco Rubio and the other three remaining Republican presidential contenders dreaming about knocking off front runner Donald Trump.
Last week, Quinnipiac University released poll results that show Trump is killing the U.S. Senator in just about every important Republican political and demographic category. The billionaire real estate mogul has double-digit leads with white, born again evangelicals, people who describe themselves as very conservative and, most importantly, Tea Party activists.
Rubio won his senate seat in 2010 riding a wave of Tea Party support. In effect, Rubio had become the first Cuban American accepted into the Ku Klux Klan since the Tea Party’s defining principle is hardcore racism. Its members hate anyone who is not white from President Barack Obama to muslims to Hispanic immigrants. Tea Partiers are people who openly carried their guns at protests around the country when the movement started. They spat on black and gay congress members and called them niggers and faggots during an anti-Obamacare rally in Washington D.C.
However, Rubio never lived up to his Tea Party credentials. Trump quickly realized Rubio and other Tea Party candidates like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz didn’t keep their feet on the gas. They couldn’t stop Obama from accomplishing his agenda.
Trump, on the other hand, has ratcheted up the Tea Party rhetoric. He shrewdly coopted the party’s slogan, “Take America Back,” with his “Make America Great Again.” Over the weekend, he refused to condemn former KKK grand wizard David Duke for endorsing his candidacy. On Twitter, he published a lame tweet, saying: “As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke – I disavow.”
Trump believes his tweets fly right over the heads of uneducated white people who are about that klan life. He’ll just accuse the media of reverse racism. And it’s working.
Yet, I don’t see how Trump beats Hillary Clinton in a general election. But if he were to win the presidency, he would not last more than a year in the White House. The establishment Republicans and the Democrats in Congress will find a way to impeach his ass.
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