A lot of so-called political experts think a Donald Trump presidential nomination would be a disaster for the Republican Party. They think he would be crushed by Hillary Clinton in the general election. They also believe that having him at the top of ticket would have cataclysmic consequences for the down ballot GOP candidates, such as those running for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, governor, etc. But I think Trump could actually beat Clinton. Sure, he would probably attract even fewer minorities than did John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two GOP nominees who were ultimately defeated. However, he can more than make up for it by attracting white blue-collar workers from the Rust Belt and the Northeast.
These are voters that make up a good portion of the Reagan Democrat coalition that no Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan have been able to win over. Pulling large numbers of those voters away from Clinton could result in Trump victories in places like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, and/or New Jersey. Those are all states the Democrats have carried in at least the last two presidential elections. Some have even gone Democrat in the last eight elections. If Trump could carry two or more of them, he would be almost guaranteed to win. That’s something that needs to be considered by those pundits and commentators who are automatically assuming that Clinton would easily defeat Trump.