Donald Trump raised eyebrows on Tuesday night when he campaigned in deeply Democrat Washington State, which hasn’t voted for a Republican president since 1984, which was Ronald Reagan’s landslide victory over Democrat Walter Mondale.
Trump visited Everett, Washington on Tuesday, holding a rally in the city about 28 miles north of far-left Seattle, telling an enthusiastic crowd that he planned on winning the deep blue state.
“We’re going to work very hard over the next 70 days. And we’re going to win this state,” Trump predicted emphatically as some in the crowd behind him had expressions of disbelief. “And we’re going to win the White House. We’re going to take back the White House,” he said, this time with cheers of approval.
“You know a Republican would never come to the state of Washington,” he continued. “And you know on television they said ‘I wonder why he’s going to the state of Washington because you know what? Republicans don’t win it.’ But we’re going to win it. That’s why I’m here,” Trump declared.
Trump said that “this love affair” that he’s having with The Evergreen State began three months ago and that the big crowds he’s had at rallies in the state are proof that he’ll win the state.
Trump has an uphill battle in the state according to the few polls available in Washington State. The most recent, on August 15, shows the bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor down by almost 20 points to corrupt leftist Hillary Clinton, 43 percent to 24 percent (33 percent — “other”).
Washington state is split politically in two, with the western part of the state dominated by almost Marxist King County where Seattle is located, and the eastern half of the state, which is largely rural and is quite conservative. Unfortunately, for those conservative voters, highly densely populated Seattle and surrounding very liberal King County far outweigh conservative voters in the rest of the state.
For perspective, consider that Democrat Barack Obama handily defeated Mitt Romney by a whopping 15-point margin in 2012 (56-41%), while in 2008, Obama crushed John McCain by a staggering 17 points (57-40%). Therefore, Trump’s prediction is more than likely either ego-driven or simply delusional in a race that shows him trailing significantly in all but one poll.
I suppose you could give kudos to Trump for trying to reach out in a state that he has nearly zero chance of winning, but with only 70 days left in the campaign, it’s probably not the smartest strategy in the world. Shouldn’t he be concentrating on battleground states where he actually has a chance to win?
Trump has misled voters before like he did during the GOP primary when he promised to have a “deportation force” that would deport the millions of illegal aliens in the country. Now, he is “softening” on the issue, an issue that along with “the wall” is a cornerstone policy position for him.
Promising to win Washington state is likely misleading voters again. Either that or it would be an upset for the ages. We shall see.