It looks like the Republican establishment finally understands why the Trump Train ran roughshod over them this election cycle.
In a shocking moment of clarity (that should also send shivers up the spine of the Democratic party), Republican chairman – and voice of the GOP establishment – Reince Priebus admitted on various Sunday talk-shows May 15 that campaign traditions don’t apply to Trump this campaign season.
Here’s part of what Priebus told Jonathan Karl of ABC News as reported by NBC News:
“I believe that the American people look at someone like Donald Trump and say, OK, here’s a guy on the outside. Here’s a guy that’s never run for office. And I just have to tell you, after a year of dealing with this primary, one on one – and you know it’s been a lot – I don’t think the traditional playbook applies, Jon. We’ve been down this road for a year. And it doesn’t apply. He’s rewritten the playbook.”
Chris Wallace of Fox News asked Preibus if reports of Trump posing as his own publicist in 1991, or a New York Times report on how he treats women was disturbing to him. Here’s how the conversation went:
“Preibus: Well, you know, a lot of things bother me. And obviously, I’m the wrong person to be asking that particular question.
“Wallace: Wait a minute. Why are you the wrong person? I mean, you are the chairman of the party. This is your nominee, and they’re saying that he has mistreated women over the years.
“Preibus: I’ve got to tell you, I think that all these stories that come out – and they come out every couple weeks – people just don’t care. I think people are judging Donald Trump as to whether or not he’s someone that’s going to go to Washington and shake things up. That’s why he’s doing so well.”
Bingo. The GOPe finally “gets” why so many conservative, Republican voters are supporting Trump: They’re pissed off and they’ve had enough with do-nothing squishes in Congress. This anti-establishment movement is why Bernie Sanders is doing so well against Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.
Conventional political wisdom says that Trump won’t do that well against Hillary in a November matchup. But given this year’s revolt by the voters, we disagree. In our opinion, The Donald has a much better chance to beat Hillary Clinton than many pundits are giving him. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise us if Trump took down the Hildabeast in a landslide.
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