Donald Trump, unless something radical changes, is going to be the Republican candidate for president. But one question has left people still scratching their heads: how did we get here? How are we in a world where Donald Trump has enthralled so many people within the GOP?
Self-proclaimed political doctors have been diagnosing the GOP’s Trump virus for months. New York Times opinion columnist Steven Rattner is one such example. He correctly asserts that it was Republican legislators who “created the anger” responsible for Trump’s rise, but his analysis is correct only insofar as this claim.
Rattner claims that the GOP caused Trumpmania by opposing Obama’s economic policies. That’s right; according to him, Trump supporters are angry with Republican lawmakers for “preventing passage of legislation that might have ameliorated” their “tough economic state.”
Rattner fails to mention a major contributing factor to the exportation of jobs: Obama tax rates. His tax policy has been responsible for pushing enormous wealth out of our economy and into others. Nearly all Republicans are unified in their opposition of this type of policy because it causes the loss of so many jobs.
Or, at least, Rattner fails to mention it directly. He writes later of The American Jobs Act’s plan to be “fully paid for by higher taxes on rich Americans and some corporations.” Again, Republicans are largely in agreement against this kind of economic policy.
To be clear, Trump supporters are not mad at Republicans for resisting the President too much. They are mad because they haven’t resisted him enough. These voters are tired of politicians representing them who are only interested in keeping their jobs. They are tired of seeing bold conservatives like Ted Cruz bashed by others in his own party for standing up to Washington and for standing for the promises he made to his constituents.
Whether you consider Trump a problem or a solution, his rise isn’t the result of the Republican resistance to President Obama’s ideology. It is the result of too many conservative career politicians just playing politics. No wonder GOP voters are fed up with the Establishment. Just look at some of the rhetoric coming out of them.