Heading Into The General Election Trump Is Merging Conservative Bigotry With Liberal Idealism

In what may turn out to be one off the all time shrewdest political strategies, Trump may have figured out how to simultaneously tap into humankind’s two conflicting impulses — self-serving evil and outwardly serving goodness.

Now that he is pointing toward the general election, having vanquished the GOP powers to be, he is adding to his xenophobia and universal attacking of the “other” (that which is so appealing to conservative bigots) a strain of liberal idealism of a kind that is dear to the heart of Bernie Sanders — protect social security and medicate, raise the wages of base workers, tax the rich and stay out of dumb wars. In other words Trump is merging Republican self-interest with liberal collective goodness — the worst possibly workable Republican nightmare ever.

It is the sort of bizarre balance that could once again upset the applecart of prediction and permanently kill off Republican ideology. With this strategy all but the purest of ideologues might see something in the Donald that they like, although it’s still impossibly difficult to see how Mr. Trump can possibly have much appeal to women and minorities. Against an unpopular Hillary, however, this blurring of mixed messages just might carry the day. Street after street Trump continues to run through political stop signs to what ultimate end remains a mystery.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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