Since Bush's withdrawal not too long ago, all of his former supporters have flocked to Rubio. For the "establishment" Republicans, Rubio is the poster child.
But I'm not going to be focusing on Rubio right now. What I'm addressing is why Trump is still super popular despite a lot of hate from the establishment.
Not too long ago, I wrote about the concept that Washington Examiner Political Analyst Tim Carney calls "the missing white voter" and how that's contributed to Trump's popularity. I wrote about how Trump supporters see him as a sympathizer and he understands that white Americans are losing their favorability to diversity.
Trump's game is similar to Bernie Sanders' game in that he's appealing to his potential voters' sense of entitlement.
Sanders appeals to millennials--particularly college students, because he promises free college and other government-funded goods. Trump appeals to the sense of entitlement of white people who feel like they're losing to ethnic minorities.
As someone who lives in the DC area, it's not abnormal for me to walk out in public and hear people speaking various languages. I can walk in any public place and find people from all over the world. While I love diversity and seeing different cultures coming to the US, not a lot of people feel the same way.
I've met plenty of white people who said, "How come different ethnicities can have their own little groups in celebrating their culture but if white people rally and celebrate 'white pride,' they're racist/xenophobic." When Trump rails immigrants coming to the country, he's appealing to a lot of American's feelings of "I'm a stranger in my own country."
Trump supporters love the fact that he "speaks his mind" and "tells it like it is." While I do believe that American citizens should be the first priority for the nation, Trump can figure out a way to convey his beliefs without sounding like a bigoted bully.
Let's see what's going to happen after Super Tuesday tomorrow!