Donald Trump took seven states yesterday in the Republican primaries on “Super Tuesday.”
Ted Cruz took three. Marco Rubio took one.
Honestly, I’m a little surprised Trump didn’t take more considering how widespread his appeal seems to be. The Boston Herald reported on Monday how 20,000 Massachusetts voters quit the Democrat party over the winter, “with thousands doing so to join the Republican ranks.” Probably to vote for Trump.
Again, these are Massachusetts voters! The crème de la crème of liberal constituents! Yet they want to vote for Donald Trump. (Apparently so do most of the 17 or 18 – 19 tops – Republican voters that actually exist in the state, since Trump won the primary there.)
That says nothing good about how the Democrat party has been running its show. Then again, the Trump phenomenon says nothing good about Republican leadership either.
I’m sorry if you’re a Trump fan, but Trump isn’t respectable. I’m not one of those nitwits who believes all the stories circulating about him. A lot of it is fear-mongering and juvenile levels of loathing. But it is a proven fact that Trump has made ignorant comments about various groups of people, not because he’s racist or sexist, but because he’s a bully who will seize whatever advantage he can.
He also vacillates, switching his stories and promises to suit his mood. I’m not saying he’s lying. I think he really believes himself each and every time. But he’s still wishy-washy and therefore untrustworthy.
Yet a large chunk of Republicans – and apparently Democrats too – prefer him to the polished, smooth-talking status-quo politicians we’re normally presented with. Probably because the polished, smooth-talking status-quo politicians are normally big, fat, condescending liars.
I think it’s that last adjective that’s pushing people to Trump the most. Americans are sick of being smugly disregarded. And Donald Trump, for all his billions, is acting like he’s one of us. He says what he means (at least in the moment) in regular language with regular emotions.
But he’s also not going to hold us to the standard we’re capable of achieving: one where we stand up for what’s right, not for what makes us feel better.