Most of us have seen Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on TV during his speeches in early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
But as Georgia’s presidential primary approaches, Trump is becoming a bigger presence here, having made appearances already in Macon and — just this past weekend — in downtown Atlanta.
The rhetoric was nothing new. There were the attacks on undocumented Latinos, and more crass comments on the press, saying that those in the media are “the world’s most dishonest people. They are terrible, terrible human beings.”
What was new was the location. Trump made these comments just blocks away from our state capitol, and down the street from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s childhood home and resting place. Thousands of Georgians traveled to the World Congress Center to cheer on his every insult and fabrication. His speech was preceded by a glowing endorsement from a former Chair of the Georgia Republican Party.
Now Donald Trump, the man who called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and called for a nationwide ban on Muslims, is poised to win the Georgia Republican Presidential Primary next month with the enthusiastic support of elected GOP officials like Public Service Commissioner “Bubba” McDonald and State Senator Burt Jones. “Things are looking good in Georgia,” he declared near the end of his remarks.
Nationwide, the Trump campaign is powering forward and showing no signs of slowing down. He is the favorite to win the GOP nomination, and on March 1, our state could be another notch in his belt.
And he’s already acting like he owns the place. He’ll be back next week for a rally in Valdosta.