they are calling 2016 the year of the outsider, which they attribute a lot of it to Trump winning. but even 2012 is not that long ago and ron paul was a real outsider unlike trump he was taking on the military industrial complex and had a more clear foreign policy, as well as a clear antiwar on drugs and pro liberty message? I know that some of trumps appeal comes from not being politically correct, being tough on immigration and of course he received a lot more media coverage than ron paul , who was partly ignored by the media, but still Ron Paul did not even win a state last time around. He filed to "dilute" the status quo or establishment vote. Trump on the other hand crushed the 17 other candidates, He even claimed they rigged the system in some places like Colorado, But Trump won massively everywhere from the deep south to the northeast to the midwest. Just everywhere
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1. Ron Paul didn't run on a platform of presumed racism, which Trump is winkingly doing all the time.
2. Despite libertarian policies, Ron Paul is a staunch and public Baptist and the GOP has an untapped block of people ranging from rough living to casually religious who fall socially outside of some of his statements. The Republican Party seems ready to step outside of fundamentalism.0
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Because Ron Paul didn't have the showmanship that Trump has. Trump impresses people with his rebuttals, fiery statements, and overall control of debates and press conferences. America loves a winner and Donald Trump goes out there and presents himself with bravado every time he speaks.
I was an original Ron Paul fan, I still am, my first choice for Republican nominee would be Rand Paul since his father didn't seek the nomination again. But honestly, the Paul's are too smart for their own good. They would make good leaders but they lull people with their facts, rhetoric, etc. Ron Paul is also a Libertarian while Trump is a Traditional Nationalist Conservative. Different things. Many Americans don't support some ideologies present within the Libertarian movement such as open borders and legalization of drugs.
Politics is not so cut and dry.2