Just when you thought he couldn't say anything worse, Donald Trump suggests he could get away with attempted murder
Donald Trump continues to shatter all expectations when it comes to the outrageous. At an event of his, Trump said that he could “shoot somebody, and not lose any voters.” A statement like that would have been inconceivable if said by any other politician during an election year. Yet, it seems there is a sad truth to this bombastic comment. As terrifying as it is to admit, Trump is correct in his statement.
There was a day when someone like Mitt Romney could make a “47 percent” comment, and have it cost him an election. This is no longer the norm. Trump has completely forgone any sense of political safety, because he doesn’t need to be politically correct. While Trump saying he could get away with shooting someone is a drastic statement, he is correct that (if he did shoot someone) he probably wouldn’t lose any voters.
The sad reality, is that Trump has no reason to his campaign. His main core of voters would vote for him no matter what. This is clearly evident. While Trump used a brash way of making his point, it doesn’t mean he isn’t correct. Trump knows exactly what he is doing.
Trump has no real ideology. He is merely riding the wave of despair that has propelled Republican voters for years now. Because of this, Trump plays a good showman, and is able to manipulate these voters into supporting him unconditionally. Trump has already said so many things that would have long damaged any other candidate, and is still on top in the Republican field.
Of course, Trump refused to clarify his comments. Not that he needed to, anyway. Republicans love his authoritarian mystique, and it seems even the Republican establishment is now cowering to Trump. It has become clear that the Republican Primary is Trump’s to lose.
The dynamic of Trump’s voters is amazing. Sure, Trump will have a hard time in a general election, but that’s not really the point. The fact is, a huge number of Republicans cling to a maniacal showman who can and will say the most dangerous things in order to frenzy up voters. If Trump shot someone, his voters would shrug and ask; “Why did they stand in front of the bullet?”