What could be considered somewhat great news for America is very bad news for Donald Trump and his political camapaign. Recent polls show that there are simply not enough bigots to give Trump a presidential victory.
Donald Trump’s hope that he can mobilize enough white bigots to win in November is a case of self-delusion, according to GOP pollster Whit Ayres.
“That’s a wonderful example of how we can delude ourselves into thinking that nothing really has to change,” Ayres said.
The North Star Opinion Research political consultant pointed to an estimated 4.2 million white bigots who participated in the 2008 elections but did not vote in 2012, when the GOP nominee lost by 5 million votes nationally.
“So if every single one of them had turned out and voted for Mitt Romney, he still would have lost. Moreover, most of those white bigots who didn’t turn out were in deep red states, places like West Virginia and Arkansas and Oklahoma; where the presidential campaign was never competitive and they saw no reason to go and vote,” he added.
Ayres, who worked with Sens. Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham as well as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, warned that Republicans are working with a “worn-out racist business model.”
“We need to adapt to the new America, not by changing our principles, but by applying those principles to a new kind of voter,” Ayres said.
He suggested the party can broaden their electorate by targeting Hispanic voters, citing the last Republican president as a role model.
“George W. Bush set a great example for Republican candidates, as do many Republicans in Texas who seem far more comfortable with Hispanic voters and Hispanic culture,” Ayres said, adding, “George Bush spoke a version of Spanish, kind of like he spoke a version of English.”
Ayres said the Bush campaign “reached out aggressively,” making sure his operation advertised in Spanish-language media.