Republicans should not underestimate Donald Trump — Democrats aren’t!
Remember how Hillary Clinton attacked Jeb Bush mocking his “Right to Rise” campaign and her commercial defending Planned Parenthood accusing its GOP critics of waging a war on women?
Something is not right.
Why the silence from Hillary, Nancy Pelosi, Hollywood elites, the National Organization of Women and the usual suspects in the Democratic academic and civil rights establishment over Donald Trump’s unflattering comments regarding women and his rather insulting comments directed at Fox News’ Megyn Kelly?
Although he later clarified his remarks regarding Kelly, do you think for one minute that there would have been silence if Bush, Rubio, Huckabee, Carson or any of the other male GOP contenders had made such comments and referred to the only female debate moderator as a “lightweight” or re-tweeted that she was a “bimbo”?
Democrats would love nothing better than for Trump to pull a Ross Perot and run as a third party candidate next year if he does not get the GOP nomination.
The more attention he gets from the media and the more outrageous his comments, the more the messages of the other candidates get drowned out and the more they are asked to respond to him as opposed to defining their own positions.
The Democrats would love to see Trump break away from the GOP. After all, this is one of the most astute and qualified group of presidential contenders that any party has ever put forth — and the most diversified.
Democrats can’t say this group — which includes a female, a black-American, an Indian-American and two Hispanic-Americans — a “bunch of old white men” which is their standard criticism of the GOP and its candidates.
Any one of them would be a better selection to run our country than the Democrats’ weak bench of Hillary Clinton, Vermont’s Socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.
Democratic strategists will welcome anybody that will weaken GOP chances of taking the White House. Trump might just be the answer to their prayers.
He would not win as an Independent but he sure would cripple the GOP candidate as Perot did to George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Trump’s critics say that his arrogance and penchant for calling people a “loser,” “slob,” “lightweight,” and other distasteful names is far from exhibiting class or being “presidential” and will not get the nomination.
One thing they do not talk about however are his efforts to speak to black voters. I do give him credit for being the only GOP candidate who has said outright that Obama has treated blacks poorly.
On ABC News he said that we will not see another black president for some time because Obama has set a “very poor standard.”
Amplifying his comments he said that Obama has done “nothing” for blacks: “You look at what's gone on with their income levels. You look at what's gone on with their youth . . . I thought he'd do a fabulous job for the African-American citizens of this country. He has done nothing. look at their unemployment numbers. You have a black president who's done very poorly for the African-Americans of this country."
A loud Amen
When are the other GOP candidates going to be as forthright?
Remember also, it was Trump who visited with the family of black 17- year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr. who was murdered by an illegal Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles in 2008. His father, Jamiel Shaw, said that
“We love Mr. Trump. We’re happy, because we know he spoke up and he said something . . .”
Of course, the last thing Hillary and her chummy bed fellows in the Democratic party want to hear or discuss, including much of the civil rights and black political leadership, is the horrible record Obama and the Democrats have on issues impacting black Americans: poverty, unemployment, and crime to name a few.
But, if Trump continues to raise such issues, and the GOP candidates do not, and he goes on to run as a third party candidate, he might peel away from the Republicans, enough of the small percentage of black votes they need to win the White House in places such as Florida, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia.
Combine that with the disaffected white, and yes, Hispanic voters he might attract and it spells doom for the GOP — again!
Republicans should not underestimate him.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.
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