A recent New York Times article discussed the 100-day strategy that various Republican leaders have devised in efforts to keep 2016 Presidential candidate Donald Trump away from receiving the GOP nomination. These leaders have also relayed that should Mr. Trump receive the nomination, they plan to “field an independent candidate in the general election.” What the GOP fails to realize, however, is that the more they try to deter Conservatives from voting for Trump, the more appealing they make Trump look.
One of Trump’s greatest strengths in this election is that he is not a politician. His supporters view him as is a refreshing change from a political atmosphere that appears to be plagued with corruption and bribery. Because he is entirely self funded, Trump argues that he cannot be “bought,” unlike many of the other candidates vying for the nomination.
One journalist stated that “while most politicians have a tendency to dodge questions, present diplomatic stances on critical issues and switch camps whenever political winds are changing, Donald Trump is one of the few who stand their grounds regardless of how much heat he gets for his opinions….”
These characteristics are in direct contrast to the former GOP favored candidate, Marco Rubio. Former 2016 hopeful Governor Chris Christie criticized Rubio at one of the GOP debates, claiming “This is what Washington, D.C. does. The drive-by shot at the beginning with incorrect and incomplete information and then the memorized 25- second speech that is exactly what his advisers gave him.”
The more the GOP tries to pressure Conservative voters from voting Trump, the more they are proving Trump’s point that a non-politician should be taking over the Oval Office. The GOP appears to be doing everything in their power to keep Trump away from the election, for example, Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican Nominee Mitt Romney denouncing Donald Trump and his legitimacy as a candidate.
The more the GOP tries sway voters away from Trump, the more they validate the notion that Washington is corrupt and needs no more politicians to facilitate it.
Perhaps it is time for the GOP to take a different approach, similar to that of Florida Governor Rick Scott who declared on Facebook, “I believe it is now time for Republicans to accept and respect the will of the voters and coalesce behind Donald Trump.” Americans will vote for who they want, regardless of what their party affiliation asks of them. If the voters choose Trump, then that is who the GOP establishment should stand behind.