After what I saw yesterday, I don’t even care about the election anymore.
It was always going to end this way: either Trump would win the election, or failing that he would destroy the GOP. Either way, it is a good outcome. I did not anticipate an establishment an October establishment coup d’état scenario.
Reminder that this was the favorability of GOP leadership among Republicans as of last weekend pic.twitter.com/3BKpkorqKJ
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) October 9, 2016
Trump’s base are not regular, church-going, suburban Republicans. Of all Republican voters, hardcore Trump supporters are the most weakly attached to “conservatism” and the Republican Party. Many of them didn’t show up for Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. Many of them were already faced with the choice of voting for someone on their ballot who they strongly disliked like John McCain or Paul Ryan.
The coup scenario that we saw yesterday didn’t occur to me because I couldn’t imagine the GOP establishment being bold enough to insult and antagonize Trump’s base in such a provocative and unprecedented way. Even if Trump were to lose the election, it would have likely been a narrow loss and it would have been in their self interest not to antagonize Trump’s supporters in order to depress turnout in downballot races.
What is Trump himself thinking after Reince forced him to sign that loyalty pledge and endorse the likes of Kelly Ayotte, Paul Ryan and John McCain before their primaries? What is Trump going to say about the Republican Party when he goes on stage tonight? What are Trump’s supporters thinking about the downballot races after what they saw yesterday? How did that establishment coup d’état go over with Trump’s crowds?
I hope Trump goes on stage tonight and destroys the Republican Party and Conservatism, Inc. once and for all. He should tell his supporters NOT TO VOTE for #NeverTrump turncoats. He should explicitly lead his followers out of “conservatism.” He has the pull with the White working class to turn them against the GOP. The GOP is face down and dead in the water without the support of White working class voters.
Yesterday evening, Guiliani referred to Trump as “the populist candidate” and indicated that Trump was about to declare war on the likes of Mitt Romney and Conservatism, Inc. I’ve never heard any of Trump’s surrogates call him a “populist” before. I hope we are going to see more of that tonight and at his rallies in the weeks ahead.