Donald Trump’s victory speech showed a new, calmer, more focused Donald Trump. That focus involved appealing to everyone’s concern for a better future. The victory speech is a must watch if you wish to understand Trump’s appeal to America. A press conference follows the short speech. Trump does a magnificent job answering reporter’s questions.
The Republican establishment is not impressed. Stop Trump is still on.
Billionaire Donald Trump has been projected to win Republican primaries in at least seven states, and Sen. Ted Cruz has been projected to win in two, on a “Super Tuesday” that has showcased Trump’s dominance over a crowded GOP field.
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) has also been projected as the winner in one state: Minnesota, his first victory of the 2016 primary season.
Trump has been projected as the winner in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia, according to Edison Media Research. In several states, his lead was in double digits, and his share of the GOP vote neared 50 percent. With those wins, Trump has more than doubled his victory total in this GOP primary season.
Cruz was projected to win both Oklahoma and his own home state of Texas just after 9 p.m. These are the second and third states Cruz has won in this race – he also won the Iowa caucuses, the first contest of all. The win in Texas, in particular, was vital: It saved Cruz from a humiliating home-state defeat, and gave him part of the largest slate of delegates that was up for grabs Tuesday.
The despair among the party establishment – which has put its last hopes in Rubio – was strong and growing after Trump’s Tuesday victories. Even Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), an outspoken critic of Cruz, said on TV: “We may be in a position to have to rally around Ted Cruz to stop Donald Trump … I can’t believe I would say yes” to that idea, Graham said.
The Republican establishment had better wake up to reality. Trump is the people’s man. No smoke-filled backroom secret deals to deny the people’s choice is going to work unless the party establishment WANTS to destroy the party.
To a large degree, politics is theater, where politicians promise to represent the people, but go to Washington and do the hell whatever they’re paid to do by the fat cats. Trump is saying no to that system. So is almost everyone else.
If you judge the party by its voters, as opposed to its leaders, the Republican Party belongs to Donald Trump. With at least five wins Tuesday, and running against a still-divided opposition, Trump is taking control the old-fashioned way: by getting more votes than the others.
Republican voters want an outsider who “tells it like it is” and will build a border wall and ban Muslims from entering the country. They may not have known they wanted those things until Trump landed on the scene -– but that’s the point of a candidacy that is shaking a major party’s foundations.
Super Tuesday provided convincing evidence that Trump’s appeal extends across Cracker Barrel territory and well into Whole Foods land, to borrow a phrase used by FiveThirtyEight.com. Two states where Trump romped -– rolling up some of his biggest margins yet — tell that story.
Massachusetts is a New England state that’s the fifth wealthiest in the nation. Alabama is a Southern state that’s the fifth poorest. On Tuesday, they formed unlikely poles holding up a broadening Trump tent.
Both went for Trump, across income levels and ideological leanings. Voters went Trump for similar reasons -– because they’re “angry” at the federal government, because they want someone who can “bring needed change.”
As Trump says in his press conference following the victory speech, he’s expanding the appeal of the Republican party. He’s a “unifer,” which is the exact word he uses.