Tuesday Bloomberg tells why they think Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination. And they want to make it clear that it’s not the far right that is keeping the people’s billionaire afloat. Trump is forcing the GOP elite to confront the wide divide that separates the party leaders and voters. For months, nearly every poll has had the voters wanting him to carry their torch to the White House.
There are those who would have you believe that Trump is leading in the polls by appealing to the far right. This is a distortion of the truth. With an insider’s knowledge of the elite, along with the resolve to overturn it, Trump is offering Republicans something no other candidate can. Running the gamut from immigration to campaign finance to Social Security, Trump’s unorthodox set of policy prescriptions is proving his platform has staying power.
“We’re all out there like little bee workers trying to get these people elected, and then nothing changes!” said Fay Schall, a 63-year-old conservative Republican from O’Brien County, Iowa. A Trump supporter, she said the real estate tycoon articulates the frustration voters feel, in part because he doesn’t worry about being politically correct. “People are tired of it,” she said. “I think that’s the nerve that Trump is hitting. Everybody is tired of being trampled on. I think that’s what’s resonating.”
Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist who ran John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, suggests that the fact that Trump is a billionaire enhances his credibility as the standard-bearer of the populist moment.
“Trump is essentially saying there’s one set of rules for people like you and another set for people like me—I’ve played the game, I’ve won at the game and now I’m going to be fighting on your side,” he said.
Trump has called super-PACs a “scam” and has disavowed the ones backing him. He is urging his competitors to do the same. “All Presidential candidates should immediately disavow their super-PACs. They’re not only breaking the spirit of the law but the law itself,” he tweeted on Monday.
According to a poll that highlights the sharp contrast between the party’s voters and its top professionals regarding the billionaire businessman’s ultimate political strength, Republican voters view Donald Trump as their strongest general election candidate, reports the Daily Mail.
An Associated Press-GfK poll reported that seven in ten Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters said Trump could win in November 2016 if he is nominated. This is the most positive response from voters on any candidate.
“It’s the lifelong establishment politicians on both sides that rub me the wrong way,’ said registered Republican Joe Selig, a 60-year-old carpenter from Vallejo, California. ‘I think Trump is more electable. He’s strong. We need strength these days.”
Winning a general election and winning the Republican nomination are often very different tasks say experienced political strategists. The GOP’s most conservative voters – a group that is older and whiter than the nation as a whole – wield extraordinary influence in picking the nominee.
For those who think Trump will drop out because of reports that Ben Carson is leading the Iowa polls – even though the Quinnipiac poll consisted only of 574 people – think again. Trump said Tuesday he’ll stick with the presidential race, even if he loses the luxury of running from atop the polls.
Polls are only as good as the ones doing the polling and the ones being polled. When you want to try and pull down a candidate, all you have to do is arrange the demographics to suit your needs. But then how do you explain the huge crowds where ever Trump appears? That tells a more accurate story.