Opinion: Trump is leading in the polls, but it’s not because voters love him

Photo/Doug Mills/The New York Times / Former President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally at the Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023.

Paul McCartney recently released the last Beatles song, and the Rolling Stones topped the charts with their new album. We tangle with Iran, and then there are sudden uprisings in Beirut. Just how far back did we set the clocks last weekend?

When Joe Biden was briefed about Beirut, he said, "Yeah, Beirut was good in his day, but Micky Mantle was a better home run hitter."

With the incompetence of the Biden administration, and Trump not speaking a lot because the courts have him under various gag orders, "The Donald" has risen in the polls. Some pollsters say he is winning in five key swing states. However, real results in Virginia's elections Tuesday still point to abortion hurting Republicans.

I guess it reminds us that the more we see of a politician, the less we like. Biden won the presidency from his basement; Trump might win it back from the witness stand.

Donald Trump is particularly popular in the South. It seems odd that a brash, obnoxious New Yorker like Trump would resonate with the South. We do not like the personality of Trump, but we really, really do not like how big, expensive, arrogant and corrupt the federal government has become. He is a proxy for our anger.

We are also tired of the arrogant, leftist, coastal elite narrative that we are racist rubes, and they know better than we do. Lefties paint a narrative that every Southern state's state bird is Jim Crow. Trump's policies and results represent what we want. It takes a bombastic outsider to change Washington.

All this racist finger-pointing at the South is the deflection of the racism of the North. There are no cities more racist than Boston or New York. Remember Martha's Vineyard as its denizens clutched their pearls when illegal immigrants arrived and were then turned away?

The South and Republicans take a dim view of government. We believe it should be minimal and should serve the people. Democrats believe government should be big and serve them.

Everyone knows Biden is a total disaster. But if they dump him, they get the lightweight, affirmative-action product, Kamala Harris. She is Biden's safety net. You move him out, you get her. Checkmate and stalemate.

Although he invites criticism, Trump continues to take the slings and arrows of the outrageous left. CNN repeats the Democrats' confusing mantra, "Democracy is at risk," whatever that means. They somehow reason that Trump views himself as some all-powerful Roman emperor. It's too bad Orange Julius is trademarked; it would be a great campaign moniker for Trump.

Sadly, the nation has deteriorated so badly that we cannot seem to function as a society. This Saturday we celebrate Veterans Day, and we thank our fathers and grandfathers for their service. They fought in Japan, Germany and all over the world for our freedoms and values — and to keep this country from turning into precisely what it has become today.

Democrats use the brute force of government to prosecute their political opponents. Three Democratic prosecutors are targeting Donald Trump, which has only made him soar in the polls.

Democrats want to disqualify Trump from running for president under some archaic treason law that kept Confederates from office during Reconstruction. Trump is now the first president arrested since Jefferson Davis. And that is why there will always be a Trump merchandise aisle at every Dollar General, Stuckey's, Cracker Barrel and roadside fireworks stand in the South.

Contact Ron Hart, a libertarian op-ed satirist, author and TV/radio commentator, at Ron@RonaldHart.com.