According to The Washington Examiner, in the history of presidential races– no Republican candidate has ever won both the Granite and Palmetto States and lost the Republican nomination for president.
CNN reports that South Carolina has “handed victory to the eventual Republican standard bearer every cycle since 1980 — with the exception of Newt Gingrich in 2012.
And Trump can now bask in the fact that every Republican who has won both New Hampshire and South Carolina has gone on to claim the nomination.”
Trump proved he could dominate the race in the Deep South. And he pummeled Jeb Bush, destroying the Bush dynasty’s chance for a third try at the White House.
After his South Carolina win, Trump dismissed any concerns about his momentum as more candidates drop out. He said, “As people drop out, I’m gonna get a lot of those votes also,” he predicted.
Many considered the New York businessman’s announcement last year a joke– he wouldn’t’ last and he’d self-destruct.
But nine months later he’s dominating the polls, and delegate votes, and is poised to win the Nevada caucus today, and eventually the nomination at the Republican National Convention in July.
On March 1, “Super Tuesday,” 11 states will hold primaries on a single day. As Trump’s momentum builds, so also will the “anti-Trump” movement. What remains to be seen is whether or not voters and delegates will solidify a victory that could be irreversible.
Of his recent victories, Trump announced:
“When you win it’s beautiful and we’re going to start — we are going to start winning for our country. We’re going to start winning.
“Because our country doesn’t win anymore. Doesn’t win. We don’t win with the military, we can’t beat ISIS. We have great military but we can’t beat ISIS. We don’t win on trade. You look at what China’s doing to us, what Japan does to us, what Mexico is just killing us at the border — at the border and with trade. Mexico is killing us — absolutely. We’ll do the wall. Don’t worry. We’re going to do the wall.
“Mexico’s going to pay for the wall and it’s very easy. The other politicians come down, ‘you can’t get Mexico to pay for the wall.’ I said, ‘100 percent.’ We have a $58 billion trade deficit with Mexico. The wall is going to cost $10 to $12 billion, OK? Believe me, they will pay. One of the officials — actually, one of the ex-officials from Mexico had a news conference.
“And he announced that we will not be paying for the wall. Who does Mr. Trump think he is? They came to me — the press. These people — look at all those cameras back there.
“The press came to me and they told me that he said that he would not pay for the wall. Do you have a comment? I said, ‘yes. The wall just got 10 feet taller.'”
February 23, 2016