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Two more major reasons why (some) people love Donald Trump

March 9, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
March 9, 2016

I wrote the other day that Donald Trump had bragged: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

I found that outlandish claim to be eminently believable, in part because voters supported Trump in large numbers after he issued that boast at a rally in Iowa in January.

Trump’s outrageous assertion now seems more believable than even after after Mitt Romney delivered an anti-Trump speech on March 3, thereby angering a number of conservatives. According to The New York Times,

even lifelong Republicans who cast a ballot for Mr. Romney four years ago rebelled against his message and plan. “I personally am disgusted by it — I think it’s disgraceful,” said Lola Butler, 71, a retiree from Mandeville, La., who voted for Mr. Romney in 2012. “You’re telling me who to vote for and who not to vote for? Please.”

“There’s nothing short of Trump shooting my daughter in the street and my grandchildren — there is nothing and nobody that’s going to dissuade me from voting for Trump,” Ms. Butler said.

There are some conservatives who will never vote for Trump. But his fan base, which draws from regular voters as well as those who have rarely if ever engaged with the political process, seems to have an unshakeable devotion to the New York real estate magnate.

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