Why did Republicans choose Trump in 2016? Why is he the front runner in the Republican primary again this year? Why Donald Trump?
For the last 30 years, voting totals between Democrats and Republicans in the Electoral College have been extremely close – Trump didn’t change this dynamic. Republican voters just vote for the Republican candidate and so do the Democrats. (It is worth noting that Republicans have only won the popular vote once in the last 30 years).
So perhaps this is why, despite Trump’s fraud in business, fraud in government, and blatant hate mongering, Republicans don’t seem to care – if Trump is a Republican.
But Trump is different than George HW Bush (the first Bush). And there is a big question that this brings up. Are modern Republican voters being fooled by Trump or are they just in love with the message of hate that he offers? We all know he offers hate. Mexican rapists. ‘I think Islam hates us’. Shithole countries. The Jews will not replace us. This is who Trump is, it is his brand.
I think the reason Trump won the Republican primary in 2016 was the hate. It was what Republican voters were looking for. Just like Vladimir Putin in Russia, Trump sells white nationalism. Trump and his allies spread a message of hate on talk radio, far-right television, and the darkest corners of the internet. It’s consistent, constant, and comprehensive. Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, Chinese, etc., etc., etc. Not only don’t Republicans see this as a problem, it is the primary feature of Trump as a candidate for President.
Prejudice and racism: it’s what Trump sells and what 70 million Americans want. It’s as simple as that.