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Why Trump Keeps Winning

Jorge Ramos compares Donald Trump to Fidel Castro. The View believes Carly Fiorina looks “demented.” President Obama is about to open the jail cells of over 6,000 federal criminals. And then there was that CNBC debate. A more vivid collective portrait of the state of the American Left would be hard to find.

Monmouth University has yet another new poll released this week. This one right here. The Monmouth message is captured in the very first sentence: “Donald Trump maintains his sizable lead in the New Hampshire Republican primary….”

The numbers are plain: Trump 26%, Dr. Ben Carson 16%, with the rest of the field trailing, the news headlining the rise of Marco Rubio. to 13% from 8%.

Then there’s this new Investor’s Business Daily’s IBD/TIPP poll,  which also has Trump in the lead 28% to 23% for Carson with Rubio. now in third place. Jeb Bush has dropped two points — to 6%.

Meanwhile the Real Clear Politics average of major polls has Trump in the lead. And down there in Florida Politico is reporting yet another poll that has Trump at 27% and Floridian Bush at 12% with Rubio at 16%.

In spite of the flurry over those Iowa polls that have Carson in front for the first time, these mostly later polls have quickly reinforced the inconvenient truth for Establishment Republicans — that Donald Trump continues to lead nationally and in New Hampshire and elsewhere. But why?

Look no further than Ted Cruz’s . now famous response to the now infamous CNBC debate moderators. Said the Senator:

Let me say something at the outset. The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not a cage match. And, you look at the questions — Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over here? Sen. Marco Rubio why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?

The audience erupted in applause.

Now take in this story over in Politico. The headline on this story about Jorge Ramos, the Univision “journalist” who is really an advocate for illegal immigration, blares — really — this:

Univision’s Jorge Ramos draws parallel between Trump and Castro

This jewel of a story says in part:

Before Donald Trump, the only public figure to have a bodyguard stop Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from asking a question was Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, the journalist recounted in an interview published Monday.

That’s right. Jorge Ramos actually thinks there is a similarity between Donald Trump and the infamous dictator of Cuba. Why? Because Trump had the nerve to momentarily toss Ramos from that press conference a while back when Ramos tried to hijack it and make it a display of his pro-illegal immigration views.

Then there’s the LLOTV — that would be the Liberal Ladies of The View. The very show that made a point of attacking Donald Trump when he commented on Fiorina’s appearance suddenly turns on a dime and launches on Fiorina as having a face during the debates that looked “demented.” And then Whoopi Goldberg indignantly defends the show when criticized.

In short, what we have here — not to wax John Edwardsesque — are “two Americas.” In one America Donald Trump is seen as a superstar entrepreneur, in the other, liberal version of America Donald Trump is akin to Fidel Castro. The same Fidel Castro who, according to 1999’s The Black Book of Communism, ran a country where “From 1959 through the late 1990’s more than 100,000 Cubans experienced life in one of the camps, prisons, or open-regime sites. Between 15,000 and 17,000 people were shot.”

Sounds just like life in Trump Tower or any Trump resort, hotel or country club, doesn’t it? Right.

This is truly bizarre stuff — and it is a mark of just how far the “far left” has become in that second America that such nonsense is routinely floated out there. Trump is not only like Castro, Fiorina looks “demented” — as in a person who has dementia. Dementia defined as: “a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.” One can agree or disagree with Fiorina — but saying she is mentally disturbed with a brain disease? Please.

One could fill the Internet with examples of this kind of thought that passes for everyday reasoning in leftist precincts. Give Iran the ability to get a nuclear bomb? No problem! President Obama will release over 6,000 criminals into the general population! What a GREAT idea! Open U.S. borders to as many illegals as can make the trek across or under? Swell!

Taken together all of this kind of thinking has left millions of Americans agog in disbelief. 

Which doubtless has something — more than something — to do with those repeated polls that continue to show Donald Trump leading the GOP pack of presidential candidates. Trump — and yes Ben Carson as well, along with Fiorina and Ted Cruz — have no hesitation in speaking out against this kind of bizarreness that typifies the modern American Left. Cruz brought the CNBC debate moderators to a momentary stunned silence when he had the audacity to not only call them out for their wildly off-track conduct but compared the Democratic debate to merely a debate between “the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks.” 

Or in other words- what is really going on here is a debate about whether the country should move further left — or further and further left still? To a society, a second America, where a Trump is compared to a murderous dictator, a conservative woman must be mentally ill and a CNBC debate populated by hard core GOP opponents disguised as “moderators” — where Trump is compared derisively to a comic book character — is seen as so unexceptional the bosses of NBC never give the idea of a massive, embarrassing backfire a second thought.

Now here come the latest polls. With Trump back on top, with the exception of one new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, which has Carson on top — and Trump right behind.  All of which, in a rational world, would have the various members of the GOP Establishment stopping to think that maybe… just maybe… large numbers of the American people look at the GOP Establishment itself and see a stubborn unwillingness to have the spine to fight all of this nonsense. 

Not seeing it — these Americans are looking elsewhere. As well they should.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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