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The Republican Party Made Its Own Bed -- Now It Will Lie in It

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Gun rights must be protected at all costs- more people with guns means a safer America.

We should not discount the use of nuclear weapons to defeat our enemies.

We should arm our allies, Japan and South Korea, with nuclear weapons.

We should just bomb the hell out of ISIS, killing whoever may be in the way. And specifically kill their families too.

Restore torture as a means of getting information from our enemies.

Consider dropping out of NATO if it doesn't serve our purposes.

And my personal favorite -- build a wall that the Mexican government will pay for.

To the white blue-collar worker who needs scapegoats that he can point to, these are exactly the words he wants to hear. There are people who want to bring us down, and they are why I don't have a good job any more. Just yesterday, Trump told out-of-work coal miners that he would bring their jobs back -- and they actually believed him.

What the Research Shows -- Trump Will Not Win

The Center for Politics recently wrapped up a national study on the Trump voter. Here is what they found:

S/he is non-college educated.

S/he is a "nativist," wanting a country in which white Anglo-Saxons are in control and in which immigration is either kept to a minimum or is reserved for other Anglo-Saxons.

S/he wants an authoritarian president who will just get things done by sheer executive power.

S/he wants a liberal economic policy that saves Social Security and punishes companies that take American jobs overseas.

S/he wants socially-conservative laws that "punish" the gay and LGBT communities, ban abortions, and return the nation to its Christian heritage.

Trump understands this voter. And every speech he gives, although woefully missing any substance or detail, is directed to this group. Unfortunately, it's not a winning strategy for November. Establishment Republicans know this, and as Alan Abramowitz, leader of the Center for Politics study, says:

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