Donald Trump’s rancorous rhetoric about the Obama administration has aroused the frustrations of Americans and GOP candidates. Before primary day, angry conservatives should put their emotions on pause, take deep breaths and consider the inevitable math involved in winning the November election.

In the last two elections, registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans, and the growing young, diverse voter population is rapidly increasing with attitudes leaning Democratic. About two-thirds of the voters in November will not be Republican.

To beat Hillary Clinton, Republicans must win a large majority of independent voters, and those voters do not support extremist partisans or ideologues. The non-partisan polling organization, YouGov, has been tracking independent and moderate voters, asking them about their presidential choices. Trump’s ratings were the worst of any candidate. Ted Cruz was the second worst. Neither candidate is electable in the general election. No wonder the Democrats and the liberal media are giving Trump and Cruz so much promotional support.

Donald Trump and right wing Republicans make strange bedfellows. Peel back the onion of Trump’s politics, and you find that he is not a true conservative but is a closet liberal.

Marco Rubio may be the only candidate who can appeal to voters in the six to eight swing states. Rubio’s passion, charisma and conservative principles can better resonate with young voters, females, Hispanics and other minorities.

Whom do conservatives prefer in the White House? A Republican or a liberal Obama clone? Please make your choice carefully.

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