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.