Don’t blame the media for Trump; blame those voting for him

Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul Donald Trump, speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, July 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ORG XMIT: IANH1

It has now been nine months since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president. Given his bizarre behavior over that time frame, his clear inadequacy as a potential president and the looming electoral disaster that his nomination would produce, you would think that Republican-leaning voters would have begun to wise up by now.

You — and by “you”, I of course mean me — would be wrong.

In the latest CNN poll, 47 percent of GOP-inclined voters now say that they prefer Trump as their party nominee. While that still falls a bit short of a majority, it reflects a rise of 21 points just since late November. Apparently, while people like me have been appalled by Trump’s antics, those same antics have convinced a lot more Republicans that he’s the man for them. Almost two-thirds of Republicans now say they would be either enthusiastic or satisfied if Trump wins their party’s nomination.

And while that same poll shows anti-Trump Republicans belatedly coalescing around Ted Cruz — support for the Texas senator has more than doubled in a month’s time — Cruz still lingers back at 31 percent, a 16-point chasm that will be almost impossible to close this late in the game. Winning Utah is nice, but there’s only one Utah on the map.

Frightened by what they’re witnessing, a lot of establishment Republicans have attempted to blame Trump’s popularity on the wall-to-wall media coverage that he has received, and there’s no denying that Trump has gotten far more air time than any other candidate. However, among a rational electorate, extensive coverage of such a clownish, immature candidate should have driven his popularity down, not up. Trump is hardly a secret at this point; nobody who votes for him can plausibly claim that nobody told them about his blithe ignorance of the issues, his crass arrogance, his reliance on bigotry and racial resentment, his authoritarian and even fascistic tendencies.

It’s all out there at this point, and roughly half of the GOP electorate appears to embrace it. That’s on them, not on the media.

The polls also give us a way to gauge the potential impact of the Trump phenomenon on the November elections.  According to the CNN poll, for example, 91 percent of GOP-leaning voters acknowledge that their party is divided, and 46 percent expect that divide to last through November. More than a third say that if Trump wins the nomination, they want to see another Republican launch a third-party effort.

Jonah Goldberg captures the dilemma succinctly:

“Nominating Donald Trump will wreck the Republican Party as we know it. Not nominating Trump will wreck the Republican Party as we know it.”

That description of a deeply, perhaps fatally troubled party is confirmed by the results of another poll released this week, this one from CBS/New York Times:

cnnpoll

As you can see, the Democratic Party isn’t exactly charming the pants off the American people, but as in the old joke about outrunning the bear, it doesn’t matter. It merely has to be more popular than their opponents, and the Republicans’ already high unfavorable rating has risen another seven points since October.

The poll also asked voters their response to a potential Trump presidency. Would that make them excited, optimistic, concerned or downright scared? Fifty percent of voters and 48 percent of independents said that the prospect of a Trump presidency frightens them, and frightened voters will turn out against the cause of that fear.

The corresponding figure for Hillary Clinton was 35 percent, which is also high. (See Bear, necessity of outrunning). Of the four top candidates for president, the one who is judged least scary by the American people turns out to be Bernie Sanders (27 percent), an avowed socialist.

Now what does that tell you?

Reader Comments 0

516 comments
Dunk13
Dunk13

Jay Bookman and his ultra liberal positions on the AJC editorial board is the reason Donald Trump will be the next President! Period!

The American people are sick of the liberal establishment that is bring our country down!

Dunk13
Dunk13

Jesslase@aol.com

Pinecone31
Pinecone31

I blame the "establishment" republican party for not putting forth an electable candidate. Rubio couldn't even win his own state, what a joke. I like Kasich and would hate to vote for Trump but even Trump is better than Hillary.


Fbarney
Fbarney

It's people like Jay Bookman, Obama, Hillary and the Media who make Trump so popular.

Bookman is part of the Liberal, Biased AJC Media. 

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

If Hillary is elected, don't blame her for helping her wall street friends and the Clinton Foundation, blame the pantie sniffers who thought the  slogan " Fighting for us " meant them.

xxxzzz
xxxzzz

What it tells you is that a lot of people aren't paying attention or Bernie would rank up there with Donald for scary.

Chuckyc
Chuckyc

Liberals like you and Hillary are why Trump is so popular with you political correctness run amok! Trump scares me too but near as much as lying Hillary!

Chuckyc
Chuckyc

Are the Police in Brussels raiding Christian or Jewish neighborhoods looking for the terrorist? NO, they are looking in the Muslum slums, so I guess they're discriminating against a religion! But liberals such as yourself and your candidate Hillary are the reason little old ladies and children are frisked at airports because we don't want to profile people. All this political nonsense is why Trump is so popular and you're an ass for disparaging the people who support him! Trump kind of scares me too but nearly as much as Hillary does. The women in this country deserve to have the first female president not be the lying, money and power hungary, say whatever is politically expedient at the time, untrustworthy person that Hillary is! And on top of that we will have ole Bill running around the White House again, pointing his crooked finger at the American people while lying thru his teeth, saying.....I did not have sex with that woman. Absolutely, that's what this country needs, give me a break Bookman!

popgun
popgun

People, including me, have been underestimating Trump for months. We are one mass casualty event away from a Trump presidentcy.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

Let's not forget that Bernie hasn't been vetted yet, at least nothing like the Republicans would do in a general. It would be brutal!

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Trump lashes out over hostile ad featuring his wife, vows to 'spill the beans' on Cruz spouse "



What would evangelicals do??


The BIGGER questions is.......


What would Jesus do??


Does Donald Trump Put an End to Republican 'Family Values' Nonsense?

First Lady Melania Trump ?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEGskOownpY

RantNRave
RantNRave

@Visual Cortex


It didn't take much to make


it RACIER


You think??

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@RantNRave
It's weird how the Cruz PAC blacked out stuff that they could show on daytime TV anyway.

Guess they're trying to make the pic seem racier than it is.

/headin' upstairs

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Trump lashes out over hostile ad featuring his wife, vows to 'spill the beans' on Cruz spouse "


I can't wait to hear what The Chump has to say about


his TROPHY WIFE'S NUDE PHOTO


Does Donald Trump Put an End to Republican 'Family Values' Nonsense?

First Lady Melania Trump ?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEGskOownpY

ByteMe
ByteMe

@RantNRave He says he has nekkid pics of Heidi Cruz that he'll tweet if we don't stop showing Melania nude.

RantNRave
RantNRave

@ByteMe


What's good for the goose........


heeheeheeheehee

RantNRave
RantNRave

It's gettin hot in the GOP CAM-PAIN !


The schitt Don hit the fan !


**************************************************************


Trump lashes out over hostile ad featuring his wife, vows to 'spill the beans' on Cruz spouse 


The Texas senator came out swinging Wednesday, telling CNN, “If Donald wants to get in a character fight he’s better off sticking with me, because Heidi is way out of his league.”In a Republican primary race that’s seen its share of insults and mud-slinging, the battle between front-runner Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz got even uglier Wednesday – as the candidates clashed over attacks on each other's wives. 

Cruz was responding to threats made by the New York businessman after an anti-Trump super PAC produced a Facebook ad showing Trump’s wife Melania posing nude.

Trump took to Twitter Tuesday – making a not-so-thinly veiled threat regarding Cruz’s wife Heidi Cruz.

The real estate mogul tweeted that the Texas senator should "be careful" or he would "spill the beans on your wife.”


Does Donald Trump Put an End to Republican 'Family Values' Nonsense?

First Lady Melania Trump ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEGskOownpY


Eye wonder
Eye wonder

This "warning" from JR's porn site is pretty dang funny:


"Warning

All technical data in this website, especially for handloading, reflect the limited experience of individuals using specific tools, products, equipment and components under specific conditions and circumstances not necessarily reported in the article and over which the National Rifle Association (NRA) has no control . The data have not otherwise been tested or verified by the NRA. The NRA, its agents, officers and employees accept no responsibility for the results obtained by persons using such data and disclaim all liability for any consequential injuries or damages." 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Eye wonder 

It's a disclaimer for those who make their own rounds of ammunition.

That's a process best left to the professionals, as guns have certain tolerances for the amount of gunpowder used.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

Translation: we crazy; we no responsible for what happens if you take our crazy for your crazy.

gotalife
gotalife

@Kamchak @Eye wonder I had a double barrel sawed off shotgun that fell apart after pulling both triggers. I reached for my face to make sure it was still there.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Eye wonder that pretty much sums up your outlook.

Millions of Americans favor and support the NRA and the message of the First Freedom ads and see it as patriotism.

You call it porn.


Kamchak
Kamchak

@St Simons he-ne-ha 

Reloading is an acceptable practice, if it's done by someone sober and knows what they're doing. It's the "Hey I wonder what will happen if/hold my beer and watch this" guys doing the reloading that worry me.

It's also why gun ranges insist that anyone renting one of their guns only use ammunition supplied by the range.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Only got a minute for a drive by and then I have to head to another appointment. 


I see the whining from fellow cons- Fox news and John McCain specifically, on the news today about how Obama should cancel his trip and his schedule and come home to deal with the Brussels bombing. WTF? What in the hell can he do about something that's already happened? 


Is the world or the U.S. all of a sudden going to be all safe and cozy based upon the president's geographic location? I mean WTF kinda thinking is that? Dumbest thing I ever did hear. 


I'm all about criticizing Obama on policy issues that I disagree with. But criticizing him for sticking to his schedule, which is what you're supposed to do to let the terrorists know we will continue to live our lives, is dumber than a box of rocks. 


There. Said my piece. I do feel better now LOL!


Ya'll play nice. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Doom Classical liberal

 I do feel better now LOL!

'preciate it.

And yeah, it'd be foolish to give these sickos any more power than they already have, and if Obama simply drops what he's doing to focus even more attention on the incident at Brussels who, pray tell, will benefit?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Eye wonder @Nick_Danger @stefpe @Doom Classical liberal I think of it more like Gollum.  Just because deep inside there may be a "hobbit" trapped inside does not always mean you ignore the much larger presence of the Gollum that causes all the harm for "my precious". 

And I would expect that both look about the same in speedos.  :D

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Doom Classical liberal "But criticizing him for sticking to his schedule, which is what you're supposed to do to let the terrorists know we will continue to live our lives, is dumber than a box of rocks. "


This is why I never faulted Bush for finishing the book he read to the kids on 9/11. I didn't think it was proper to fault him for that. 

I also would not have faulted him for excusing himself by saying "my country needs me, kids. I'll come back again." 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Visual_Cortex The whiners will whine that he wasn't ignoring the terrorists so he was giving them what they want.

It's the "Whatever Obama does I will be against" disease that afflicts a segment of the population.