The political elite and mainstream media have spent the last year purporting to be baffled by Donald Trump’s continued popularity. They spend their time desperately trying to explain it away; and what they can’t explain, they mock. Trump supporters (alternately known as “Trumpets” or “Trumpsters”) must be knuckle-dragging rednecks in order to back a brash loud-mouthed man with funny hair – right?

But despite the constant name-calling, the elite are getting worried. No matter how much bad publicity he gets, no matter how much sky-writing takes place, no matter how many names they call his supporters, Trump’s popularity continues to rise. And rise. And rise. Criminey, what’s going on?

What’s going on is the American people are fed up with lying politicians and activist judges. These are the people in their ivory towers who spend their lives creating laws, rules and regulations to make the existence of ordinary people miserable. After all, we peasants are the ones who actually have to deal with the policies initiated by judges and bureaucrats.

We’re fed up with Washington infringing on our rights. We’re fed up to the teeth with unconstitutional rules and regulations, with floods of illegal aliens and foreign terrorists, with taxation up the wazoo.

It’s no wonder people are flocking to the first person who unabashedly calls a spade a spade, a diktat a diktat, a rapist a rapist, an illegal an illegal, a terrorist a terrorist, a border porous. When we have a candidate who bluntly states his opinion about the atrocities happening in Europe without attempting to dress it up in fine linen, is it any surprise Americans are flocking behind him?

Yet Washington and the media continue to be shocked and surprised at Trump’s popularity. They issue the predictable insults: “Trumpets” are ignorant rubes who clearly don’t have the intelligence or education to recognize a shyster when they see one.

To which I must respond, do you have any better solutions? Do you honestly think any of the established politicians – Democrat or Republican – can do a better job? Do you honestly trust Hillary more than you do Trump? Well actually, they probably do. But that’s only because their idea of a “better job” differs from that held by the peasants … er … citizens out here in Real America.

Polls that show the rocketing success of Trump (and to a lesser extent, Carson and Fiorina) don’t necessarily reflect approval for these candidates; these polls illustrate the rising hatred for the establishment. What the Washington elite cannot and will not grasp is this fundamental truth: People are sick and tired of politics as usual. The silent majority – those ignorant peasants living in the muck and mire – are getting a lot less silent because they’re listening to examples of leadership and saying, “Hey, I like that.”

Citizens are abandoning the Republican Party in droves, largely because they finally understand it’s no different than the Democratic Party. Trump appears to stand alone, independent of the typical rhetoric spouted by both sides of the political spectrum.

A few weeks ago, Laura Ingraham said on her radio show: “This is really not about Trump. This is about the Republican establishment failing most of those middle-income workers who put all their hopes in the Republican Party. If they cleaned up their own house over at the GOP, Trump probably wouldn’t be as big as he is now, or might not even be a factor at all.”

Wayne Allyn Root summed it up in a powerful essay, worth reading in full:

[T]he powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. I’ve never seen them this outraged, this vicious, this motivated or this coordinated. Never in all my years in politics have I seen anything like the way the mad dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump. … The over-the-top reaction to Trump by politicians of both parties, the media and the biggest corporations of America has been so swift and insanely angry that it suggests they are all threatened and frightened like never before.

Why? … He could actually win and upset their nice cozy apple cart.

These run-of-the-mill establishment politicians are all puppets owned by big money. But there’s one man – and only one man – who isn’t beholden to anyone. There’s one man who doesn’t need foreigners, or foreign governments, or George Soros, or the United Auto Workers, or the teachers union, or the Service Employees International Union, or the bar association to fund his campaign.

Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn’t need anyone’s help. That means he doesn’t care what the media says. He doesn’t care what the corporate elites think. That makes him very dangerous to the entrenched interests. That makes Trump a huge threat. Trump can ruin everything for the bribed politicians and their spoiled slave masters.

Trump doesn’t play by any of [the] rules. Trump breaks up this nice, cozy relationship between big government, big media and big business. All the rules are out the window if Trump wins the presidency. The other politicians will protect Obama and his aides – but not Trump. [emphasis added]

The establishment politicians are failing to take into account one very very critical factor: how angry the average American is. Beyond angry: furious. For better or worse, Trump is tapping into that anger and promising solutions, not the same ol’ same ol’ stuff we’ve gotten for decades or generations.

I have no idea if Trump is the answer to any of the concerns American voters have; but one thing is certain: People are willing to grasp at anyone they feel will break from “business as usual” in Washington. Republicans won the past two elections in spades because people were sick of progressives; and what happened? Almost to a person these politicians betrayed us. And people wonder why Trump is soaring in the polls?

If our elected officials actually listened to the American citizens – if they actually descended from their ivory towers once in a while and joined the peasants in the muck and mud of unconstitutional laws and onerous regulations they created – then maybe voters wouldn’t be so furious. But they don’t. They continue to live apart and issue executive orders and invite terrorists to live among us – and then wonder why Trump’s star is rising.

Ironically, despite Trump’s vast popularity, I still think it highly likely we will see Hillary as our next president.

Why? I’ll leave that up to you to speculate.

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