Is Trump Electable as President?
Prince George, B.C. – Donald Trump may be steamrolling his way to the Republican nomination but could he be elected as the next president of the United States?
We posed that question to University of Northern British Columbia political science professor Dr. Gary Wilson following Trump’s successful showing on Super Tuesday this week.
“Well I guess that’s the big question right and a lot of it depends on the ability of both the Republican and Democrats to mobilize people to get out to vote. One of the strengths of the Obama campaign of course was getting people out to vote who normally hadn’t,” he says.
“If Trump becomes the nominee he’ll need to do the same. But it’s also about making sure the people, the Republican voters that are unsure about Trump or don’t like him, come out and vote instead of just staying home.”
Even so, does he have enough widespread appeal to pull it off?
“He has appeal among certain groups of people. He says some things which are simply inflammatory and wrong but he certainly doesn’t pull any punches in terms of speaking his mind,” says Wilson.
“A lot of people are sort of sick of normal politics where politicians dance around the issues and here we have a politician that sort of comes up and says what he thinks which for some people is a positive.”
But he cautions a lot can happen between now and the election next November.
“Many different things can happen so we certainly can’t make any predictions but he’s certainly not a mainstream candidate. He doesn’t have the Republican establishment behind him and that’s important.”