Ohio Gov. John Kasich may be relatively quiet in the polls, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking aim at Donald Trump and his questionable (and often times offensive) rhetoric. On Tuesday, the Kasich presidential campaign released a 60-second advertising spot that not-so-subtly compares Trump and his campaign to Nazi Germany.
Trump has surprised many political analysts with his unlikely rise to the top of the polls. For months, Trump has prided himself on his outlandish statements and unapologetic approach to his policy. He’s rubbed nearly every GOP candidate opposing him the wrong way and has essentially given anyone in the media the figurative middle finger. But what was once a humorous, almost satirical campaign based on entertainment and showboating has legitimately gained traction and has become something to be reckoned with by GOP stalwarts. His rhetoric is dangerous, according to the Kasich campaign (and anyone with any kind of basic political savvy), but it’s captivated the hearts and minds of many American voters.
The video, paid for by Kasich for America, features former Air Force Col. and Vietnam POW Tom Moe paraphrasing the words of the late Martin Niemöller, who spoke out against the Nazi regime and spent a considerable amount of time as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Moe mentions in the video that many Trump supporters may not care about Trump’s idea for Muslims to register with the government, or for his anti-Hispanic immigrant rhetoric, or his complacency with roughing up black protesters at his own rally, because his supporters don’t identify within those groups.
It should be no surprise then that in terms of demographics, Trump’s supporters are typically older, less educated and earn less than the average Republican. In fact, half of his voters have a high school education or less.
Moe concluded, as the video (which can be viewed above) shows a montage of Trump speeches, “And you might not care that Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one. But think about this. If he keeps going and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you, and you better hope that’s there someone left to help you.”
While that’s a noble effort to prove Trump’s potential policies to be completely misguided, the message will likely go right over the heads of Trump supporters. Because if there’s one thing about older, less educated and predominantly white male Republican voters, they’re nothing if not stubborn. Trump on the other hand, took the attack in stride by simply pointing out Kasich’s 2 percent polling numbers. Maybe it’s because Kasich refuses to be a bigot or maybe it’s because he’s simply realistic about how American politics work, rather than basing his campaign on his uncanny ability to insult people who disagree with him or challenge him, or the fact that he’s been afforded financial advantages that most Americans could only dream of.
With the way the polls have been skewing towards the politically inept Dr. Ben Carson or one big-mouthed, misguided and eccentric Donald Trump, any sensible conservative policy will likely fall by the wayside, leaving the GOP in even worse shape than it started this election cycle to begin with.