Trump’s South Carolina Victory Signals Rejection of GOP Establishment

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As reported previously at Truth In Media, the continued popularity of Donald Trump appears to support the “repudiation of America’s two-party system.”

Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) all stumped for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) endorsed Jeb Bush, but this didn’t deter voters from giving Trump the win by a huge margin in the First-In-The-South primary.

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Haley’s endorsement of Rubio had minimal influence on South Carolina voters according to polls, and her “angry voices” rebuke of Trump during the State of the Union address did not sway voters away from Trump in the Palmetto state.

The election results in S.C. shows a disconnect between voters and the political class within the state.

For example, there were events in S.C. during a recent debate that shocked the Republican establishment.

Trump openly criticized the Iraq war, and was questioned over and over again about a previous statement he made in 2008 saying that George W. Bush should have been impeached. Trump said that the Bush administration lied about WMDs. He also suggested that 9/11 terrorists were financed by the Saudi government and said that Americans will know the truth about what happened on 9/11.

[RELATED: What the Media Missed When Trump Brought Up ‘Very Secret’ Papers]

Trump’s victory appears to demonstrate that voters in a conservative state are no longer offended by these ideas and many are in agreement with Trump.

The S.C. primary is very significant because it is the first time that George W. Bush campaigned for any candidate since leaving the White House. It seems that Trump is more popular there than the Bush’s foreign policy.

According to a recent MSNBC poll, 52% of voters feel betrayed by the GOP, and S.C. voters have made their statement loud and clear.

John Steinberger, former Republican Charleston County Chairman and current co-chair for the SC Charleston County Trump campaign, shared his thoughts about Trump’s win in a conversation with Truth In Media’s Joshua Cook. “As Mr. Trump has been saying for months now, this is not just a Presidential campaign— it’s a movement. So many ordinary Americans are frustrated by the ruling class from both parties, who are more concerned about the big donors than they are about the American people.”

“Years later, we will look back and realize that this movement made America more prosperous and strong than ever before,” said Steinberger.

Former Ron Paul supporter Robbie Bowen told Cook: “(the) Trump movement is not the liberty movement, but it is part of a larger paradigm shift. Neoconservatism lost in S.C. tonight, along with the co-opted pastors & tea party organizations bought & paid for with SuperPAC dollars.”

Ben Swann said last September that “voters are rejecting the Republican Party and what they believe it stands for” in a Reality Check segment that can be seen below.

Reality Check: Support For ‘Outsider’ Candidates Is A Repudiat…

Follow on twitter: http://bit.ly/1KPEVfB7 in 10 Americans say people in politics cannot be trusted. The same group also calls the political system dysfunctional. Is 2016 set to be an historic election because American voters are finally rejecting the two-party system?Learn more: http://bit.ly/1MEvymK

Posted by Ben Swann on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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