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Trump Stumps the Critics

Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, left, and Donald Trump during the GOP debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)


Written by John Stephen, Staff Writer

Political analysts all over the country are admitting that they were wrong; after predicting a quick demise of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, he’s still in the game. In fact, he’s stronger than ever. According to CNN, Trump is leading nearly every poll nationally and in early voting states.

Plenty of people still dislike Trump, which was evidenced recently when spectators booed him upon his arrival to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. But Trump’s Republican fan base is ever growing, and his rise to the top doesn’t show signs of slowing anytime soon.

How can this be? He insults women. He rails against immigrants. His speech is bombastic and his personality blunt. He breaks almost every rule of the well-manicured and politically correct circus that is the presidential elections.

National Public Radio’s Mara Liasson, who originally thought Trump would flame out in a matter of weeks, recognized that Trump’s absolute disregard for proper political behavior is probably one of the main reasons he’s succeeding. At a time when people are anti-establishment, anti-government and anti-politics, Trump is a big middle finger aimed right at Washington.

The stagnation of the middle class over the last several years has America frustrated with politics, with its endless gridlock, partisan bickering, and fake smiles and clever words spoken only to get a vote.

Right now, people don’t want politically correct. They want straightforward and honest, a candidate who stands strongly in their beliefs instead of quietly hopping from one foot to the other while trying to please everybody. Trump is certainly that candidate.

His success seems to defy logic. Even after offending so many, he remains on top, and it’s largely because he’s tearing apart the red tape of politics, portraying a new kind of candidate who says exactly what he thinks. People, whether they realize it or not, are drawn to that stark frankness.

Only time will tell if Trump will triumph. And if you’re one of those people who thinks Trump is all wrong, and you’re pulling your hair out every time you hear of a new Trump poll victory, just remember what Bill Clinton once said: “When people are insecure, they’d rather have somebody who is strong and wrong than someone who’s weak and right.”


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