Joe Cunningham is a conservative commentator, Front Page Editor at RedState.com, contributor to The Hayride, and a teacher in south Louisiana. You can find him on Twitter at @JoePCunningham and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jcunninghamwrites.
I don’t know how much time you spend online, but being involved with a coupe online conservative websites, and being friends with many activists, you tend to pay attention to the online trends. They can tell you a lot about the true heart of people. After all, on the Internet, you can be anonymous and say what you really feel.
So, when I look at the most vocal of Donald Trump supporters, and I see people using incredibly racial language to advocate a whitening of the American population, I get worried. Of course, in seeing this happen, it also does not surprise me in the least to see that David Duke believes Trump is the best candidate out there right now.
Duke says that of the GOP candidates, Trump is “the best of the lot” on a radio show someone actually let him have (I’m not against free speech, but I am against people making poor choices we all must suffer for). “So although we can’t trust him to do what he says, the other Republican candidates won’t even say what he says,” Duke said. “So he’s certainly the best of the lot. And he’s certainly somebody that we should get behind in terms, ya know, raising the image of this thing.”
That Duke comes out to essentially endorse Trump only leaves me with two questions. The first is this: How did it take so long for us to get something out of Duke about Trump? I would have figured journalists would have been tripping over each other in order to get Duke to speak on the subject.
The second question is more pressing: Are the people Duke appeals to really going to vote? I was speaking with former U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness about this recently. I maintain that the hardcore Trump supporters are exactly like Duke supporters: If the GOP doesn’t nominate Trump, they will take their ball and go home. However, if Trump were not in the race, they wouldn’t be voting in the first place. Only when a candidate that appeals to them for the same reasons Duke appealed to them comes along, then they head out to the polls.
So, I don’t imagine the Duke crowd would vote for Trump any more than I think that 25% of voters who say they support Trump are really going to end up voting at all. There are still 75% of voters who are against Trump, and their candidates would do a much better job in the general election anyway.