Trump secures GOP nomination

Fairfax reports:

Donald Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for US president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter autumn campaign.

Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) by a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the national convention in July.

Among them is Oklahoma GOP chairwoman Pam Pollard.

“I think he has touched a part of our electorate that doesn’t like where our country is,” Pollard said. “I have no problem supporting Mr Trump.”

It takes 1237 delegates to win the Republican nomination. Trump has reached 1238.

With 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7, Trump will easily pad his total, avoiding a contested convention in Cleveland.

Trump can now go all in on attacking Hillary Clinton and has already begun.

Many pundits thought that Donald Trump couldn’t win the nomination but he has slain 16 professional politicians along the way. Those same pundits are now saying he can’t win the presidency, and while that may look true on paper the one thing Donald Trump has proven is that the rule books don’t matter and the play books from previous elections are all out the window.

It is still difficult for him to win but it appears there is a change afoot.

Frank Luntz from TIME notes:

Voters demand that politicians speak as angrily and as disrespectfully as the voters feel

As a professional focus group moderator, I’m about to make an admission that could cost me clients and even a career: I’ve lost control.

Northeastern moms are mad. California Tree Huggers are ticked off. Born Again Iowans are irate. I’ve led three dozen focus groups in more than a dozen states this year, and trying to moderate and mediate a sensible discussion about politics has become like feeding time at the crocodile enclosure. The moment a contentious topic is introduced, a cacophony of voices spew forward in rapid crescendo, each one louder and more breathless than the last. Within minutes, everyone is yelling, no one is listening and nothing is resolved. The public may despise most members of Congress, but we’ve sure gotten good at emulating them.

Welcome to the election from hell.

Only Donald Trump speaks to those voters. Hillary Clinton speaks past them with her fake accents and her fake cool.

This election is going to be brutal…and spectacular.

– Fairfax, TIME

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