If you were among the skeptics who did not give Donald Trump a chance to win the Republican presidential campaign (and I was one of them) then by now, you are accepting the inevitability of him getting it.
So why is Donald Trump a man with no political experience, who has a bloated ego, and who is so politically incorrect poised to accomplish what once seems impossible? The real answer to this question is to be found in the one thing that divides America — racism.
Racism divides America and is a factor in the major decisions that affect American society – politics of course being no exception. Donald Trump’s march towards the Republican nomination came on what can be described as a racial wave of controversial comments — Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug dealers, I will build a wall and let Mexico pay for it, ban all Muslims from entering the US, deport all illegal immigrants, and his diatribe about how political correctness is destroying America. These are what can be referred to as “dog whistles” as they resonate with white people who have racist proclivities.
Evidence that the scepter of racism has influenced the Republican presidential campaign came from the former KKK grand wizard, David Duke who alluded to this element of racism when he said,
Voting for Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and “voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,” Duke told his listeners. “Now, I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven’t formally endorsed him, but I do support his candidacy and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.”
“I don’t know if he will or not, but we know his candidacy is an insurgency that is waking up millions of Americans and I’m telling you it’s your job now to get active. Get off your duff, get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you every day … call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer… you’re going to meet people there who have the same kind of mindset.
Even with David Duke’s comments notwithstanding, it is difficult to disassociate Trump’s success in the 2016 presidential campaign from racism because of his tone and comments. From the beginning of Trump’s campaign several articles have describe his campaign as being racist. Some examples include the following:
From the weak Republican field of candidates, Sen. Cruz has emerged as Trump’s sole contender for the nomination. It appears that white people who are supporting Trump have listened to David Duke or simply making a choice between a white man and a man with Hispanic heritage. Cruz himself has made it easy for Trump because it is not just his Hispanic heritage (and being born in Canada) that creates a strike against him, he is a radical Tea Party member (strike two), and he has no positive political accomplishments (strike three).
Those of us who were skeptical about Donald Trump getting the Republican nomination should be cautious about his chance of winning the presidential election. Assuming that he goes up against Hillary Clinton, the race becomes less of a problem as far as the racial component is concerned. The gender component is more of a factor than the racial component for Sec. Clinton — she does not have a good favorability rating with most white males. That is a slight advantage for Trump and perhaps a reason not to write him off in the presidential election.
Last night at his campaign rally, Trump brought up Hillary’s gender issue in a manner that is contrary to Hillary not being liked because she is a woman. Trump thinks that if she was a man she would have little chance as he said in the following comments,
Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the women’s card,” Trump said during a news conference at Trump Tower. “And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.
This comment is another example of Trump’s penchant to insult women. No astute political leader would make such a comment because they would be aware that it could alienate women by making such a condescending comment. According to the Washington Post,
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