In his campaign for the nomination, Trump won 36 states and accumulated 1,542 delegates, more than 300 over the total needed to become the Republican standard bearer. His nearest competitor, Sen. Ted Cruz, has only 559 delegates, barely one-third Trump’s total.
His victory was even more amazing considering the fact that he spent very little of his own money, but had to withstand vicious attacks by his opponents. According to Joshua Green of Bloomberg News, Trump received $62 million in attack ads during the primary season. This level of negative campaign advertising is unprecedented in a presidential primary campaign and far exceeds the total amount spent in the 2012 campaign.
Over the past year, Trump has also faced almost monolithic opposition from Republican Party and congressional leaders. In fact, it took several meetings and Trump surpassing the delegate totals needed for victory for House Speaker Paul Ryan to issue a very lukewarm endorsement of the presumptive nominee. The support did not last long for Ryan followed that up this week with a de-facto denunciation of Trump as a racist because of his complaints about federal District Court Judge Ernesto Curiel.
Ryan is a typical establishment Republican Party leader who despises what Trump represents, the grassroots. Thus, despite Trump’s historic level of popular support, GOP elitists are still plotting to deny him the nomination. Some are meeting with disgruntled loser Mitt Romney at a Utah ranch this weekend to plot anti-Trump strategy. Others, such as talk show host Hugh Hewitt, are calling for a delegate revolt at the convention. Still others, such as pathetic commentator and publisher Bill Kristol, are hoping for a white knight to appear on the scene to save the country from a Trump presidency.
What are these Trump haters afraid of? Many claim that they don’t like his brash style and his controversial comments. Others believe that Trump is not a true conservative. However, in reality, most of the Trump haters are just afraid that they will lose control of the Republican Party, their contracts, their access, in effect, their power.
They also have stark policies differences with Trump. His GOP opponents are afraid that he will pursue the policies that he articulated on the campaign trail, namely build a wall and end these horrible trade deals. Most of the GOP establishment is for open borders and free trade.
For so-called conservative purists, Trump is charlatan, spewing lies on his way to the nomination. Yet, Trump has promised to appoint a conservative Supreme Court justice and even released a list of judges that he will choose from. They have all been endorsed by the Federalist Society.
Trump has promised to rebuild the military, support the Second Amendment, cut taxes, end Obamacare, reform the Veterans Administration and get tough in the war against ISIS. On the issues that count, he is line with the majority of Americans, while his opponents in the Republican Party and Hillary are out of stop.
Unlike Romney, the weak 2012 GOP nominee who was afraid to attack Obama, Trump will not be bashful about going after Hillary. In his speech on Monday, he will outline her many questionable and corrupt activities.
It is truly sad that so many within the Republican Party actually want Trump to lose. Some probably have ambitions to run for President in 2020, like House Speaker Paul Ryan. While others are opposed to Trump’s border, immigration and trade policies and would be perfectly comfortable with Hillary Clinton as President.
Hillary will maintain the status quo and be a caretaker for a socialist federal government. Trump will be the real change agent, which is why he has garnered so much opposition among the Beltway elites.
So far, he has prevailed against incredible opposition and has a real chance to be elected in November. If he does, Donald Trump will usher in the type of change that this country desperately needs, leading a political revolution of average Americans that is long overdue.