Like it or not, Donald Trump taps into the silent majority

Like it or not, Donald Trump taps into the silent majority

Donald Trump is dismissed as a racist buffoon, but he's riding high in the polls. Is he a gift or a curse to the GOP?

Donald Trump | Image Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia creative commons
Donald Trump | Image Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia creative commons

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2015 — GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump is dominating the headlines this week in a way most people would prefer not to. Three of his business partners — Macy’s, NBC, and Univision — are parting ways with him over his controversial remarks about illegal immigrants from Mexico.

Although a minor network, Reelz will air Trump’s Miss USA pageant, he is hardly out of the woods.

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Those controversial statements came during his speech to announce his candidacy for the White House. At one point he went on a tirade against undocumented Americans, saying,

“When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.

“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems… It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… 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.

“It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.”

These remarks ignited an uproar in social media, but among many conservative voters, the response was overwhelmingly positive. The fact that Trump wouldn’t retract them made him a hero to those who now believe that political correctness has become heavy handed and oppressive with regard to free speech. People are tired of politicians who continually “temper their words” and “weigh their comments”; they are looking for someone to speak the truth to them.


Those who thought that Trump’s remarks left him “dead in the water” politically must be shocked over what has happened in the days since. He has catapulted in the polls and seems to be taping into the “silent majority” that Richard Nixon use to refer to. These are people who are tired of a media that practices arm twisting, and politicians committed to posturing and ambition.

Trump isn’t sinking in the polls; he has skyrocketed.

Business Insider summarizes well the concern among the GOP that comes with a Trump surge: “Donald Trump is quickly becoming the GOP establishment’s worst nightmare.” How much has he surged? According to CNN, Trump is dominating several major polls, finding himself consistently in second place in early primary states and in national polls.

The First Amendment was designed to protect offensive speech — the only type that needs protection — yet people are facing horrible consequences trying to exercise that right. They are offended by PC “bullies” who force people to march in lockstep.

That is the only way one can explain the dramatic rise of a man with zero political experience, an awkward if not clown-like persona, and a tone deafness when it comes to being media savvy.

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Political correctness is in trouble. When liberal comedians like Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld say that colleges and universities are too narrow minded, that indicates that something has gone too far. Future comedians may all become libertarians because of their passion for free speech and the need to make a living.

People can and likely will dismiss Trump as a buffoon, but if the GOP establishment does that, they might find him or someone like him on the presidential ticket. This seems unlikely, but in the old days, VP candidates were often chosen for the ability to be a flamethrower.

That was the exact role of Richard Nixon’s first vice president, Spiro Agnew. When it comes to verbal combat, Trump has nothing on Spiro Agnew.

The whole political correctness movement might be at a crossroads as millions of Americans seem to believe it has simply gone too far. Donald Trump might be the very odd poster child of that reality.

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