I left New York after living there for almost ten years for South Carolina in 1994. At an Episcopal church in Columbia, I cast my vote for Senator Bob Dole in 1996 who won the state easily, but lost to the incumbent President Bill Clinton. South Carolina is a Republican state and one used to bare-knuckles politics. Last night’s brawl didn’t bother them, but Donald Trump’s radical Democrat talking points did.
The “Bush lied and people died,” Daily Kos won’t fly with registered republican voters in South Carolina. Neither will blaming Bush for 9-11. Neither will his glowing words for Planned Parenthood. You can’t win a Republican primary with liberal Democrat taking points in South Carolina.
There is support for Trump out there who in his words “wouldn’t care if he shot someone in the middle of the street,” and they are largely ignoring last night’s gaffe. But the Twitter class is different than the voting class in South Carolina. After church today, and at breakfast and lunch counters and bait shops all week the talk will be about what Trump actually said and not about how he will make American great again.
The Donald suppressed his own vote last night.