WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 — “What a stiff,” Donald Trump said of Republican rival Senator Lindsey Graham. “He doesn’t seem like a very bright guy. He actually probably seems to me not as bright as [former Texas Governor] Rick Perry. I think Rick Perry probably is smarter than Lindsey Graham.”
I’m sure Perry is somewhat gratified if not mortified. Graham’s campaign manager, Christian Ferry, told CNN,
“Because of Trump’s bombastic and ridiculous campaign, we aren’t talking about [President] Obama’s horrible deal with Iran or Hillary Clinton’s plans to continue Obama’s failed national security agenda.”
Many Americans had no idea Graham was running for the Republican presidential nomination until Trump informed them.
Ferry is also upset Trump called his boy a “jackass” and “idiot.” Trump told a gathering of supporters a story about the time Graham begged him to ask the producers of the morning news show Fox and Friends to invite him on as a guest. Trump then held up a card with Graham’s personal phone number printed on it and asked the crowd to dial it. “I don’t know, give it a shot,” said Trump.
Republican Party hacks and opinion writers at big conservative journals are irate that Trump has tapped into America’s frustration with what tea-party darling Gov. Sarah Palin famously called “politics as usual.” Like Christian Ferry, they say Trump is making a mockery of America’s glorious two-party system.
Those hacks and opinion writers all fail to see that Trump is not speaking “truth to power.” He is simply annoying the pinheads of America’s ruling class and the guardians of political correctness, the mainstream media, to the delight of millions.
Here is his formula for success:
- The media hates him. Trump doesn’t care.
- Republican empty suits hate him. Trump doesn’t care.
- Democrats hate him. Trump doesn’t care.
Are you starting to see a pattern? For a guy running what many say is a disjointed campaign, Trump is relentlessly consistent. Trump doesn’t care.
And the latest ABC/Washington Post poll finds Trump leading his closest GOP rival by 11 points.
Trump has more than tapped into the average American’s anger over illegal immigration and Washington’s bipartisan plans to encourage more of the same. Trump’s antics have forced identical reactions from establishment politicians in both parties, dissolving the fiction that a chasm of difference exists between Democrat and Republican oligarchs.
While running as a Republican, Trump has managed to appear the outsider; a one-man third-party candidate.
If Trump’s success so far in the 2016 Republican contest for the presidency proves anything, it’s that a dead GOP isn’t giving Republican voters bold candidates unafraid to say what they think and tough enough not to be swayed from their message by critics.
The GOP’s milquetoast stiffs should stop criticizing Trump, shut up and learn. Otherwise, Queen Hillary will be the next President of the United States.