Monday, July 20, 2015

Trump Has Tapped Into The GOP Base's "Anger" Voters

(This cartoon is by Milt Priggee at

It has been a while since the major media has talked much about the teabagger element of the Republican Party -- but they have not gone away. They are still there and they make up a significant part of the Republican base -- and they are still angry.

They are angry that this nation has elected (and re-elected) a Black president. They are angry that immigrants (the non-white immigrants) come to this country and work hard at menial jobs to make a better life for their families. They are angry that by the middle of this century Whites will be a minority in this country. They are angry that minorities, women, and the LGBT community are fighting for (and starting to achieve) equal rights. And they are angry that the government uses a small portion of taxes to help the poverty-stricken and disadvantaged to have a better life.

These are mostly White people -- and what they are most angry about is the fact that the inherent privilege they enjoyed as Whites is beginning to disappear. They have no solutions for their perceived problems -- just an overwhelming anger, and they vote that anger (even when it is truly not in their best economic interests).

Many were surprised when Donald Trump entered the Republican race for the nomination, and began to climb up in the polls after expressing some rather hateful views, but we shouldn't have been. What he did was to tap into the lingering anger of the teabagger base of the Republican Party. He has given their anger a voice and a face -- and he has given them hope that maybe they could return to an America where White men ruled the roost (and didn't have to share rights and economic opportunity with others).

The America they dream about is gone forever, but that just increases their anger. And we can be sure they will express that anger in the coming Republican primaries. Will they be able to elect a candidate who expresses their anger -- or at least push the GOP winner so far to the right that he will be hurt in the general election? That is the current fear of GOP leaders, and it is a definite possibility. They are afraid because they know that this anger does not represent the huge majority of voters who will show up for the general election in November of 2016.

And now they are faced with an even greater fear -- that Trump, after failing to win the nomination, will bolt from the party and run as an independent, taking many of these anger voters with him. They have a right to be afraid. Trump, and these anger voters, pose a problem for them -- a big problem.


  1. Of course, those angry voters are also a necessary part of the Republican Party's coalition. If they simply didn't vote, the Republican Party would long ago have become a regional party, at best. I was interested in the book Red State Blue State Rich State Poor State, that the only place that poor people voted Republican was the strip down the middle of America from North Dakota to Texas -- plus Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. So there isn't a lot of real support in American for the Republicans. And as conservative policy makes more and more poor people, it will only get worse.

  2. Trump running as an independent, what a novel idea! That would be splendid, run Donald run!

  3. He has. The other Tea Party candidates are scram,bling.

    It's genius, actually, even if it wasn't done on purpose. The Tea party has a lot of influence in the GOP because they show up disproportionately for the primaries. Even a relatively small number of people can influence a primary.

    By having 150 candidates for President, it splits and waters down the Tea Party vote and leaves things open for a Bush. With Trump in, none of the attention is on anyone else, guaranteeing no real Tea Party candidate can monopolize the attention.

    And the internet anti-PC conservatives love him.

    And if the party is rude to him, he'll run independent, as you say.


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