It seems just a month ago that Senator Ted Cruz was “cruisin for a brusin'” with his opponent the Trumpster in a projected contested GOP convention in Cleveland in July.
In April, the Washington-based Republican establishment was hot to trot to trip up Trump. They were apparently lining up behind Ted Cruz in an effort to stop Trump on the second or third ballots.
Then came the May 3 Indiana primary. Trump crushed Cruz once and for all in that heavily conservative state (53.3% to 36.6%). In fact, that was Cruz’s last stand. He folded like a cheap suit after that ignominious defeat, followed quickly by one-state wonder Kasich.
Prospects of a contested convention vanished, together with any hope that Republican Trump haters would withstand the Trump juggernaut to total victory.
As of today, Trump has unofficially captured the GOP nomination for president.
The Associate Press delegate count has Trump reaching 1238 committed delegates, the magic number being 1237.
Several previously unbound GOP delegates have told AP that they would support Trump at the national convention, the most prominent and most visible being Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard.
Pollard has publicly stated in Trump’s defense that, “I think he has touched a part of our electorate that doesn’t like where our country is,” Pollard said. “I have no problem supporting Mr. Trump.”
In view of Trump’s recent public squabble with New Mexico Republican Governor Susana Martinez for not immediately endorsing him, Pollard’s strong defense is a refreshing change.
Note that Trump has secured the nomination prior to the June 7 Super Tuesday primary contests in the final five final states. About 303 delegates will be up for grabs on that primary night.
Trump’s nomination caps an incredible primary run where he competed against 16 other GOP contenders.
Recall in the early stages of this weird and wacky primary season, Trump publicly called illegal Mexican immigrants “rapists”. He promised to build a wall to keep out illegal Mexican immigrants. Also he called for banning Muslim immigrants to the United States until the government figured out how to protect its citizens and the country from radical Islamic terrorists infiltrating the country.
Yes, these comments were incendiary. And totally politically incorrect. But Trump, a master showman and entertainer, was able to effectively separate himself from the herd of much more politically experienced opponents.
Trump then brilliantly skewered his major opponents by giving them nasty but very appropriate sobriquets, i.e.,
“Lyin Ted” Cruz, “Little Marco” Rubio, and “Weak” Jeb Bush. These devastating nicknames stuck and helped define these very flawed candidates. None of them were able to survive.
Now Trump -- with the GOP establishment slowly unifying behind him due to their shared hostility towards the presumptive Democratic nominee -- has turned his exceptional personal PR guns against “Crooked” Hillary and “Slick Willie” Clinton.
The Clintons have never collectively faced such nasty and over the top public abuse and derision.
Hillary’s campaign is already “toast.”
It is now just a question of how badly Trump will defeat Hillary in November.