By Andrew Bolt ~
Unbelievable. Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for U.S. President — something nobody but voters wanted.
Trump sealed that deal yesterday when he smashed Ted Cruz in the Indiana primary.
His victory is an astonishing revolt against the political and media class, and even against his own party. It’s a warning of how despised the elite and its pieties are becoming.
The media savaged the boastful property tycoon from the start, and almost no serious political figure endorsed him until recently. The Republican elite tried to back almost anyone but the man who was until not that long ago a Democrat sympathiser.
At every step Trump was written off. When he insisted he’d build a great wall to stop illegal immigrants coming in — and make Mexico pay — he was mocked as a foreign policy disaster.
When he said illegal immigrants from Mexico included many who were “rapists” and “bringing drugs” he was vilified as a racist.
When he attacked Fox News host Megyn Kelly for questioning his abuse of some women as “fat pigs” and “disgusting animals” the media warned he’d lost half the population.
Yet he’s won because of one cunning trick — he kept winning primaries. He kept winning the votes of people, most not well off.
Those wins kept surprising the pundits, and recent polls suggest one reason why.
It seems many people have a regard for Trump that they don’t dare admit to pollsters for fear of the very elites Trump attacks.
Trump is the ultimate political outsider and populist, and has a critical virtue that much of the media deems shameful.
He is a patriot and immigration sceptic who says his own country should come first.
“We’re going to make America great again,” he repeated yesterday — and he claims to have the toughness to deliver.
His ferocious attacks on rivals help prove it. He dismissed Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted” and now calls the Democrats’ Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary”.
A man prepared to fight that hard must seem to many voters like one who’d fight equally hard for America. More Americans might now get that.
See how he’s shrunk Clinton’s poll lead?
Ohio Governor John Kasich has dropped out of the presidential race after struggling to gain traction against Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.