In between lobbing insults at anyone and everyone who crosses him and starting new fashion trends in the high stress world of trucker caps, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump rose to the top of the Republican field and stayed there. What is the secret to his rise and his staying power?
Trump is more aggressive in vocalizing his plans to deal with illegal immigration than anyone has been, maybe ever. And that is scratching people right where they are itching:
A new Rasmussen poll shows most Americans favor a wall on our southern border to stop uncontrolled immigration and that 80% want illegal alien felons deported. What about this do our elites not understand?
The 51% majority in favor of a wall broke down to 70% of Republicans, 57% of independents and a 30% plurality of Democrats. On illegal immigrant felons, 92% of Republicans, 69% of Democrats and 82% of independents want them sent home.
These percentages represent sizable upticks in public support for the rule of law on immigration. Americans are tired of the law being ignored and city, state and federal officials collaborating in the law-breaking.
Now Trump’s rhetoric could be part of the reason those numbers are trending upwards, or it could be that Americans are tired of borders that aren’t secure, illegal immigrants receiving driver’s licenses and sanctuary cities.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% oppose Justice Department action against sanctuary cities. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the federal government should cut off funds to cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree, while 10% are not sure. This marks little change from May 2011 when legislation was unsuccessfully proposed in Congress to stop all federal funding for sanctuary cities.
Republicans and unaffiliated voters are much stronger supporters of both actions than Democrats are.
We are looking at a population of freedom loving (mostly) Americans who want the government to do their jobs and leave them alone. So when Trump goes out there and talks what is really awful economic policy, Main St. Republicans don’t care.
Because Trump says he’s going to triple the number of immigration agents to enforce immigration laws. He says he’s going to stop birthright citizenship. And he does it with the Devil may care attitude that many Americans have towards the federal government that takes and takes and takes, but doesn’t do what they are supposed to do. Trump’s supporters are speaking to the establishment vicariously through him.
Can he do all that? Should he do all that? Who cares?! Look at him go!
Meanwhile, the establishment sits perplexed, wondering how they can deal with a monster of their own creation.
Their willingness to ignore the law for political gain and advocation of policy in opposition to what the voters wanted created the environment for Trump do what he’s doing. It’s also created an environment where local action is likely to succeed.
For example, in 2008, a local CBS poll in San Francisco found 79 percent of respondents felt that the city should abandon it’s sanctuary city policies and “turn over convicted illegal immigrants for deportation.”
Again, that’s in San Francisco, not exactly a central hub for Donald Trump supporters. Why then, couldn’t a ballot initiative be passed giving the citizens the opportunity to tell the government what they must do, rather than the government telling the citizens what they aren’t going to do? Why do people sit back, when they are in the clear majority, and let a government do exactly the opposite of what they want?
Perhaps it’s time for Americans to stop waiting for someone to do something and instead, do something.
We can help.