On March 1, Donald Trump won seven of the eleven states voting on Super Tuesday. Exit polls showed Trump drawing significant support across educational, ideological, age and income groups.
“We have expanded the Republican Party,” Donald Trump told the crowd at his Tuesday night victory party.
The Associated Press reported that GOP vote totals exceeded 2012 numbers in every state but Vermont. Many increases were eye popping – 386 percent in Virginia, 261 in Arkansas and 154 percent in Tennessee. In contrast, Democrat turnout is significantly below those of 2008.
Regardless of the Republican establishment handwringing, there is widespread voter discontent that benefits the Trump campaign.
Again according to the AP, Trump did best among the least-affluent voters those in households “making less than $30,000 a year. Cruz pulled even among middle-income voters in households making between $50,000 and $100,000 a year, while Rubio did best among those in households making more the $200,000 a year.”
On February 27, Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal wrote a column entitled, “Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected.”
She begins with, “We’re in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living are struggling to comprehend the central fact of the Republican Primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening.”
How Donald Trump got to where he is today revolves around the theme of protection. There are the protected and the unprotected. “The protected make public policy and the unprotected live in it.”
The protected are the accomplished, the secure, those with political access. They are the elite who operate in government, politics and the media.
Ms. Noonan writes, “Because they are protected they feel they can do pretty much anything.” They are insulated from many of the effects of their own decisions. A small example would be Congress making laws and then exempting itself from having to live within the law.
If you are an unprotected American, you know the Democrats won’t protect you and the Republicans won’t help you.
One can see the effect in every corner of society. Distain for the Second and Fourth amendments, political correctness, refusal to manage the border, failing schools, judicial over-reach, the national debt, cost of an education and loss of jobs.
The protected always made out and it became obvious that the protected were not looking out for the unprotected.
All these mistakes – which have been made by the protected, the elite or simply the establishment – have given rise to the Donald Trump campaign.
Mr. Trump realizes that America’s middle class has built our country and they represent 60 percent of the economy. Without them, we have no country. Yet, the political class does not see the anger around them, which for the most part they created.
On February 23, 2016, Mitt Romney said, “Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works and to create job -, he has done it in Nevada and across the country.
He is one of the few people who stood up and said China has taken jobs from Americans.”
In March, Mitt Romney has changed his mind and denounced the frontrunner. Mr. Romney can today outline why Republicans should not elect Donald Trump, but he could not manage to tell Americans why Mr. Obama should not be re-elected president in 2012.
No establishment personality finds fault with the president, but do when an outsider enlarges the Republican base and stands to protect the unprotected. Today it is Donald Trump who is the underdog in a vicious smear world controlled by those who cannot tolerate a power loss.