The Trump voter is a ready customer for what New York Times columnist David Brooks has called “the pornography of pessimism”. He loves it that Trump gives him permission to be “politically incorrect”, to dismiss the powers in Washington as “idiots” and “babies”, and to believe US President Barack Obama is really a Muslim born in Kenya. Trump may have been forced to disavow David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, but this voter has heard the silent dog whistle and sees the disavowal for what it is. In his eyes, the barrage of media criticism and attack ads only strengthen Trump.
So, where to for the Republicans now that a constituency essential to their electoral arithmetic but alien to their sense of political hygiene has anointed a latter-day Caesar as their standard bearer?