James Kirkpatrick - VDare: Donald Trump, Sam Francis And The Emergence Of The Alternative ('Dissident') Right - "Limbaugh argued ordinary conservative voters aren’t 'wonks' who are 'dyed-in-the-wool conservative theoreticians' ... they’re attracted to someone willing to actually confront and defeat the Left, after years of what voters see as continuous retreat in Washington DC."
It was nothing less than historic when talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh respectfully quoted Sam Francis on January 20, saying he was “undeservedly smeared” as a white supremacist. Limbaugh claimed “populism” and “nationalism” have overcome “conservatism” in terms of popularity and that Donald Trump is building a new kind of coalition on the American Right [Nationalism Trumps Conservatism Says Limbaugh, WND, January 20, 2016]
Perhaps most importantly, Limbaugh specifically identified the refusal of the GOP to do anything about Open Borders as the catalyst for voters’ anger. [Understanding Trump’s appeal, Rush Limbaugh, January 20, 2016]
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Trump’s ... success confirms a more general point: Republican voters don’t vote for the GOP because of goofy rhetoric about enterprise zones and Social Security reform, but despite it.