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Could Trumpocrats Be an Election Game Changer?

Did you know there is a PAC (Political Action Committee) called Trumpocrats?  Christian Rickers, a life-long Democrat, started the Super PAC hoping to rekindle the same phenomenon that swept Ronald Reagan into office. Back then they were called Reagan Democrats.

Breitbart News explains why Rickers’ is leading this charge writing, “…Trump’s ardent opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that Clinton supported publicly more than 40 times but now claims she opposes. He points back to Bill Clinton’s backing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) from his time as president, and Rickers says Democrats everywhere should be terrified of how much further Hillary Clinton would go if she’s elected president.” — Brietbart.com

He goes on to explain his hometown had fifteen manufacturing plants, and now they have one, and he blames NAFTA.

Rickers’ continued, “Nobody does anything there anymore, and that’s the same thing happening in a lot of small towns across the country. The Clintons are really the cause of this, the cause of manufacturing going overseas with NAFTA and the trade deals and all of that. Donald Trump, he says a lot of crazy sh*t, but the one thing that he does say, that he really does want to do something about that and that he wants to protect our people with better trade policies and new trade policies.” — ibid.

Rickers is not alone.  I know two life-long Democrats who are casting their lot for Trump.

After I read this article about Trumpocrats, I decided to call up one of my friends to ask him why he is voting for Trump.  He explained,

“I knew Hillary was going to get the nomination.  The Democrat establishment called it for her back in 2008.  I liked Bill,” he said, “but I was never a fan of hers.  She acts like she is better than everyone else, looking down on people.”

But the real reason my friend is not going to vote for Hillary, that which sticks in his crawl and gnaws at him, is the recent email scandal.

He said, “If it had been anyone else other than Hillary, they would have been indicted, arrested, tried and convicted.  It just makes me sick.”

When I asked him about the Democrats, who claim they stand for the working class he responded, “Maybe twenty years ago, but not now.  Trump, though wealthy, works with the working class every day.  I sat in front of my computer and watched video after video of black women who work for Trump and love him.  Families, who were flown across the country by Donald Trump to get medical treatment when no one else would help.  Raising money for Wound Warriors giving one million dollars of his own money.”

I asked him if he had heard about Trumpocrats and he said no, “but sign me up.”

FoxNews interviewed another Trumpocrat, David Saunders.  When asked why he was supporting Trump he responded,

“I believe in the two founding principles of Jacksonian Democracy, social justice, and economic fairness. Right now, I think that the Democratic Party—my great party—has got away from some of this.”

During the interview, Saunders stated the same thing as my friend, explaining Democrats “used to stand for working people.”  A common reason for many who are switching to Trump.

“Hillary Clinton’s record—NAFTA, SHAFTA, favored nation status for China, Glass-Steagall, I mean we could go on and on and on—she’s not been a friend of rural America and rural America knows that and it’s shining in the primaries and caucuses. It’s a huge ABC feeling out here, Anybody But Clinton” Saunders said.

“These forgotten Democrats all across America haven’t voted for a Republican en masse since Ronald Reagan was the GOP nominee, when he won two landslide elections in 1980 and 1984, and Rickers says they don’t want to become part of the Republican Party—and certainly won’t start donating to the Republican National Committee (RNC). But he does expect that by the thousands they will get involved in the political process in places like Western and Central Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Virginia, among other places, in an effort to elect Donald Trump. And his PAC is going to provide a place for them to do it. He’s already seeing Democrats—activists on the local level, and city councilmen and even mayors and more local officials—breaking for Trump and expects more as Clinton’s corruption, especially with the Clinton Foundation, continues to be exposed.” — ibid.

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Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the former Director of the Apologetics Group and President of Nicene Council. He was the senior writer/researcher for numerous documentaries including the best-selling Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. In the 1990s he served as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Hillsborough County Florida. He currently holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a M. Phil. in Christian Apologetics. He lives with his wife of nearly 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

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