Friday evening, John Kasich, Republican candidate for President released new television spots in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. One ad released is focused on how the United States must win the war with ISIS. In the ad, Kasich states that as citizens of the United States we must “assemble a coalition of our friends in Europe and our friends in the Middle East to destroy ISIS.” He goes on to say that, “we destroy them in the name of humanity. And if we come together we will absolutely secure a better future for our country.” This is only one of three ads that Kasich is currently running but the other two ads are not about championing the United States past ISIS. The ads have one clear goal, to stop the campaign of the leading Republican for President, Donald Trump.
In the newest ads created by the super PAC that is backing Kasich’s campaign, New Day for America, the ads were made strictly to eliminate Donald Trump. The 47 second ad takes scenes of what other candidates may think of as missteps by Trump. The Republicans and their super PAC have one big problem. The ads will not deter those who are Trump supporters. The attack ads are seen by Trump supporters as misrepresentations of their candidate and their loyalty will not be easily tainted. The super PAC’s other ad paints Trump as a fascist by comparing Trump to Hitler. For supporters of Trump these ads won’t matter either. The see only one campaign and that has evolved into the Donald Trump show.
Trump is a ratings bonanza whether in a Presidential debate or hosting Saturday Night Live. Trump’s campaign stops have become something akin to a rock concert with Trump being the star of the ages. Meanwhile, the Republican field of candidates can only dream of having crowds the size that Trump has on a daily basis. According to the Real Clear Politics polling average Trump is still currently the choice of 27.7 percent of Republican voters which is almost eight percentage points up on second-place Ben Carson. There is simply no evidence whether statistical or anecdotal, that shows Trump’s appeal has worn off in any way. Ezra Klein of the Washington Post said that Trump cannot be ruled out as the official Republican candidate. He said,” I think I could make a case that Trump is a stronger general election candidate than, say, Ted Cruz.” Continuing Klein said of Trump,” I can’t think of a candidate who has been this dominant, for this long, and has been taken less seriously by the media.”
Those in the media have taken great pride in the fact that they have covered every moment of Trump’s campaign. Alan Abramowitz, author and political science expert said of Trump, “There have been repeated moments when Trump said something outrageous and there were predictions that this is the beginning of the end of Trump, and then he does better.” He also said of Trump,” who do you trust, Donald Trump or the mainstream media that is telling you he’s lying?” There have been numerous times when the media has reported that Trump is fading or this time he is done, only to see his supporters rise up then say, Nope we got his back. Trump is not a fade as his continued leading poll numbers have proven. Attacks won’t do it. Those who believe in Trump will not desert their candidate. In Trump they trust.