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The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

es­tab­lish­ment and me­dia laughed at him and thought he was a joke, but trust me, he is no joke. If the Repub­li­can Party doesn’t em­brace him, I won’t be with the Repub­li­can Party.”

On the cam­paign trail, Mr. Trump in­sists there is a “silent ma­jor­ity [who] wants this coun­try to have vic­to­ries again.” Ms. Mon­tesi and a dozen other Trump sup­port­ers in­ter­viewed by The Wash­ing­ton Times say they are a part of that group — and Mr. Trump has given them the con­fi­dence not to be silent any longer.

They ex­press frus­tra­tion over how the U.S. is per­ceived by for­eign na­tions — weak and list­less — un­der Pres­i­dent Obama’s di­rec­tion. They say their taxes are wasted in Wash­ing­ton and their Chris­tian be­liefs are be­ing tar­geted. They feel they have been swept away in a tide of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

And they see in Mr. Trump a cham­pion will­ing to fight all of that.

“Peo­ple like courage, and a lot of th­ese can­di­dates don’t have the chutz­pah Trump has,” said Wil­liam Ritchie, a re­tired editor for the Yel­low Pages who has do­nated to Mr. Trump’s cam­paign. “We haven’t had some­one who will stand up and fight for us. Trump is a force­ful per­son­al­ity and is not afraid to speak out. He’s a win­ner.”

His sup­port­ers are swayed by Mr. Trump’s pro­fessed abil­ity to take a hard line and ne­go­ti­ate a deal — a qual­i­fi­ca­tion

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