Ky. Republicans Assess Trump's Popularity

Mar 7, 2016

Credit nypost.com

Republican legislators in Kentucky are citing various reasons for Donald Trump’s front-runner status in the race for the party’s nomination for president. Trump won both the Kentucky republican caucus and the Louisiana primary on Saturday.  

London Senator Albert Robinson came to Frankfort in 1972, serving first in the state house for eight years. The veteran republican says Trump holds nothing back.  “I think he’s telling the people what they want to hear," Robinson said. "It’s the truth, but he is bringing out the frustrations of the people and at least he’s getting these issues out where people have to talk about them."

Senate President Robert Stivers, a republican, says there are three types of people voting for Trump.  “There is a group that is tired of political correctness," said Stivers. "There is a group that feels they’ve been shunned and are outsiders.  There are a group that truly think the United States has lost its prominence."

Will Schroder, a first term republican senator from northern Kentucky, believes part of Trump’s draw is his big personality and "movie star quality."  Schroder says he’s concerned about the direction Trump is taking the Republican Party and that he prefers any of the other GOP candidates to the front-runner.​