Reality Check: Trump's Win in S.C. Was an Historic Defeat of N…
Why Donald Trump's South Carolina Win Was A Historic Defeat of NeoCons
Posted by Ben Swann on Thursday, February 25, 2016
We are now only a few days away from the March 1st SEC primary which includes Georgia. Donald Trump, once again, is polling in first place. But what Trump did less than a week ago when he won South Carolina was a very significant moment in political history.
This is a Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else.
Trump’s win in the South Carolina primary was a big boost for his campaign. But the meaning of that win might be much deeper for two reasons. First, Trump became the first Republican candidate to win a primary after not only openly and loudly criticizing the war in Iraq, but after repeatedly attacking the last Republican president, George W. Bush.
Just about every talking head in media insisted that Trump was making a huge mistake—that South Carolina is a state full of veterans and no one openly criticizing Bush over the war, and calling the war one based on lies, could win. But Trump did. Not only that, but among veterans, Trump won the day.
When it comes to veterans, he captured the largest group—35 percent of the vote, followed by Marco Rubio, who got a quarter of the vote, and Ted Cruz who got 23 percent.
The other very significant thing about Trump’s win is the South Carolina GOP primary marked the first time that former President George W. Bush has campaigned for anyone in any race since leaving the White House. The former president was campaigning for his brother Jeb Bush, and those campaign stops were, again, ineffective. Not only did Bush finish in 8th place, but his showing was so poor that he suspended his campaign.
What you need to know is that the reason that his criticism of the Iraq war and George W. Bush is not hurting Trump’s campaign is simple—because Trump is right.
And 13 years after the invasion of Iraq, public opinion has changed dramatically. In 2003, 72 percent of Americans supported the war in Iraq. In 2011, 65 percent of Republicans said they thought the war had “succeeded,” whatever that means. But by 2014, only 38 percent did. Two years later, that opinion continues to drop.
And for the first time since the Iraq war began, Trump is the first front runner to criticize the war and the president who waged it and to win. Why is that? Well, the real question: is there anyone out actually believes the Middle East and north Africa are not a disaster? Is there anyone who would argue that the destabilization of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, and host of other countries did not begin with the U.S. led invasion? If there is, those folks are arguing politics, and not history.
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