Friday, 24 July 2015 18:57

Trumpsters vs. GOP, a conservative revolt in motion

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trump-campaignThe GOP establishment is beyond upset, they are apoplectic. Last month, on the day their favored candidate, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, announced for President, he was immediately overshadowed by Donald Trump, who officially entered the race the next day. 


Ever since then, it has been all Trump, all the time. From his bold statements to his refusal to apologize, he has dominated media coverage. We don’t even know what Mr. Moderate, Jeb Bush, is doing these days. One day Trump is being blasted by Hispanic groups and business leaders for his comments about illegal immigration and the next day he is being pilloried by the RNC and Republican politicians for his remarks about U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ). 

Before the McCain firestorm dies down, Trump is creating a new controversy by releasing the cell phone number of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). This was retaliation for Graham calling Trump a “jackass,” even though several years ago the Senator had begged Trump to help him get on Fox News. 

The week ended with Trump telling Anderson Cooper of CNN that the public doesn’t trust the media and then visiting the border and bringing attention to his favorite issue. Through it all, he has been several steps ahead of his multitude of opponents, but creating a bond with conservative voters who have been looking for a champion. 

Conservatives have been searching for a candidate who will not apologize, who will not let the media and the captains of political correctness dictate the debate. Simultaneously, Trump is at war with the GOP establishment, the media, old guard Republican politicians and his fellow presidential candidates such as former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry believes Trump is a “cancer” on conservatism, while Trump basically called Perry an imbecile who tries to look smarter by wearing glasses.  Conservative commentator Ann Coulter called Trump’s fellow candidates “midgets” and with the exception of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), all of them have joined in the Trump bashing and lost conservative support as a result. 

Every day it is a new attack against Trump, who always returns fire and is loving every minute of it. He is also attacking the smug “conservative” pundits like George Will and Charles Krauthammer, who are appalled at Trump and his campaign. While the battles continue, Trump is surging in the polls and now has a double digit lead over Bush, his nearest GOP challenger. 

Why is Trump leading? He is criticizing all of the groups that conservatives hate: the media, Republican moderates and the party establishment. Millions of conservatives know that the GOP has been taken over by the moderate, “country club” wing and they ready to bolt the Republican Party if it continues. 

Sadly, the elite is not getting the message. At the recent Republican Governor’s Conference, party bigwigs conspired to keep Trump out of the upcoming presidential debates.  This is the candidate who is leading in the polls! Nevertheless, they hoped to convince other candidates such as Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to boycott the debates if Trump participates. Eventually, the harebrained plan was rejected, but only after it was leaked to the media. 

This shows once again how the GOP establishment is extremely afraid of Trump. He is so wealthy that he does not need their money. He has established name recognition through decades of business and media activities. If the idiots who run the GOP continue to insult Trump and his supporters they are almost guaranteeing that he will run in the 2016 presidential race as an Independent.   

If that happens, many conservatives will vote for Trump over the GOP nominee if it is someone like Jeb Bush, a Democrat lite. As an Independent, Trump will do better than Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996. He may not win, but he will impact the race. 

It is up to “geniuses” who control the Republican Party, do they just want to keep control of the party or do they actually want to win the general election? 


Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on For more information, email him at [email protected]

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