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John Romano: Time to pay attention to Donald Trump supporters



Times columnist John Romano with a terrific column this morning after Tuesday's Florida primary. An excerpt:

Donald Trump arrived in Florida on a roll, and he left with a pocketful of delegates. Meanwhile, a popular former governor didn't even make it to the starting line, and a once-promising senator got poll-slapped.

And so what have we learned in the aftermath of Trump-mania?

Ignoring him didn't work.

Attacking him didn't work.

So why not try listening to him?

Because something he is saying is resonating with a lot of people. And, at this point, it's too simplistic to dismiss his supporters as nothing but a small, angry mob.

Not after his victories in at least 19 of the first 30 primaries. And not after his performance in Florida on Tuesday.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 10:51am]


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