Here’s what Pat Buchanan seems to be saying. We have to accept Trump as the GOP nominee or at least implement Trump’s policies or face revolution. Like real real revolution.
If, through rules changes, subterfuge and faithless delegates, party elites swindle him out of the nomination, do they think that the millions who came out to vote for Trump will go home and say: We lost it fair and square?
Do they think they can then go back to open borders, amnesty, a path to citizenship, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and nation building?
Whatever happens to Trump, the country has spoken. And if the establishment refuses to heed its voice, and returns to the policies the people have repudiated, it should take heed of John F. Kennedy’s warning:
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”
Here’s the thing. I don’t think Trump’s getting the nomination. I just don’t think he’s going to get the delegates required so it’ll go to a second round. And there’s no way he gets it after that. Just no way. The party hates him too much. I think they also hate Ted Cruz too much to give it to him but they might feel they need to give it to someone who ran so he might be seen as the lesser of two evils. So in the end, I don’t think Trump gets it. (Unless he wins tonight and then all bets are off.)
So now we’re talking about implementing Trump’s policies OR ELSE, according to Buchanan. Well, what are they? Trump’s been all over the map on issues. You see, I don’t think the main attraction of Trump’s candidacy has been his policies. I think one of the big attractions of Trump is Trump. I think it’s his brash no-holds-barred style that people are liking. Sure, they want the border secure but so does Ted Cruz. I don’t see much difference between the two on that front.
But trade deficits? No. There’s not going to be a revolution over trade deficits.
And a bit more likely than a revolution is the forming of a third party. If the GOP gives us a Jed Bush type, the party might as well pack it in because thirty percent of the party will be heading for the exits.
There may very well be a revolution coming in this country. But I don’t think it’ll be over Trump. Or his policies whatever they are.