Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The FBI's Decision Could Help Trump

Though he speaks to a working class constituency Donald Trump is hardly one of them. He is not a member of the monied elite eitherm despite his having money. On top of that he has a problem with the Republican traditionalists who are appalled by his brsh, loudmouthed ways and are reluctant to unify behind Trump's presidential candidacy.

The divide in the party, very similar on outward appearance to divied in Britain where both Labour and Conservative Members of Parliament are totally out of touch with their core supporters. The same is happening all over europe where the gap between the political establishment and citizens has never been wider.

The problem of the Republicans and their democratically chosen but not yet confirmed candidate seemingly climaxed late in the primary season when Trump had a virtually unassailable lead over his rivals, yet the GOP establishment tried in a clumsy and desperate effort to broker a deal between Cruz and Kasich in order to stop the Trump bandwagon. Obviously that effort failed miserably.

Senior Republican figures such as Paul Ryan have at last given their support to Trump's candidacy while we in new media (mostly solo acts unlike the corporate owned news channels) have been obsessing over Hillary Clinton's e-mails travails. Despite protestations to the contrary nobody was surprised by the FBI / DoJ decision not to charge Hillary with the crimes she obviously committed, disgusted but after we have reported on the lawlessness and authoritarianism of the Obama administration for seven and a half years, not surprised.

The fix to keep Killary our of jail might,however, undo all the difficulty that the Trump campaign has had unifying the party. The FBI's cave - in or cop out decision not to recommend charges be brought against Crooked Hillary could unite the Republicans into an unmoveable phalanx determined to stop her advancing to The White House.

Upon learning of the news that the FBI wasn't recommending charges, Trump made a point that it was going to continue to be a topic of discussion, even if as Bloomberg notes, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said "we're moving on." Paul Ryan followed suit, saying that FBI director Jim Comey would be called to hearings on the matter, as well as making it known that "no one should be above the law."

Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman said "Running against Clinton is good on a lot of fronts. She is the epitome of the establishment and what people see as what's wrong with the country, and what they want changed. From the standpoint of our party, no one wants a third Obama term and that's what the country sees her as."

Trump will hope to build on the momentum in an upcoming speech that will unveil changes to his tax plan, and also could announce his running mate next week. As former Senator Scott Brown, a surrogate for Trump points out, "The unifying person of the party may not be Donald Trump, but Hillary. While many people may not like him, they are going to vote for him, because they don't like or trust her."

As a reminder, Trump surged ahead of Clinton in the latest Rasmussen poll, a signal that Trump's push on an "us vs the elites" type of mentality appears to be working already as well.


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