Remember Donald Trump’s incredibly racist announcement that he was running for President? Remember how he said all Mexican immigrants were rapists and drug dealers? Remember how disgusting it was?
Well, it looks like the Republican base believes such behavior should be rewarded. As the Wall Street Journal reports:
He’s dismissed by the political professionals, but there is no denying that the appetite for Donald Trump among Republican primary voters is real.
The New York developer and reality television star is second among 2016 presidential candidates in a new Suffolk University poll of New Hampshire Republicans – behind only former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
The poll of 500 likely GOP presidential primary voters found 14% back Mr. Bush. Mr. Trump is right behind at 11%. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio come next, with 8% and 7%, respectively. The poll tested 19 GOP candidates – a rare survey that included ultra-longshots like Mark Everson and former Govs. Bob Ehrlich and Jim Gilmore.
There’s slight comfort to be taken in the fact that Trump is at least facing financial consequences as a result of his bigotry. On Thursday, American Spanish language network Univision announced that it would not only drop the Miss USA competition from its broadcast schedule, but sever all ties with Trump and his empire. While Trump engaged in an ugly battle with Univision — promising to sue them for all they’re worth, banning employees from his properties, publishing the phone number of an exec to the web — a petition calling on NBC to follow suit was gaining steam, prompting the home of The Apprentice to announce today the end of the Trump era on their network as well. Once more, Trump is promising legal action. It’s an absolute circus.
One might think that said circus would diminish Trump’s standing, but given the long, vile history of racism in the Republican base and their resentment of what they view as the “PC Police,” it’s entirely plausible that the whole ordeal will grant Trump the position of victim in the culture wars, only bolstering his support within likely GOP primary voters. In the meantime, more mainstream GOP presidential hopefuls will have to come to terms with the fact that they’re catering to a party where racial slurs move you to the front of the pack. I wouldn’t hold your breath on that revelation inspiring productive change.