How does Donald Trump continue to defy gravity?
How does he climb in the polls and expand his base while blasting everyone and everything in his path? He stares down Fox News and disses Megyn Kelly. He insults immigrants and women, war-hero Sen. John McCain, half the GOP candidates, says outrageous things all the time and gets away with it. He’s a peerless and bulletproof demagogue. The success of his raucous act mystifies both the amateur and the professional pundit alike. It’s not that he’s saying things others fear to say. It’s more than that.
Mr. Trump is the quintessential “bad boyfriend.” The typical Trump voter overlooks his bad behavior because it’s that very outrageousness that drew them to him in the first place. His allure is irresistible, his trademark sneer solid gold.
Mr. Trump is bad to the bone. When he blitzes through cable news shows like Rommel through Egypt, jaws drop, social media blows up and supporters go weak in the knees. When he rips the political elites, the disenfranchised cheer him on. They can’t get enough of him. And despite their better natures, and despite their mothers’ best admonitions, those voters remain hopelessly in love with him.
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Ed Miller, Fresno