Citizen Donald?

Det ellers glimrende og konservative National Review mener at Trump er lige så slem som Hillary Clinton mens ellers venstreorienterede Susan Sarandon frygter Hillary mere end Trump. Hillary, hun har også sit at slås med, hvilket medierne og især de danske glemmer. Den anarkistiske hackergruppe Anonymous truer Hillary med at “afsløre alt” fordi løgn er blevet hendes “natur” og minder om 30.000 slettede e-mails og 1/2 mio. døde irakiske børn i Irak, som de mener hun må stå på mål for. Og der er da også et hashtag, #DROPOUTHILLARY.

Vores egen David Trads kalder Trump “den fascistoide reality-stjerne”, “en notorisk løgner”, “gal”, og “den største trussel mod vores sikkerhed – fordi han med sit vanvid, sit had, sin fjendtlighed over for muslimer, mexicanere, kvinder, handicappede, sin begejstring for Putin, sine udfald mod Kina, Mexico og verden” og sammenligner Trump med Titanics forlis, som det tog sig ud gennem Mikael Wihes fakta-fattige men klassiske protestsang. Alt sammen baseret på “indslag, [han] har set i TV-Avisen og TV2 Nyhederne, og det, [han] har læst i de danske aviser” og en Hillary Clinton reklame. Det fortæller alt væsentligt om Trads - og danske medier.

Trump er “the ultimate outsider“, som taler direkte til folket, skriver Piers Morgan i Daily Mail, som to af ti grunde til at Trump har rystet det politiske parnas i Washington. Og sandt er det at Trump ikke har haft behov for en større kampagnemaskine i modsætning til hans modstandere, som man kan se i denne New York Times grafik


Hvis man skal tro meningsmålingerne er Trump ikke populær blandt vigtige demografiske grupper, som kvinderne, latinoerne, afroamerikanerne (negrene), bøsserne, de handicappede og de kriminelle. Men er han populær blandt vælgerne? Bruce Thorntorn giver sit bud på Frontpage Magazine

Trump has consistently disproved conventional wisdom. The old electoral truisms may not apply. Take the clichés about Hispanics. For nearly a decade we’ve been told that the Republicans needed to cultivate this “fastest growing demographic group,” as Obama warned everyone in 2012. The party wise men counseled Republicans to drop the harsh rhetoric about illegal aliens and reach out to the 9% of voters who are Hispanic and allegedly “natural conservatives.” Heeding this advice, Senate Republicans toyed for a while with “comprehensive immigration reform,” which many voters decoded as “amnesty” for lawbreakers stealing their jobs. Yet in most polls, “immigration reform” is consistently low on the list of issues that concern Hispanics.

That didn’t stop some in the party from angering much of the white working class, 36% of the electorate, just to pursue this electoral will-o-the-wisp. About a third of those voters voted Democrat in 2012, but evidence suggests that many are shifting to Trump this year. So Trump speaks to their concerns about ICE’s “catch-and-release” of felons, the hundreds of Americans murdered by illegal aliens, the quality-of-life crimes making many neighborhoods and cities unlivable. Trump promises to put a stop to “sanctuary cities” that blatantly disregard federal law and get away with it.  He gets their anger at seeing protestors, like those in Irvine last week, attempting to stop their right to assemble and waving Mexican flags, or the demonstrators in Indiana Monday arming their children with F-bombs to hurl at Trump supporters.

And he especially understands how sick many Republicans and Democrats are of the snotty rhetoric from some leaders and pundits of both parties. From their tony enclaves far from the daily disorder and mayhem caused by our immigration failures, they suggest that such complaints reflect bigotry and xenophobia. So Trump promises to round up the illegals, build a wall on the border, and make Mexico pay for it. And I’ll wager that the pollster’s net doesn’t catch significant numbers of voters who sit at home and shout their approval at the television screen and will pull the lever for Trump come Election Day.

In fact, despite his hard words for illegal aliens, there is growing evidence, much of it anecdotal at this point, that significant numbers of Hispanics and blacks like Trump and may vote for him. Here in the San Joaquin Valley, ground zero for Mexican immigration, one more and more frequently runs into working-class Mexicans who admire Trump for his macho bluster and willingness to slap down politically correct gringos with their superior airs and class snobberies. It’s not just white conservatives who have grown sick and tired of the credentialed class telling them how to live and then demonizing them for disagreeing. No one knows how many Hispanics will vote for Trump, but I’ll wager it will be more than voted for Romney.

But Trump is ignorant and incoherent when it comes to policy, the critics say. Contrary to the commentators cocooned in their social and cultural enclaves, elections are not about policy. The majority of voters don’t carefully study the issues, pore over policy papers, and objectively weigh various proposals in order to arrive at the best choice. They are motivated by their “passions and interests,” as Madison understood. “Interests” are about “property,” or in our time, jobs and the economy. Years of sluggish growth, lower workforce participation, and the investor class waxing fat the whole time have angered a lot of people, including Bernie Sanders’ supporters. Trump’s tirades against free-trade-agreements and China’s currency manipulation speak to these frustrations.

The “passions” we see seething through a Trump rally are the anger at elites of both parties who for years now have talked down to the people, dismissed their legitimate concerns, and sneered at their ignorance, even as they pander to privileged minorities or appease the Democrats. They see criticism of Trump, whether intended or not, as criticism of themselves, yet another patronizing dismissal of their grievances. The backlash against political correctness that Trump has brilliantly exploited is the obvious focus of this anger at politicians who are supposed to be on their side, but who always find excuses to cede the high ground to the other side. Why else would the Senate confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General, especially after she told the Judiciary Committee that she viewed Obama’s unconstitutional amnesties as “legal”? Was it because she was eminently qualified, or because she is a black woman?

Some will dispute these assertions as misleading or false, but whether they are true or not is irrelevant. Politics is about perception. How else did a cipher like Barack Obama get elected twice? In 2008 he was perceived to be a racial healer, the smartest president ever, a “no red state, no blue state” unifier, and a brilliant orator. None of these perceptions turned out to be remotely true. The second time it was partly because 81% of voters perceived him to “care about people like me,” while only 18% felt the same about Mitt Romney, one of the most fundamentally decent and kind men ever to run for president. Trump seems to get that perceptions and passions come first, and policy can be figured out later. To a greater or lesser degree, this has pretty much been true in all presidential elections. Trump has simply discarded the decorum that camouflages the truth about political sausage-making.

Trump er sikkert usmagelig, men det er hans modstandere der griber til politisk vold

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  1. Mon ikke den lille eftersnakker David Trash vil opleve
    at Trump er en Titan og ikke et synkende skib.

    Comment by JensO — May 12, 2016 @ 8:24 pm

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