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Cuckservatives: The Trump Belt

Friday, March 11, 2016 6:09
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I present to you the funniest meltdown you will read all day courtesy of Matt Walsh, a cuckservative who lives in Maryland and writes for Glenn Beck’s website The Blaze, who is shocked by Southern populism:

“Donald Trump, the vulgar, adulterating, bullying, mob-connected, scam artist Planned Parenthood apologist who brags about his penis size and calls women dogs and claims he does not need God’s forgiveness, has now won almost the entire Bible Belt.

Let that sink in.

Don’t try to put a positive spin on this. The fact is, with only North Carolina left to vote, an unrepentant philanderer and tyrant who brags of his plan to murder women and children when elected president has now won every state that we’ve previously considered the Bible Belt. He’s won almost the entire south, in fact, defeated only in Texas and Oklahoma.

“But most of the people didn’t vote for Trump!”

Stop it. Trump got 47 percent of the vote in Mississippi. 43 percent in Alabama. Over 40 percent in Louisiana. He won with smaller margins in places like South Carolina and Arkansas, but he still won. Thousands and thousands and thousands of “Christians” chose him. And they chose him over guys like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and even Kasich and Carson, when he was still in.

“A lot of them were open primaries!”

Stop it. Open or not, if Trump wins the nomination, he will have won it with the indispensable support of almost the entire “Evangelical” South.

Do you know how many votes a fraudulent hypocrite who advocates war crimes and supported partial birth abortion should receive in a state that calls itself a member of “the Bible Belt”? Try zero.

You make excuses all you want, but the fact remains that the most un-Christian Republican candidate in American history is now leading in delegates because the vast majority of our “conservative Christian” states chose him. That’s the reality. And it’s a travesty.

Perhaps its time to think up a new moniker for that region of the country. Maybe we can call it the Secular Populist Belt. Or the Reality TV Fans Belt. Or the Christian Culturally But Not Spiritually Belt. I guess that’s all a bit wordy. Maybe we should just call it the Trump Belt. Trump actually has a fashion line that sells belts, and I’m sure it will go bankrupt soon enough, just like Christianity in America is going spiritually bankrupt. See, it all comes together pretty nicely, doesn’t it?

Whatever new name we choose, all I know is that any state that throws it support behind Donald Trump does not deserve to tout its “Biblical” credentials. But I suppose there’s no reason to be surprised here. Many Christians in America have long decided to adjust their faith to fit into their life, rather than the other way around. For many of us, our faith is just a word and a slogan and maybe a few bits of Old Testament trivia clanging around in our heads. This is what we’re seeing play out today. And we ought to be ashamed.
Lord help us.

On another note, God bless Texas.”

Matt Walsh doesn’t know a damn thing about the Deep South. Neither does Ted Cruz or legions of Republican consultants, pundits and donors who believed for decades that White Southerners were voting for conservative orthodoxy on economics and social issues. Populism, not conservatism, is the dominant strain in the Deep South: Huey Long, Tom Watson, George Wallace, Theodore “The Man” Bilbo, The Great White Chief James K. Vardaman, Pitchfork Ben Tillman, etc.

But that wasn’t the biggest story of what we learned from last night. Michigan decisively proved that conservative orthodoxy on economics is why Republicans lose to the Democrats in the Midwest:

“Perhaps the most notable statistic of the night came from Macomb County, ground zero for the “Reagan Democrats” of yore. In the 1980s, these white, working-class voters defected from a Democratic party they felt had abandoned their economic interests with progressive stances on issues such as affirmative action and immigration. Macomb County’s politics have fluctuated in years since, but it remains a bellwether for Michigan and a symbol of the state’s blue-collar electorate. Trump blew away the competition there, taking 48 percent in a four-way contest. On the Democratic side, Clinton took 49 percent and topped Sanders by fewer than 1,400 votes. Trump won 60,492 votes in Macomb County; Clinton won 47,597. Even more telling, GOP turnout in Macomb, which Obama carried twice, was 118,220 on Tuesday night; Democratic turnout was 93,839. This disparity, proportionally speaking, was bigger than the one statewide — and should have Democrats concerned.

The uptick in Republican participation is hardly an isolated occurrence. Trump has driven up turnout in virtually every nominating contest this year, and has consistently over-performed with non–college-educated whites relative to his margins with other groups.

What makes Michigan’s result especially noteworthy is it lends credence to Trump’s promise of putting the industrial Midwest back in play for Republicans. He has performed well from coast-to-coast with working-class whites. But on Tuesday, both Trump and Sanders, proved that a populist, anti-trade message has a unique resonance in the Rust Belt. Trump’s unapologetic advocacy of a new economic nationalism — rejecting free-trade agreements, supporting protectionist tariffs on America’s foreign competitors, and promising to halt the flow of illegal immigrants into the American job market — positions him to win over large, bipartisan swaths of blue-collar workers in the region. (It’s not difficult to envision Trump speaking to the United Auto Workers in Detroit as the nominee.”

Bernie Sanders stunned the pundits and pollsters last night by winning Michigan. Apparently, 30 percent of the blacks who live amid the ruins of post-apocalyptic Detroit are open to the argument that free-trade might have had something to do with creating the Rust Belt. Ohio, Illinois and Missouri vote on that next Tuesday.

As for Ted Cruz, we know he does well in small rural states, heavily White states, caucus and closed primary states, among Mormons and evangelicals and states west of the Mississippi River which haven’t been ravaged by deindustrialization. Give him Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Utah and New Mexico.

Trump should clean up elsewhere.


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