Byron York: Establishment reeling after New Hampshire

Although news junkies have already seen this piece by Byron York at the Washington Examiner in the wake of the NH blowout by Donald Trump, I’m posting it simply because I was sick of seeing that smug John Sununu on Fox so often in the lead-up to the primary in his home state.

Thank goodness the ruling class is crumbling!

Here is York (Former Governor Sununu knew only one person who was voting for Trump!).

Why? because the establishment is insulated from the people!

Now, with Trump’s smashing victory in the New Hampshire primary, we know the answer [NH GOP leaders were out of touch, or there weren’t many Trump voters.—ed] There really were a lot of Trump voters out there, and party officials could not, or did not want, to see them.


According to exit polls, Trump won among men, and he won among women. He won all age groups. All income groups. Urban, suburban, rural. Every issue group. Gun owners and non-gun owners. Voters who call themselves very conservative and those who call themselves moderates.

In short, Trump won everybody.


During that state GOP meeting a couple of weeks ago, I asked former Gov. John Sununu, a man with a lifetime of knowledge about New Hampshire politics, if he knew any Trump supporters. Sununu pondered the question for a minute and said he thought a man who lived down the street from him might be for Trump.


Immediately after the story was published, I got an email from a real estate executive and former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives named Lou Gargiulo, who happens to live down the street from Sununu. “I’m the guy!” Gargiulo told me. “Not only do I support Mr. Trump, I am the Rockingham County chairman of his campaign. The governor would be shocked to know that many of his other neighbors are Trump supporters as well.”

Gargiulo to York via e-mail after the vote:

“I think like most establishment Republicans, they thought if they kept promoting the narrative that Trump was a passing fancy and he would collapse, it would happen,” Gargiulo told me. “But this phenomena is the result of 25+ years of failed promises and lackluster leadership over multiple administrations from both parties. People have had it, and those in power don’t want to accept the reality they can no longer maintain the status quo.”

Read more here.

P.S. to Cruz supporters, I suspect Sununu didn’t know any of you either.

66% of New Hampshire Republican voters support ban on Muslims entering US

You may see this news in passing on the big win by Trump in New Hampshire last night, but you can bet it won’t be leading the news anywhere.

I predict a similar response by voters in South Carolina.


Donald Trump and family at victory party in Manchester last night.


From Breitbart:

According to the New Hampshire exit polls, a full 66% of Republican voters back a “ban on Muslims from entering the U.S.” This obviously is good news for Donald Trump, who proposed a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the country until our government is in a better position to avoid another Sacramento terror attack. The female jihadist who committed that terror attack was here on a fiancée visa.

By all accounts, Trump made this proposal based only on his instincts, not any kind of focus group polling. Every other candidate in the Republican primary disagreed with the proposal, many outright condemned it as bigotry.

More here.

Refugees sour voters!

The UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program has been very controversial in New Hampshire (see dozens of posts on overloaded Manchester, here at RRW).

Trump Pegida
Trump is right says banner in the midst of German demonstration against the Islamification of Europe.

Likewise, South Carolina citizens have been agitated since March with the news that the state will be stepping-up resettlement of refugees there and that both Senator Lindsey (bring in the Syrians) Graham and Governor Nikki Haley are on board to “welcome” Africa, Asia and the Middle East to the state.

My contention is that citizens have been soured by the idea of refugee resettlement because it appears that almost everywhere they are being shoved down the throats of unsuspecting communities where the economic costs and social upheaval weigh heavy on Americans citizens.

The news from Europe on Muslim ‘refugees’ overrunning the continent also causes anxiety among Americans who fear that it could happen here.

Trump would do well to focus on immigration when he gets to South Carolina.

(The Republican primary in SC is February 20th.)

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