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Assault on America, Day 426: What Super Tuesday won’t solve (Trump and minority voters)

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On Super Tuesday, something to consider: Demographically speaking, the Republican Party is dying.

This isn’t news to anyone who’s paid attention to politics for the past couple decades. As time went on and presidents and congresses came and went it became clear that Democrats were solidifying their hold on steadily growing minority groups that favored them by large percentages and were also making inroads into traditional GOP mainstays (such as increasingly nanny-state loving suburban college educated white voters). By the numbers it was only a matter of time before Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party went the way of the Dodo bird… or maybe the Whig Party.

The trends held through George W. Bush’s presidency, though the Texas establishmentarian was credited with winning two terms mostly because he could speak Spanish and received an unusually large 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. Then along came John McCain and Mitt Romney, both of whom failed miserably to capture the devotion of the exponentially budding Latino groups. McCain gained political fame for his consistent pleas to grant some form of amnesty to illegal invaders, yet it didn’t do him much good on Election Day.

Of course Romney was all over the place on immigration. No one really knows if Mitt ever had any core beliefs on the subject (or anything else), but if he did, his principles would’ve been malleable and likely for sale to the highest establishment bidder.

Then, in 2015, billionaire tabloid sensation, real estate developer and reality TV star Donald Trump entered the picture. The longtime celebrity had talked about running for president for decades though no one took it seriously, and when he did officially throw his hat in the ring, Trump instantly startled the sensitive political ruling class by zeroing in on illegal immigration as the mainstay of his country-first Make America Great Again pitch.

There was no sugarcoating it for Trump. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

“But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.”

GOP elites and Democrats were shocked and repulsed by Trump’s bluntness as well as the ideas beneath his moral. They worried if the party grassroots was foolish enough to nominate Trump that he’d squander what was left of the party’s Hispanic following and he’d repel other minority groups in a similar fashion (all of which would view him as a “white nationalist” racist xenophobe who judges solely by skin color) and it would be curtains for Republicans up and down the ballot.

Trump didn’t bat an eyelash, nor did he soften or change his message. Republican voters loved it. He subsequently was nominated and waged an unapologetic hard-hitting issues-based campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2016, and she even helped define the stakes by labeling half of Trump’s backers as being from the “basket of deplorables” -- racists, sexists, xenophobes, homophobes, whatever else kind of –phobes. The elites’ contempt was tangible.

Then Trump won the election while garnering about the same level of Hispanic support as either McCain or Romney did. And as president, Trump is continuing to court minority voters, too, so the Republican Party won’t be left for dead. Judging by the polls, the strategy seems to be working. Stephen Dinan reported at The Washington Times, “[N]ine months out from his second Election Day, and despite a tenure in the White House that has involved building a border wall, stepping up deportations and insulting some Latin American nations as ‘s—hole’ countries, Mr. Trump is as strong as ever among Hispanic voters, according to the polls.

“One poll [Emerson College Polling] puts his approval rating as high as 44% and shows him winning 41% of the Hispanic vote in a head-to-head match-up with Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont. That would best his 2016 showing of 28% support and put him in the running with President George W. Bush for the highest share of Hispanic votes for a GOP candidate...

“Mr. Trump has improved his standing among Hispanics in just the last week in two regular polls — the Politico/Morning Consult survey and the Economist/YouGov survey. Last week both had the president at 35% approval in the Hispanic breakout of their national survey. This week he’s at 39% in the Morning Consult poll and 38% in the YouGov survey.”

It’s something the establishment would never willingly concede, that the brash talking rich-guy New York billionaire could actually connect with people who they’d already given up for lost as far as the Republican Party was concerned. To these intractable political pinheaded geeks it’s inconceivable that someone with brown skin could be attracted to Trump’s point regardless of their feelings about his rhetoric.

The ruling class forgets (or ignores) the fact that, statistically speaking, many Hispanics live in densely populated urban neighborhoods where crime and other social maladies are rampant. They’ve seen their children being harassed by MS-13 and their workplaces and businesses taken over or edged out by cheap illegal labor that’s stealing their livelihoods right beneath their noses. These folks don’t think any more highly of amnesty for illegal immigrants than the average working class white voter in the rust belt – and it’s insulting to insinuate that any group, ethnicity or otherwise, is a single-issue bloc who all believe the same thing and act the same way.

Further, immigrants who’ve gone through the lengthy and often frustrating bureaucratic process to obtain legal status and/or citizenship aren’t keen on bending or breaking the rules for people who basically up and decided they’d come to America to exploit its opportunities and richly take advantage of its liberal welfare system. Democrats trample on the notions of fairness and equity for the millions who did it the right way and resent being condescendingly lectured to and taken for granted as supporters of the law breakers.

Such is the case for the immigrants (of all races) I’ve spoken with. And that’s not even including the rapidly expanding black owned business class that also brushes up against the plague of illegal immigration in city centers.

Purveyors of identity politics assume ethnic blocs vote together (isn’t that racism?), which may be true where Democrat machines harvest votes and pressure the weak to conform or suffer. But even the most well-funded and urgently driven leftist campaign can’t reach everyone and the economy-centered Hispanic community thinks for itself. Democrats would have you think every Hispanic or Latino voter is just the same as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but in reality there are many who prefer the limited government orientations of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio instead.

Add the reality that Trump has repeatedly reached out to minority communities and tasked Republicans like Senator Tim Scott (who happens to be African-American) with leading efforts to help neighborhoods advance economically and the dam is starting to break. It took a GOP president who wasn’t afraid to address the matter head-on and a smattering of similarly courageous politicians (like Scott and Ben Carson) to stand up to the defenders of the Democrat “plantation” and challenge the status quo.

Today’s Democrat party is a shadow of its former self. What was once perceived by average people of all races and ethnicities as a political organization advocating for the “little man” has transformed itself into a wacked-out conglomeration of power-hungry pols more interested in crackpot scientific theories like “climate change” and special favors for the LGBTQ lobby than fighting for common sense laws that make a difference in people’s lives.

Republicans haven’t done a good job of promoting conservative ideas and solutions but Trump is changing the dynamic within the GOP. Many a liberal commentator has mockingly sneered “It’s Trump’s party now,” and by the looks of it, they’re right! If Trump is able to garner a significantly higher percentage of minority votes than his Republican predecessors, Democrats know the election is over before it even starts. And that’s why they’re so worried.

Let Democrats be the champions of the swamp and they can have their coddling of illegal aliens too. It’s a losing campaign and Democrats recognize it. That’s why they desperately work to portray incidents such as Charlottesville as characteristic of the typical white person or… conservative Republican.

For far too long Democrats assumed the numbers were in their favor, simply because demographic trends indicated the percentage of white voters was falling vis-à-vis minorities and immigrants. King Edward the Longshanks in Braveheart said, “If we can’t get them out, we’ll breed them out.” Unfortunately for liberals, it doesn’t appear to be working for them.

Hispanic voters aren’t the only ones changing their impressions of Trump. John Gage reported at The Washington Examiner, “Former NFL player Jack Brewer declared that President Trump, not President Barack Obama, was the first black president...

“Brewer added that he was a lifelong Democrat until Trump ‘inspired’ a change in him that made him support his campaign. ‘You’ve changed me. You touched me. And you made my work go to another level. You inspire me. And every time I go into those prisons, and I ask my guys how many of them had their sentences reduced and they raise their hands, I know I’m doing God’s work, and I thank you for that,’ he said.

“The president's campaign is looking to win over black voters and announced this week that it would be creating new outreach centers for the black community in 15 different cities.”

Polls differ on the amount of support President Trump enjoys in black communities. Some surveys suggest his approval rating is in the thirties yet also indicate the number of votes he can expect isn’t much different than any other election where the GOP nominee receives less than ten percent.

But when you have black leaders like Brewer, Diamond and Silk and cultural forces like rapper Kanye West touting Trump to some degree, it’s bound to be reflected in the greater African-American attitudes. Together with the “outreach centers” highlighted in Gage’s story above, here’s thinking Republicans are finally reaching the point where cracks in the Democrats’ solid wall are beginning to emerge.

And maybe the GOP won’t demographically perish after all.

There’s no doubt the Republican Party needed to change – and if it didn’t, it certainly would’ve continued to deteriorate. The party establishment’s solutions usually involved becoming more liberal, offering amnesty, rejecting the conservative cultural agenda and jumping on the bandwagon to provide federal goodies to all who demand them.

Trump didn’t follow their advice. And things are much better today – for the country and for conservatives and Republicans.

After Super Tuesday, much discussion will focus on the remaining viable candidates in the Democrat presidential race, but it shouldn’t be ignored how President Trump’s campaign is gaining a foothold with once solid Democrat constituencies. This won’t change regardless of whether it’s Bloomberg, Biden or Sanders that eventually faces him.

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