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Trump’s popularity amongst rank-and-file Republicans soars as businesses cut their ties to him

06 Jul

I don’t have any particular preferences among the Republican candidates (if I were American, I’d likely gravitate more towards rightist / libertarian fringe party candidates), but quite apart from the race itself, I find this encouraging:

In the boardrooms of America this past week, it was Donald Trump who was up for elimination.

The dismissals, following his comments calling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” among other unpleasant epithets, came in waves for the former star of reality TV’s The Apprentice.

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision dropped Trump’s Miss USA pageant from its schedule. Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa withdrew from his Miss Universe competition. NBCUniversal sacked him. Macy’s department stores dumped his clothing line. Even Houston hair-care line Farouk Systems cut off all deals with the billionaire real-estate magnate and would-be politician.

But as much as The Donald’s incendiary remarks burned his business bridges, they may have also fired up his base of red-meat Republicans.

Trump is still going strong in conservative polls.

In fact, he has moved into second place in the early decision states for the Republican nomination, New Hampshire and Iowa, according to the most recent surveys.

“His numbers only appear to be going up,” says former Republican strategist Roger Stone, now a Tea Party member who supports Trump.

“Donald Trump’s sin is he said some comments that were politically incorrect. But politically incorrect is not the same thing as unpopular, depending on what segment of the population you’re talking to.”

Those comments — part of Trump’s rambling,unscripted declaration for his Republican candidacy last month — included allusions to Mexican immigrants as drug-pushers and criminals.

“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump said in the lobby of New York’s Trump Tower, drawing guffaws from the press corps.

“Some, I assume, are good people,” he added.

Hispanic groups slammed the remarks as derogatory. (Actress Eva Longoria even compared him to Hitler.)

And some of his biggest clients rushed to distance themselves from the candidate by ending their business relationships.

Right-leaning Americans were more forgiving, however.

Why do I find this encouraging?

Because, as with the Chick-Fil-A war Appreciation Day three summers back, it means ordinary folks aren’t yet fully indoctrinated in prog-think, and in fact, are inclined to do the opposite of whatever the elites want, when the elites are hostile towards a target deemed so politically incorrect as to be beyond the pale, in their minds.

In the midst of a season of unfortunate recent political and culture war victories for the left, it’s refreshing to see them not win the battle for hearts and minds in at least this one regard.

Small victories are still important, at the very least for some morale-boosting, if for no other reason.

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16 responses to “Trump’s popularity amongst rank-and-file Republicans soars as businesses cut their ties to him

  1. feeriker

    July 6, 2015 at 2:39 am

    For all of his current populist rhetoric, Trump is still the same old arrogant, opportunistic scumbag he always has been. He is counting here on the short or non-existent memories of reich-wing dittoheads incapable of digesting issues in anything other than 30-second soundbytes. He obviously knows his audience very well.

    One of two mutually exclusive things is happening here. Either Trump has gone completely off the deep end and thinks that he has an actual chance at the presidency as a rebellious political outsider (which means that he’s as much of a clueless moron as those he’s pandering to), or he’s collaborating with the Establishment to create pre-election drama as a means of distraction for the benefit of one of the Establishment figurehead candidates, who, once in office, is gonna shower Donald with a whole bucketload of favors and goodies that he’ll enjoy like any other good state-corporatist.

    I’m going to assume that it’s the second scenario. The Donald didn’t make a fortune by being an idiot (not to confuse the word idiot with “obnoxious asshole,” which The Donald most definitely is). Also, anybody who has paid any attention to his political involvement for the last two election cycles knows that he has consistently endorsed candidates and platforms of the Left. But again, don’t expect the clueless morons currently singing his praises to be in possession of sufficient secondary storage space to be able to recall such inconvenient facts.

    Tl;dr version: any “adult” American who takes American politics seriously after all the obvious examples of the past two-plus decades doesn’t deserve to be let loose in the world without supervision by a mentally competent adult (best of luck finding one of those anymore).

     
  2. Will S.

    July 6, 2015 at 10:30 am

    @ feeriker: Like I said, I don’t care for any of the GOP candidates. And I have no doubt you’re correct, that it’s the second of those scenarios. Nevertheless, I’m glad that, despite short memories and attention spans, the instinct of the masses is still to largely reject the P.C. mindset. It gives me some hope. Perhaps I’m too much of an optimist, though. I’m just seeing what I think is a bright side; a silver lining in a dark cloud.

     
  3. AmicusC

    July 6, 2015 at 11:19 am

    looks a lot like the King Ralph effect. for those that don’t know it: get drunk, bust into homeless shelter make it rain money and yell at them all being a bunch of losers for not working. give half A’ed apology and watch your support soar.

    @freeriker “For all of his current populist rhetoric, Trump is still the same old arrogant, opportunistic scumbag he always has been. He is counting here on the short or non-existent memories of reich-wing dittoheads incapable of digesting issues in anything other than 30-second soundbytes. He obviously knows his audience very well.”

    how is that different than any other politician? pretty sure obummer didn’t get elected for his reasoned arguments and sound political stances. up here Junior wasn’t popular because of his policies or any reason other then people thought he was attractive and young. plus his name.

    although I do like your subtle and clever attempt to say people on the right are Nazis. good for you. really helps your point to allege Nazism on people you don’t like.

     
  4. Will S.

    July 6, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Amicus, we’re all on the right, here; we’re just further right than neo-cons, who play-act at being conservative, but manage to conserve nothing. The ratchet only turns one way; leftists push leftism; ‘rightists’ accomplish nothing other than give the left time to consolidate its gains.

    By ‘Junior’, I presume you are referring to Justin Trudeau. And by ‘King Ralph’, you doubtless are referring to Ralph Klein.

     
  5. Will S.

    July 6, 2015 at 11:37 am

     
  6. AmicusC

    July 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

    yes on both counts about king ralph and junior. I wasn’t suggesting anything as to freeriker’s political beliefs I just find it extremely intellectually lazy to casually toss in Nazi references. I find them even more annoying when they aren’t good analogies and water down the reference. unless of course the group he was referring to is running a concentration camp and specifically targeting a race of people for genocide. in that case my apologies and link please.

    I completely agree with the frustration regarding right wingers that are name only.

     
  7. Will S.

    July 6, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I hear ya.

    Since you addressed feeriker, it would only be fair for me to let him answer himself, if he chooses to.

    BTW, welcome to Patriactionary!

    I’m Canadian – a fellow Ontarian – but the others associated with this blog are American, and most of our participants are, too.

    As for Canadian politics, I’m frustrated like you with rightists in name only, and I have enough beefs with the Harper Tories that I can’t bring myself to vote for them. So I don’t bother voting, federally.

    And since Patrick Brown decided to march in the gay pride parade, looks like I once again also won’t be voting Tory provincially, either.

     
  8. AmicusC

    July 6, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I understand why you thought I was Ontarian. im not. no need to mention why. im from the west.

     
  9. Will S.

    July 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Oh, okay. Hence your familiarity with Ralph. 🙂

     
  10. AmicusC

    July 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

    thanks for the welcome been lurking a while. the sites wonderful. I will keep in mind the additional non-Canadian audience so I don’t use short hand that may leave them wondering what I am talking about.

     
  11. Will S.

    July 6, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I lived in Alberta for four years, BTW, from mid-2001-mid-2005.

     
  12. Will S.

    July 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Thanks!

    Yes, though I am an unabashed and flag-waving (Red Ensign, though) Canuck, we be a mix here. We also have an Aussie and a Kiwi, a Dutch woman, as well as others, commenting here.

     
  13. feeriker

    July 6, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Since you addressed feeriker, it would only be fair for me to let him answer himself, if he chooses to.

    I’ll answer the question just by asking another one of Amicus: Are you one of those American reich-wing dittoheads? No? Then why are you in a lather about the description? Slow day up in the provinces?

     
  14. AmicusC

    July 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    @feeriker wow way to defend a comment. if you read the comment and my response to Will you would see why it bothers me. but unfortunately I don’t have lots of time to interact with people that are intellectually lazy and get but hurt when they get called out on it.

     

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