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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Andrew Lawton: Trump support more diverse than media admits

...They are not united by a singular race, nor even by an ideology, but rather a belief that politicians have ignored them and Donald Trump won’t.

Though some white nationalists will cast ballots for Trump come November (as some undesirables invariably will for Hillary Clinton) it would be disingenuous to say that these represent the majority. 
I spoke with numerous black attendees who spoke highly of Trump and even endorsed him as the guy to bridge America’s racial divide.

A Hispanic Texas delegate told me he has reservations about Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric, but is supporting him overall based on his positions on other issues.

On the second night of the convention, a group called LGBTrump held an event featuring gay provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, during which a number of speakers—including Dutch MP Geert Wilders—charged that the left is focusing on “distraction” issues like wedding cakes and transgender washrooms while Trump is tackling the real threat to gays—radical Islam.

“Donald Trump is the most pro-gay Republican nominee we have ever had,” event organizer Chris Barron told me.

It would be easy to surmise that those at a Republican convention are hell-bent on supporting any Republican, but conversations outside the convention walls further revealed the breadth of Trump’s appeal.

During a cab ride from Cleveland to my hotel, the driver, a black man who hasn’t voted in 20 years, told me, unprompted, that he’ll be supporting Trump in November.

“He’s different than everyone else,” he said. “Everyone is scared of him getting in because they know he’s going to shake things up.”

Trump not only inspired this man to vote for him, but also to reverse two decades of rejecting the political process—all because Trump is not a part of the much-maligned “establishment,” a group whose definition becomes broader with each passing day...

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