Donald Trump is winning the Mad As Hell White Guy vote by pretty large margins. Things went pretty well for middle-class white guys eight years ago, and an America where the rest of us are starting the catch up scares the hell out of them.
No wonder they're flocking to the GOP id.
Campaigning in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump on Saturday paid homage to his supporters — claiming they are a part of “a movement” and using colorful language to beg for their support.
“This is a movement,” said Trump, who often speaks about himself in campaign appearances. “I don’t want it to be about me. This is about common sense. It’s about doing the right thing.”
Trump also paid tribute to his setting, a country music hotbed and insisted there needed to be a greater emphasis on "law and order." And, as has become customary, he took shots at Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who is a rival for the Republican nomination.
Beyond the bragging, Trump’s appearance represented something more tangible: evidence of a campaign that has grown more tactically serious as it wears on.
His speech — full, as ever, with a mix of taunts and asides — was in front of the Presidential Presence Convention of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies. The group that describes itself as “a grassroots movement of Republicans that seeks to restore the conservative principles of the Goldwater / Reagan Republicans.”
And those tactics are as old as time. Blame those people for everything.
Mixed in with Trump’s talk of a “silent majority” was a call for “law and order.” He decried the rioting that took place in Baltimore in April in response to the death of a young black man in police custody.
“The police were not allowed to protect people,” said Trump. “We have to be tough. We have to be smart … I know cities where police are afraid to even talk to people.”
Trump said he has seen policing-related incidents that are “disgusting” and “horrible,” an apparent reference to the deaths of unarmed black Americans at the hands of police officers that have received significant attention over the last year.
But he said that “99.9 percent” of what police do is good. “The problem is the good work doesn’t get shown on television,” he said.
And blame the media for giving those people a voice.
No Trump campaign stop is complete without a few shots at the media. At one point, as Trump was criticizing CNN’s coverage of a fundraiser he held on Friday — “We had this incredible event and they destroyed it,” he said — a supporter got his attention by shouting about “the criminal media.”
Trump used it as an opportunity to again emphasize the importance of his supporters. He attributed his continued lead in Republican primary polls to the intelligence of his supporters.
“The reason is people in this country are smart. They don’t believe a lot of what they see in the media.”
Everybody's your enemy except for you and me friends, so what are you going to help me do to them in the elections, so we can put those people in their place?
Who do you trust? Those people or the billionaire that you so desperately want to be?
He's the perfect Republican candidate for 2015 and his path to win is pretty clear. Romney got 59% of the white vote in 2012 and lost. At 61% he would have been a lot more competitive. At 63% he would have won the popular vote but lost the electoral college. At 65% he would have been president, and that margin only was necessary because of record turnout among black voters.
The odds of Trump getting that percentage overall is extremely low.
But if he gets it, he wins.