Why the Republican Base Hates the GOP Establishment and Loves Donald Trump

Photo by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo by Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 3.0

My father, who still lives back in Southern Indiana, is my proxy for the Republican base. I’ve found him very insightful into their point of view of the years. He came to NYC over the weekend for his first visit since working on a consulting project here in 1978 (quite a shock to his system). After listening to him talk about the Republican Presidential nomination race, I had to record a podcast with him on the topic.

One takeaway I had is that some of Trump’s support may be less people who love him, than people who are delighted that he’s wrecking the current Republican Party. The base, successfully suppressed for so long by the establishment, is delighted to see a guy who has turned the tables on a Republican Party leadership that they themselves have not been able to dislodge.

In this podcast we talk about:

  • The GOP base’s views of the party and Donald Trump
  • What conservatives would worry about if Trump were actually President
  • What the rise of Trump has exposed about the establishment and pundit class
  • Why Trump’s appeal is much more sophisticated than people want to give him credit for

If the audio embed doesn’t display for you, click over to listen on Soundcloud.


from The Urbanophile


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